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As with every generation, the father and son bond is very special.  Though one is not quite a man and one, in many ways, is still no longer a boy. They each bear the qualities of each other.  Little boys want to grow up fast, and dear loving fathers want to regain their youth.  

Fathers also know how important it is to be good role models for their sons. Especially being a non-citizen of this country(Korea), my son and I must keep our love and trust strong.

A Better Father-Son Relationship

…The Foundation…

So, fathers and sons go off on their respective life journeys with the greatest of intentions. Every father wants his son to become a strong, independent, compassionate, and giving person. The ultimate reward for a father’s efforts is to see his son flourish and be happy, self-assured, and nice to everyone. 

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Obstacles in a path

The path to establishing and sustaining a relationship with your son that will last a lifetime is littered with obstacles and bottlenecks, but you can get around them by utilizing these four ‘golden bricks’! I like to call them golden bricks as they will lay a solid foundation in the father and son bond, but also give you internal riches that money can’t buy. 

You’ll enjoy a close, special friendship with your son as a result of the efforts you are forging in this relationship at present, and you’ll also give him the beautiful gift of the future and solid relationships with his own children. 

What could possibly be more significant and fulfilling than that? Not much, but it’s really near the top! I sometimes see myself mimicking my father, and how he talked and acted around his sons. Lovely!

Life is based on building blocks.  Relationships, too, are based on the same.  Given the tools, you can build yours stronger and stronger to last through the bumps in the road and the trials of life.  A strong foundation provides the anchors to weather any storm.  

It’s never too late to begin.  With each new day comes renewal, forgiveness, and a positive step towards building once again.

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Laying bricks

Golden Brick #1~~ TRUST

Without trust, any relationship doesn’t stand a chance!  Trust often is confused as a given.  A God-given right!  As a good father, your son has grown to trust YOU.  He knows you will pick him up when you say you will.  He knows that he is cared for and provided for by YOU.  That priceless sense of security your son feels is what we thrive for.

Your son also knows your love is unconditional and that regardless of his doings, you’ll be there.  He might get yelled at, but he TRUSTS you above all.  Realize that YOU have earned his trust through word, credibility, and actions.  

How does he feel that he has earned your trust? Every young man needs to know that TRUST must be earned. He gained your trust in the same manner! Why you might wonder, do we occasionally feel the need to bestow upon our children qualities that they ought to earn? Our sons must learn that patience is a virtue of trust. 

They go on a path toward independence through the little steps/small rewards approach. As one of the most important facets of your shared connection, they must take responsibility for winning your trust and protecting it fiercely. This becomes significant when you, as his father, emphasize its significance.

There are five steps to establishing trust between a father and a son.  Each is important and well-guarded.  They include  HONESTY; AWARENESS; FOLLOW UP; CONSEQUENCE; and finally, PRIVILEGE.  Knowing each of them and how to apply these steps to a working relationship is key to maintaining a loving relationship.

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father and son bond

Golden Brick #2~~Effective Communication

Funny how we seem to be so tuned into our children’s needs when they are born. (I remember the Tuesday that my little boy was born, all snug in a hospital blanket. I cried.  I was mesmerized. I fell completely in love.) We can distinguish between a cry of hunger and a cry of rage. 

Parents notice the little mood shift and fret for hours when a cold is developing. We train our little guys to converse as they get older. When they say “appa,” we cheer and clap along. Knowing that our young boys are on their way makes us very happy. We tend to all of their needs, read a storybook before bed, show affection, and give them a peaceful, gentle goodnight kiss. 

Listen+Discuss=Happy kids

Just because we teach language, an ensemble of sounds does not mean we teach communication.  According to Webster, communication is either an act of conveying or an exchange of ideas. Consider the act of sending. which may refer to issuing directives, commands, or instructions. Of course, this is occasionally required. It implies that we genuinely intend what we say. and execute! 

Without discussion or inquiries. There are occasions when this method of communication is both acceptable and suitable. Considering the other side of the definition, what about an information exchange? We see this as a way of investigating another person’s perspective, ideas, and reasoning. This is also highly significant. In actuality, this is the cornerstone of successful two-way communication.

When did it begin? In the early years, our boys start to acquire words, and they also start to learn communication skills. Instead of using our linguistic talents, our physical reactions are mostly used to teach these skills.

Physical responses include how we say things, how we sound when we speak, and how we move. It’s not a matter of getting through. It has to do with using logic and being willing to comprehend other people. Since your son already has a certain amount of trust in you, he will accept your communication abilities as long as they serve his best interests without jeopardizing his own preferences. You are always in charge as the parent.

Take Control

YOU, as the parent, are in control at all times.  YOU just need the tools to help educate your son on the ways of the world.  With these tools and exercises, you can begin to lay a strong foundation of open-minded, free exchange of information without losing your position of authority.  Remember communication can be a two-way street or a single command.  Your choice, your control.

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Listen well

Golden Brick#3~~Effective Listening

Now that we have a clear understanding of what communication is, I urge you to talk more, and also teach by example! How? It’s simple, once you realize how. Listen closely! Effective listening gives you a chance to demonstrate your understanding of your son’s life. You may pick up some knowledge through watching and listening.

 Listening entails hearing what others have to say in addition to what your son has to say. This applies to everyone he interacts with, including his friends, teacher,s and relatives. I’m not advocating that you snoop or order reports, I am simply saying, pay attention. 

More than you can imagine will be learned. Listening is a skill. You want to create an environment of opportunity for both sides.

The boys will be honest in their conversation, allowing you to infer not just the caliber of each boy’s friendships but also the group’s overall viewpoints. When you talk to your son in the future, this information can be quite helpful. It’s also a fantastic chance to meet his little pals and be an involved father. 

