Dad and Daughter

Maintaining a strong bond between father and daughter is key to raising an empowered young woman. But many fathers feel awkward as they try to bond with their teenage daughters.

To help fathers over this hump, below are seven activities fathers can do with their teen daughters to better connect and bond with them.

Take Turns Watching Favorite Movies

An easy way to ease into bonding activities is to take turns sharing your favorite movies with each other. You can turn it into a more structured bonding activity if you and your daughter work together to prepare the movie snacks as well as take time to discuss the movie post-viewing.

Explore Local Walking Paths With Your Teen

For many teens, a sit-down chat means they are in trouble, even if all you want is to catch up with them. A less-threatening way to talk and bond with your teen daughter is to go walking with her. Whether you two choose to go hike or simply explore walking paths near your home, it will be easier for your daughter to converse with you on the move.  

Go Out On A Dinner “Date”

Going out on a dinner “date” with your daughter can serve multiple purposes beyond just enjoying a meal with her. Some ways you can put this time to good use are:

 

  • Teach your daughter about the etiquette surrounding eating out. Some of this will come from you modeling the right behavior and some will be direct guidance, such as teaching her about tipping practices.
  • Use this time to learn about your daughter, things such as what her favorite foods are, who her friends are, what she likes to spend her time doing.
  • Make sure she knows the dinner together is special and about spending time with each other, not your devices. Make a pact where neither of you touches your phones during the dinner.   

Have Her Teach You About Social Media

It can be tough to counteract the negative effects social media has on your daughter if you don’t understand how social media works. Set up times where your daughter can teach you about the various social media platforms, so you can understand just how your teenage daughter is receiving a lot of her information.

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As a bonus, some form of social media, such as Snapchat, can make it easier for you communicate quickly with your daughter and give you insight into what interests her.

Redecorate Her Room As A Team

Allowing your daughter to have a say in her room decor can be very empowering for her and the actual work of redecorating can allow you two to learn how to work as a team.

 

If your teen wants decor elements which seem like a bad idea, like a painting her entire room dark purple, do your best to reach a compromise. Maybe one wall can be dark purple with the others walls a much lighter shade.

Enjoy A Class Together

For many teenagers, the admission from a parent that the parent doesn’t know everything can greatly reassure teens. So, learning together can be an excellent way to bond with your teen daughter. A few class topics you and your daughter may be interested in are:

 

  • 3D printing
  • Cooking
  • Foreign language
  • Coding
  • Woodshop
  • Art

Take Long Drives With Your Teen Daughter

Simply taking time to go on long drives can help you and your daughter bond with each other. You can allow her to pick the destination or just go exploring and see where the road takes you both.

 

No matter what you choose to do, taking the time to focus on and listen to your daughter will help strengthen your father-daughter bond.

Resources

  1. https://www.medicaldaily.com/why-father-daughter-relationship-so-important-246744
  2. https://helpyourteennow.com/5-father-daughter-activities-that-emphasize-communication/
  3. https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/social-skills/
  4. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/five_tips_for_helping_teens_manage_technology
  5. https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/5-online-safety-tips-hackers-techie-parents/

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Tyler Jacobson

As a father of three, Tyler Jacobson lends his parenting experiences for the learning benefit of parents everywhere. For years he has researched and writes for Liahona Academy and other organizations that help troubled boys, focusing on topics surrounding social media use, teenage education, serious addiction issues, mental and behavioral disorders, and abnormal teenage stress. Follow Tyler on: Twitter | LinkedIn
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