Father & Son Activities: 8 Ways to Bond With Your Son

Raising boys can be difficult at the best of times. With generations constantly changing, it can be difficult to keep up with your son’s life as he enters a world you’re unfamiliar with. Whether we intend to or not, as your child develops, soon we’ll be the dinosaurs that need our kids to help with new and complicated tech. This is sadly just a fact of life and unfortunately can end up putting a strain on you and your son’s relationship. So, how can you make sure you maintain a healthy relationship with your son? Well, here’s a list of 8 activities perfect for father and son bonding.

Movies

The best way to bond is to find common ground with your son. Ask him about movies he likes and then maybe suggest watching some with him. It’ll reassure him that you’re interested in his life and it will also potentially help you learn things you may not have realised about your son’s personality. It may also be worth suggesting a father and son cinema trip to help you both get outside of the house. Who knows, it may end up becoming a regular thing.

Video Games

As long as you’re prepared for him to likely be far better than you, then another great way to bond with your son is by playing video games with him. Most boys nowadays spend a crazy amount of time on their consoles, what better opportunity to spend some quality time with him than by getting involved in one of his favourite hobbies. Find out his favourite games and if any of them happen to be multiplayer then you’re in luck. If you’ve never played a video game, it’s probably best to get some practice in before you suggest a game – it may end up frustrating for both of you if he has to spend his time trying to teach you how to play.

Fishing

A very popular father/son activity, but for good reason. It will remind him that you still have plenty of things to teach him. There’s still probably a lot more you can learn about fishing as well. Like, did you know you can get special fishing reels for catching bass? As long as you remain patient, fishing can be a calming activity for both of you and it’s always good for both of you to reconnect with nature. Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet and show your son there are more ways to enjoy yourself. Plus, actually catching something would be a bonus as well.

Cooking

Something we could all improve is our cooking skills. Try making some meals or even try your hand at baking with your son. It’s a great activity as there is room for error from both of you and requires you both to work as a team. Teaching him to cook will definitely benefit him in the future and you’ll also (after some trial and error) get some delicious meals out of it.

Sports

Whether watching or playing, there are so many different sports out there that there simply has to be one that you and your son can bond over. You could introduce him to your favourite sports team and take him to games as well as a treat. If you’re wanting to improve you and your son’s fitness then there are plenty of sports you can play in your backyard. Just be prepared to be a bit slower than you remember. Remember, you both have things to learn from each other.

DIY Projects

If you have some work to do around the house, then why not ask your son for some help? An extra hand will make sure you get those jobs done quicker. Anything from painting the walls or fixing up the car to building some furniture, there’s plenty of benefits for both of you by working together. Plus, by teaching him and letting him help, you’ll be giving him invaluable life skills as well. Boys always like to be right and can get frustrated when things don’t work out the way they intended. Be sure to keep your cool and reassure your son if he seems to be getting frustrated. Remind him that IKEA furniture is a challenge for everyone. There’s no harm in getting confused.

Ice Cream

If you’re looking for an activity that’s both sweet and simple (pun intended), then look no further. You don’t need to do anything fancy to bond with your son. Even just taking him to get some of his favourite ice-cream will help improve your relationship. It also works as a great reward after doing some of the other slightly more strenuous bonding activities from earlier like DIY or fishing. You never know, you might even find him feeling more comfortable with opening up to you.

Help them with homework

A bane of every kids’ existence, keeping on top of homework can be a difficult task. An excellent way to bond with your son is by helping him with more academic challenges like homework. Kids sometimes have trouble asking their teachers if they’re confused, so it could be beneficial for him to be able to ask you. Just make sure he doesn’t trick you into doing it for him. The most beneficial thing you can do is clear up his confusion so he can solve the problems for himself. This may require some refamiliarizing from you, but he’ll surely appreciate it.

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The Advantages of Working from a Home Office

Working from home is a great way to save time and money on office space and travel so that you can prioritise the running of your business. Using a home office is great for someone who regularly has the issue of not being able to find childcare, or someone who spends a lot of time and money on physically getting to work. This can cause serious issues when it comes to things like motivation and exhaustion as it takes so much effort for you to get into the physical work environment. Imagine if you didn’t have to go and you would be able to do a full day’s work whilst remaining within the convenience of your own home.

 

Getting a quality home office setup is crucial to being able to work from home just as effectively as you would in the workplace. With a dedicated workspace within your home you can ensure optimal productivity. It can be a very expensive task and for someone who doesn’t already have an existing home office setup you may have to make a few purchases, with the most expensive probably being the office furniture, yourbestdeals has coupons for them here so that some reduction can be made to the cost of creating your home office.

Advantages.

More time to work – cutting out travel times can add hours to some peoples work days, by allowing working from a home office the work day can start much earlier than if you had to travel.

For those of you with kids, working from home can be a great way to avoid childcare costs and the inevitable day that you can’t find someone to look after your child. By working from home you can stay with your child not only saving you money but reducing any stress you may have when balancing home and work life.

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3 New Games Your Kids Will Love

Whether we like it or not, kids these days love their video games. Whether on a console, PC or on their mobile, there are an unbelievable amount of games for your kids to choose from. From FPS (First Person Shooter) games, all the way to roll playing strategy games, it’s a world that many of us are very unfamiliar with. It can be impossible to keep up with what kids are playing as it seems to be constantly changing. It can also be difficult to make sure your kids are staying safe if they’re playing online or if they’re playing content that may be a bit too mature for them. Well, fear not parents and guardians, here are 3 new parent-friendly games that we’re sure your kids will love.

