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10 Things Dads and Kids Should Experience Together

This month we celebrate Fathers all over our country. Being a dad is a rewarding, challenging, and fun job. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Being a father is filled with many experiences, some better than others. As we all desire to be the best dads we can be, to be All Pro Dads, we do our best to create experiences for our kids to enjoy.

If we are honest some of these experiences are intended for us just as much as they are for our kids. I think that is the reason we, as dads, get labeled as adult kids. Because we seem to have just as much fun as our kids. Here are 10 things that every dad and kid should experience together.

1. A road trip.

Remember road trips as a kid? I do. I remember the summer of 1985, when I was 10-years-old, and our family packed up our blue station wagon and drove cross country from Indiana to California to visit family. At the time, two of my favorite things to eat were turkey sandwiches and grapes, and I had my fill of them on that trip. We had so much fun and those memories are still with me today.

2. Run in the sprinklers or play in the rain.

This is just plain fun, for everybody. Yes, you’ll have some soggy shoes, socks, and clothes, but they will dry out and can be washed. The fun can’t be washed out though. That’ll stay with you for a while.

3. Play and watch your favorite sports.

I grew up playing little league baseball, basketball, and flag football. My dad used to coach and teach my brother and me the game. We also used to go to professional games. In particular, baseball and basketball became fun activities we bonded over (still do today). Now I do the same with our kids.

4. Build a fort in your living room.

Get boxes, tables, chairs, blankets, pillows, and whatever else you need to make the best fort you can build together. Then get flashlights, snacks, toys, and enjoy yourselves hanging out inside your fort.

5. Give piggy-back rides, play horsey (on your knee) or put them on your shoulders.

Our youngest is almost too big for all of them, but I still enjoy carrying him on my shoulders and doing piggy-back rides when he asks. This is a must for dads when your kids are younger and smaller.

6. Daddy-daughter dates.

If you have a daughter you must have daddy-daughter dates when they are little and keep doing them as they grow older. Never stop having some version of the daddy-daughter date. It’s fun and important for your relationship as well as her future relationships.

7. Watch superhero flicks together.

Is there any kid in the entire world who does not like superhero or action movies? I know there isn’t one in my house. We love watching Star Wars, Marvel comic and DC comic hero shows and movies. All of us kids (me included) love it.

8. Go to the barbershop.

One of the “rites of passage” is passing on your barber of choice to your kids. There is nothing like a regular trip to the barber shop with your sons. They get to hear “barber shop” talk, which some of you may have to explain later, but beware, some may require you to censor their ears from hearing.

9. Teach them to drive.

Our daughter will be 16 later this year. I’m excited and really nervous at the same time. It’s a new season, but one I’m looking forward to venturing into with her and watching her grow in this area. I know she is excited.

10. Act silly together.

Dance, run, jump, make silly faces, tell jokes, laugh at one another, and anything else that comes to mind. This is not only for young kids. All three of our kids (ages 6-15) enjoy it and I don’t see that enjoyment stopping anytime soon. Loosen up and have fun with your kids.

Your relationship with your kids will be built on many experiences over the years. [Tweet This] Those listed above are just a few. It doesn’t matter what they are, just do them with your kids.

Sound Off

This list is not exhaustive, what is one experience you can add?

Jackie Bledsoe

Jackie Bledsoe is an author, blogger, and speaker, but first and foremost a husband and father of three, who helps men better lead and love the ones who matter most.

  • Samantha Koivisto

    As a dad, share your hobbies. Physical sports are great, but my dad was always into drag racing. The times he got to drive his friend’s racecar and I got to record the stats and gauge readings are some of the more vivid memories I have of our time together growing up. My husband loves music and collecting stamps, and was an Eagle Scout. We already look forward to how he can share these things with our future kids.

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