Bonding With Your Teenage Son

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When your son was younger, he thought you were Superman. He hung off your every word, and boasted to all of his friends about how great you were. But now he’s getting older, you might be starting to drift apart. When you take him to school he’ll get you to drop him off down the road so you don’t embarrass him. It won’t be like this forever, and once he’s an adult, your relationship will improve, though he won’t think your word is gospel anymore. Those years in between can be tough and it might feel like you’re losing him, but don’t worry. You could try winning him round with a gift, but spending time together is better. Even though he doesn’t want to admit it, he does still enjoy your company. Here are a few ideas for father-son outings you can take him on, for a bit of quality bonding time.

Video Games

Parents spend so much time trying to drag their kids away from the TV and get them outside. The more you hassle them, the less likely they are to listen, so why not try playing with him. I’m sure he would love the opportunity to give you a pasting at his favorite game, and the better you get, the more inclined he’ll be to play with you. You can also keep an eye on the kinds of games that he’s playing, and decide whether they are suitable or not.


If you do manage to convince him to go outside, a fishing trip is a great way to spend some time together, without any distractions. Look online to see if there are any local lakes that you can go fishing in. Lots of them have camping facilities nearby so you can make a whole weekend of it. Once you’re both a bit more experienced, you could try sea fishing. You’ll need to set yourself up with a boat and a trolling motor. If you’re unsure, check out this trolling motors 101 for a bit of advice.

Sporting Events

Most boys love sports, and the chances are he won’t be able to afford the tickets himself. Getting season tickets is a good idea because then you have a regular day out to attend together. If you can’t afford to go to the big games, then college sports are a cheaper option.


If you’re worried about your sons health, then cycling is a good activity to do together. It will give you a chance to bond as you take in the scenery, and it is also great exercise for the both of you. If he gets into the habit of exercising regularly, he is more likely to carry it on in later life.

Fixing Things Around The House

Eventually your son is going to move out. If he doesn’t have any basic DIY skills, he’s going to struggle on his own. Getting him to help you fix things around the house is a great way to spend some time with him, and teach him valuable skills at the same time. But that doesn’t mean you can palm all of your chores off on him. Make sure you fix things together, and teach him proper safety techniques.


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