Dreams

A new release exclusive to PS4 consoles, Dreams has been regarded as a breakthrough in modern gaming technology. From the creators of Little Big Planet, Dreams combines the traditional elements of gaming with playable levels and a progressing storyline with the opportunity to learn how to create and develop your own games. It’s an excellent opportunity for your child to use their imagination and you never know, this could even be the beginning of a career in game design or development.

Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross

A PC game rapidly growing in popularity, SDS is a cinematic role-playing game (RPG) based off of the Seven Deadly Sins anime. Absolutely filled with interesting characters, fun visuals and hours of gameplay, this is a great example of a game with a massive community of players. A great opportunity for your kids to make new friends. Online gaming may sound daunting, but rest assured, sdsgc is totally safe for your kids! Your kids will be free to explore a beautifully designed 3D world and will be swept up in an exciting adventure full of challenges.

Animal Crossing: New Horizon

A long-awaited game for many adults, there has never been a better time to introduce your child to the wonderful world of Animal Crossing. New to Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, Animal Crossing: New Horizons sees your character make their home on an island run by the ever-wonderful Tom Nook. The game offers a totally inoffensive world in which your child will be free to explore. With the opportunity to catch a wild variety of fish and bugs and also to dig up fossils, the game also offers an excellent opportunity for your child to learn more about the world around them.

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The Best Educational Word Games to Play With Your Kids

Using word games as an educational tool is a great way to inject some fun into learning. Making vocabulary expansion fun is very effective and if your children enjoy playing games then why not twist it in a way that can have some educational value too. With so many online and physical word games being available on the market it is certain that there will be a game out there that works for you and your kids. Why not try to make learning fun, if you can provide your child with some enjoyment whilst they learn you may find your methods to be a lot more effective in getting educational results.

Scrabble

Classic board game Scrabble is a household staple when it comes to board games, players choose letter tiles at random and are challenged to create words with the highest point value. The more obscure letters have more points and with the opportunity to boost your points with double and triple word spaces on the board, this game can get extremely competitive. In terms of how educational this game is, because it challenges players to make words from a random selection of letters it really does get your children thinking about the words they know and can even reveal new words they didn’t know the meaning to already. For beginners who may struggle with the concept of scrabble you may choose to use a word unscrambler, which makes words from a given set of letters, using a tool like this may seem redundant but it still encourages your children to think about expanding their vocabulary as they are being exposed to new words.

Words With Friends

With a similar concept to the board game Scrabble, Words with friends is another great way of getting your children to have fun whilst doing something educational. Play with friends and family online to to add even more competitiveness and enjoyment to the game, challenge yourself to make the best words in terms of point value from a set of given letters, as this game is on a smartphone application platform your children may be more inclined to get involved and expand their vocabularies whilst having fun with their peers.

Hangman

Classic time killer, Hangman is a perfect example of a word game that encourages the development of your children’s education. The beauty of this game is that it can be played anywhere, all you need is a pen and a notebook for hours of fun. The simplicity of Hangman with how well it encourages your children to think about vocabulary makes it an extremely useful educational tool. Players take turns to think of a word that fits a given category and the other players take turns to guess the letters the word contains, as you guess the letters correctly more of the word is revealed to aid you in guessing however, should you get a letter wrong a body part is added to the Hangman and once complete if you haven’t guessed the word you lose.

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Biking with Kids: Choosing a Cargo Bike

Cargo bikes are becoming an increasingly popular method of transport, particularly for families with kids. This is due to their low cost, non-existent carbon footprint, and the myriad of health benefits of they bring. Consequently, many people have even swapped their cars for one.

Cargo bikes sometimes have two wheels, sometimes three. They can be big or small, and as stated, they are all great for families with kids, with some having space for child to sit in the front and others having space for them in the back. Only some are suitable for transporting babies however, and some may be unsuitable for older kids. With that in mind, what are the best cargo bikes for biking with kids?

Best Cargo Bikes on the Market

Urban Arrow Family CX

Manufactured in Amsterdam, the Urban Arrow Family CX is one of the pricier bikes on the market, costing £4,900 (or around $6,300). Also, it only has two wheels so may be a bit wobbly at first, however, if you ride cargo bikes often you should get used to it pretty quickly.

That being said, you do get your moneys worth. There’s tons of room in the Arrow, with a bench that can sit two children and you can even put a car seat for a small child in the front if you have the right adapter. You can also customize the bike and add another bench for an additional child, along with a bench at the rear for a fourth child.

Nihola Family-e

Coming in slightly cheaper at £3,600 (or $4,600), this Denmark built bike is it a bit easier to ride even for amateurs as it has three wheels. It is designed to carry two children and is extremely stable and safe. This is because the fact that it has three wheels means that you don’t have to worry about things like kickstands or the bike toppling over, which is very appealing if you will be travelling with kids and you don’t ride a bike often. The Nihola Family-e also has e-assist, which makes getting up hills much easier.

Bakfiets Riksja

If you’re looking for a bike that can transport adults as well as children, the Riksja is the bike for you. While it is very expensive at £5000 ($6,400) it is extremely sturdy and could be used for things like playdates with other parents and their children.

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