Studies have shown that children who have highly involved fathers have higher cognitive development and problem solving abilities, perform better academically, are generally more prepared for and satisfied with life.

Are we being the kind of fathers that produce these type of children? I hope I am. . .I’m working at it.

One of the most important things we can do for our children is to spend one-on-one time with each of them. How can we have a positive effect if we don’t know our kids? Talking, laughing, playing, working together. . .that’s how we get to know them. . .how they get to know us.

[important]Here are five simple ideas for spending one-on-one time with your kids:

1. Take a Walk

A simple walk around the neighbored or down a trail can be a wonderful opportunity to talk with our kids.

2. Have a Picnic

Make some sandwiches and find a nice spot outside to eat and enjoy each other’s company.

3. Play a Game

Pull out your favorite board or card game and, weather permitting, find a quiet spot at a park or anywhere outside (this is The Outdoors Dad after all).

4. Play at the Park

Speaking of parks, take a younger kid to one nearby to play at the playground.  They love it.  You could also kick or throw a ball around or do any number of activities with the younger and older kids alike.

5. Go for a Hike

You may live in a part of the world were hiking trails are close by.  Take your kid on a hike and get some good exercise while enjoying the beauty of nature and good conversation.[/important]

What are your ideas? What are some of the one-on-one activities you’ve done with your kids? Please share, I need more good ideas!

Last Saturday I took my oldest son (he’s 6 years old) on a hike in a canyon close to our home. At one point I took the opportunity to express my hope that we’re always best buds. I told him I hope when he gets older he never get’s to thinking, “That dad just isn’t very cool”. He told me, “Dad, I’d never think that”! I made him promise… 🙂