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Father-teenage daughter activities 10 high value father-daughter bonding ideas

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It’s never too late to start naturing your daughter and to engage in some father-teenage daughter activities. If a father-daughter relationship has been non-existent or weak, it takes deliberate steps by both father and daughter to recover lost time and to start building a great paternal relationship.

First you need to identify what are the key factors that have separated you over time and stalled the father-daughter relationship. It may for example be a busy work schedule. Allocate some time to sit together and talk about it.

If you do not stay in the same house or location, make time to call or use any other medium that is suitable, e.g. whatsapp, email, facebook, etc. The important thing is to find that connection and to start sharing as father and daughter.

If your relationship has been strained lately because you disagreed on something, you need to know that to disagree is perfectly in order! People disagree all the time on different issues. You need to recognize that you disagree not because you are father and daughter, but because of your beliefs and inclinations. When people disagree it is a sign that they are listening to each other, but have strong positions about the issues in question.

Respecting each other’s opinions, however divergent, is the key. In addition, place yourself in the other’s position and you may see things from a new perspective. For example a father may deny his daughter permission to go to a party, not because he does not trust her – as she may jump to conclude – but because, simply, he is her father (meaning he has fears and wants to protect his daughter).

Some daughters may as: “What would my father and I discuss for an hour without boredom kicking in?”

Not all dads (or daughters) are interesting in conversation – some actually just keep quiet! The best time spent with someone is when you do something that you both enjoy, rather than do something only for the other person.

For instance, if you both love table tennis, it feels great and enjoyable to play together; and that can go on for hours. The reason is that attention is dissipated between you two and the ball game. Awesome.

Other father-teenage daughter activities you can pursue together

…to strengthen your unique relationship and help you face future challenges:

• Together in the kitchen
• Out for a meal
• Attending functions that put her in the centre of the crowd – sports, dance, etc.
• College and school awards
• Parental consultations in school and college
• Home parties – e.g. birthday

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Which one of these have you as a father or a daughter engaged in?

In his article “20 Daddy-Daughter Dates {Invest the Time to Win Her Heart}”, Matthew L. Jacobson lists several interesting father-daughter date ideas, many of which are mother-assisted. These range from as simple as an icecream date to more involving ones like hikes, flicks, picnic in the park and make-overs.

You can find more ideas for father-teenage daughter activities at How Stuff Works, in the feature “10 Cool Father-Daughter Activities” by Cristen Conger & Jill Jaracz

As father to a teenage girl, you can step in and help her in becoming assertive about her future.

Here are some father-teenage daughter activities you can engage in, with great future returns, to your credit.

1) Help your teenage daughter with her self-issues

Key among self-issues is her image. As she develops into a teenager, your daughter will get pre-occupied about her image. A major question in her mind is, “Am I beautiful?” Many girls use personalities and celebrities as a benchmark against which they place a judgement on themselves, and sometimes their self-verdict can be disastrous. As a dad you can help her understand the meaning of “beauty” to a man, which goes beyond physical looks.

Another key self issue is her personal hygiene. Does she have all she needs to take care of that? You can resolve this, not by being too inquisitive on this subject, but providing her with some resources to “take care of yourself as a girl.” Still related to her self-image, teach her how to keep tidy and how to arrange and decorate her room. A major recommendation is that you provide her with a full length mirror in her room, if possible.

2) Food, drink and body — loved in a big way and hated as much by teenagers

One of the greatest challenges that a teenage girl faces as she becomes an adult is food. It’s either foods that make her a bit fat or foods that make her too thin. Depending on how she feels about her body, she may be wanting to be smaller or bigger. This physical focus goes into even more detail – what does my bust look like? Is my underarm too big? Should I cover my buttoms? Are my breasts too tiny or too large? At her age bracket, everything is either too big or too small — and sometimes this has nothing to do with the physical size; so don’t bother to help her measure!

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