For a child’s nourishment, the presence of both the parents – mother and father – is required. It becomes difficult for a single parent to raise a child alone especially if the child has grown up into a teen. A father, especially he’s a single father, sometimes share a complex relationship with his teen son. A father-son relationship can be complex because in most cases both of them are not able to relate to each other. However, if a single dad is keen on developing a strong bond with his son then he must follow few essential tips. Here are some tips for single dads to creating and building a stronger father-son bonding.
Influence Your Son
It must be understood by fathers, no matter what their marital status us, that they a son is mostly influenced by his father. Sons learn about becoming a man mainly by watching and listening to their fathers at a very early age. When he watches his father interact with his mother, he learns most about respect or disrespect, about how men normally interact with women in general and about how they deal with differences and conflicts. When he watched his father interact with other men, he learns about how men talk to each other, how they relate and how they deal with the majority of the masculine problems. Fathers who come to understand how influential they can be for their sons will eventually try to become a good role model. They will pay more attention towards their bond with their sons.
Find Common Interests
Another way single fathers can build a stronger bond with their teens is by finding common interests. By doing this, they can learn more about their sons and vice versa. They can talk to their sons about their favorite activities and participate in them accordingly. If your son follows a particular band or a football team, take out some time to appreciate his likeness. You may also ask your son to be a part of the hobbies you enjoy the most.
Most of the teenage boys love participating in adventurous activities. They like getting a little wild and hence like to play rough and be active. You can become a part of their wild adventures but also ask them to remain safe. You can try out various outdoor sports with them such as football, skateboarding, weight lifting or even wrestling in your backyard. Taking them out for a test drive can also be quite fun.
Get Involved with Them
When fathers get themselves fully involved with their sons, they can create something magical and meaningful. Some dads help their sons build a tree house or plan a holiday trip with them. Whatever they do, they know for a fact that their son is going to enjoy the quality time they’re spending with them. Your son will remember the meaningful experience all his life and both of you can create some beautiful memories that you will talk about together for years.
Communicate with Them
Communication is the key to building a strong bond with your sons. Never be afraid to start a conversation with them. If there’s a topic you feel uncomfortable while discussing with your sons then take some time to reach your sons. You can give them a lot of good tips on dealing with relationships. When you open up about such intimate conversations with your sons, they will feel comfortable around you and will be able to talk to you about their relationships in general. This will help create a stronger relationship between you two.