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Four Fantastic Father & Son Bonding Activities

Dads especially stepdads should never feel their presence is unimportant or that Mom can handle it. Mom’s just can’t fill the role the way you can.

Dad’s are irreplaceable and critical to the academic, emotional and social well-being of their sons. A great way to interact with your son away from the flat screen or video games is to do something active with them.

Thankfully, there are plenty of activities you and your son can both enjoy together. Here are four fantastic father and son bonding activities.

Go Fish

Taking your son fishing is a time honored bonding tradition. There are several aspects of fishing that make it a great bonding activity.

One is you and your son are outside and interacting with nature. Second, it teaches patience in a fun and engaging way.

Most importantly, fishing gives you quality time alone with your son giving him the opportunity to talk to you about anything that comes to mind.

If You Build It, You Will Bond

This is another great way to get involved with your son. What’s great about building something is the potential for learning everything involved in the process.

By building something you can teach your son about various tools and their proper use. It also instills the value of starting and completing a project.

Easy building ideas could be a bird house or a pinewood derby race car. If you’re especially ambitious you can pursue something like building a go-cart or restoring a vintage car.

Building things together will in turn help you build your relationship.

Take A Hike

Hiking can be a great activity to do with your son. Like fishing, hiking gets you and your son out and about in nature.

It’s also great exercise, so there’s a health benefit to it as well. Also, there are many activities you can do while hiking, such as looking for specific animals tracks or types of trees.

Additionally, you might also bring along a pair of binoculars to make nature watching that much more interesting.  These sort of tools are always helpful when taking a hike in the woods, no matter where you live.

Be A Sport

Playing sports with your son can be a great activity. If you son has a favorite sport go outside and have a friendly competition.

Not that athletic then buy some tickets for you and your son to go see his favorite professional sports team in action. If you’re not much of a sports person, there’s plenty of non-traditional options to choose from as well – for example, skateboarding, snowboarding and dirt bike riding to name a few. 

Companies, like Bob’s Cycle & Snowmobile Supply, know wearing the proper safety gear for these type of activities is a must. Make sure to set the example for your son by getting and wearing the correct protective gear.

Making both the time and finding an activity you can bond over with your son is a commitment of love. The bonds you create will last a lifetime. 

Hopefully, the ideas above will help you find an activity both you and your son will enjoy.

About The Author

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. Rachelle tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter @RachelleWilber and Facebook.

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