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Beyond Playtime: Meaningful Ways Dads Can Connect with Their Children

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As Filipino dads, our family’s role is crucial. We provide love, guidance, and support to our children and aim to be their pillars of strength as they grow up.

Despite my busy schedule, I try to make time with my children. Not only do I get to have fun with them, but I also get to bond with them and be there for them every step of the way.

So, without further ado, here are some everyday activities I do with my kids:

Cooking Together

There’s a saying that the way to our hearts is through our stomachs. Well, I think the way to make bonds with your loved ones is by cooking together.

Encouraging our children to be involved in the kitchen while teaching them recipes passed down through generations (or giving them a simple 101 guide to simple dishes, to be practical) is a great way to have quality time with your little ones. Whenever there’s an event or a family gathering, let our kids be more involved in the kitchen, especially when instilling responsibility, discipline, and teamwork.

Exploring Nature

Perhaps being hands-on is not a thing for your children; not all dads are great in the kitchen. Going back to our wandering roots would be ideal instead.

Our country has abundant natural beauty, which should be a perfect way to unwind while hanging out with your kids. Whether visiting beaches or taking walks to picturesque parks, anything to give your kids fresh air and appreciate nature. If you’re feeling adventurous, camping also makes for a beautiful bonding time. Exploring nature together creates opportunities for meaningful conversations, teaches children about the environment, and creates cherished memories of outdoor adventures.

Cultural Immersion

As our society moves forward, we must remember where we came from. Introducing our children to Filipino culture through events, dances, and visiting historical sites and museums can help them feel proud of their heritage and bring them closer together.

Museums and historical sites are often free, allowing our kids to learn while spending time with us.

You don’t have to do anything fancy to bond with your children, just as long as they’re engaging, thoughtful, and memorable.

Bonding not only helps with your kids’ emotional well-being but also enriches the one’s experience of parenthood. Once your kids grow old, you will have something to look back to and talk about. Take your chance to share moments of joy with them.

Written by
Soren Rivera

Coffee-fueled blogger with a penchant for tech and anything else that's fun under the sun. Still at bronze rank at changing diapers.

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