 Remember what you learned about communication. Since your son already has a certain level of trust in you, he will accept your suggestions if they are used to advance his best interests without jeopardizing his own desires. Subtle suggestions from your side will be more effective if you are more knowledgeable.  

Hear well, lead well. Be that positive role model.

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Don’t want to let go!

Golden Brick #4~~Letting go

We all go through the process of letting go regularly. When, how, how much is just right, and so forth. Knowing when to hold your son’s hand and lead him and when to let him discover his own way. There may be times when your heart aches for him and you desire to take his place, take on his burdens, and follow in his footsteps. 

But he will also learn the same lessons that we did. We are aware that we cannot—and should not—always protect him from harm. If you give it a moment, how about reflecting on your own life? Some of the most upsetting circumstances taught us some of the most important life lessons. Agree?

We can decide whether to be angry or better. It’s a decision. You give your son the strength he needs to stand on his own by being there for him even as you let go. Pain makes us stronger, and strength makes us whole. 

Sometimes there are no words, and in those cases, solidarity and silence speak louder than any brilliant speech. Letting go will come naturally if you have built on the first three ‘Golden Bricks. You and your son are set up for a long-lasting, fulfilling father and son bond.

This one was a hard one for me when my son had is first sleepover just last week…read my article about it.

Have a Great Time~

Remember, ‘being there’ involves just that, being there as a friend, a parent, a role model, and a father.  Learning today how to build and enjoy a strong father-son bond is the best gift you will ever give to both yourself and your ‘little man.’  This is a meaningful relationship that can be passed down from generation to generation, getting stronger and deeper each time.  The important values you present in your child’s life will go a long way.

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Learning about enriching your relationship with your son is one of the most valuable educations you will ever do for yourself.  

These ‘Bricks’ can show you the way to build a great father and son bond for life.  From the handsome baby boy in your arms, through the turbulent twos, the age of preschool, and beyond! Your reward is knowing that your job as a father during all those great years has produced an eloquent and perfect little man.

50 cool and effective ways to spend quality time and foster a strong bond with your son.

1. Engage in Outdoor Adventures

One of the simplest father-son activities is to engage in outdoor activities. It can be as simple as going for a walk, playing catch in the park, or even camping over the weekend. These activities not only provide an opportunity to bond but also create lasting memories. Here’s a list of Free Activities that families can do today…

2. Share Moments of Vulnerability

Showing vulnerability can create a deeper understanding and trust between a father and a son. Fathers can share personal challenges or past mistakes to show their sons that it’s okay to be vulnerable and make mistakes.

3. Travel Together

Traveling is a wonderful way to bond. It allows you to spend uninterrupted quality time, share new experiences, and create lasting memories. Whether it’s a road trip, a camping adventure, or a vacation abroad, traveling together can strengthen your bond.

4. Share Common Interests

Working on a project together can be a rewarding experience. It could be anything from building a toy car, a treehouse, or even a piece of furniture. This not only teaches your son valuable skills but also fosters teamwork and cooperation.

5. Cook or Bake Together

Cooking or baking together is an excellent way to spend quality time. It’s a fun activity that also teaches your son essential life skills. Plus, you get to enjoy the delicious results together!

6. Attend Live Events

Whether it’s a sports game, a concert, or a local fair, attending live events together can be a lot of fun. It’s an opportunity to share interests and enjoy a shared experience.

7. Teach Life Lessons

As a father, you have a wealth of experience and wisdom to share. Use everyday moments as opportunities to impart life lessons to your son. Whether it’s about hard work, honesty, or respect, these lessons can have a lasting impact.

8. Go on a Fishing Trip

Fishing is a classic father-son bonding activity. It’s a peaceful and relaxing way to spend a day, and it also gives plenty of opportunities for conversation.

9. Play Video Games Together

If your son enjoys video games, join in on the fun. This not only shows interest in his hobbies but also gives you a chance to engage in some friendly competition.

10. Share Personal Stories

Sharing personal stories from your life can help your son understand you better. It also gives him insights into different life experiences and lessons you’ve learned.

11. Volunteer Together

Volunteering for a local charity or community event is a great way to spend time together. It teaches your son the importance of giving back to the community and helps foster empathy and compassion.

12. Read Together

Reading is not only a great way to spend quality time together, but it also encourages a love for books and learning. You can read a book together, or take turns reading to each other.

13. Work on a Puzzle

Working on a puzzle together can be both challenging and fun. It encourages team work and offers a great sense of accomplishment once the puzzle is completed.

14. Watch and Discuss Movies

Watching a movie together is a great way to relax and enjoy each other’s company. To add an educational twist, discuss the movie afterwards. This can lead to interesting conversations and deeper understanding of each other’s perspectives.

15. Have a Game Night

Game nights are a fun way to spend time together. Whether it’s board games, card games, or video games, game nights can bring out the competitive spirit and foster a sense of camaraderie.

16. Teach Him a Skill

Whether it’s a practical skill like changing a tire or a fun skill like playing a musical instrument, teaching your son a new skill can be a rewarding experience. Plus, it’s a great way to spend quality time together.

17. Go for a Bike Ride

Bike rides are not only good for your physical health, but they’re also great for bonding. Whether it’s a ride around the neighborhood or a trip to a local park, bike rides can be a fun and relaxing way to spend time together.

18. Do Yard Work Together

Doing yard work together can be surprisingly fun. Whether it’s mowing the lawn, planting a garden, or raking leaves, these activities can teach your son about hard work and responsibility.

19. Have Deep Conversations

Having deep, meaningful conversations can strengthen your bond. Talk about your beliefs, your dreams, your fears, and your past. These conversations can lead to a deeper understanding and respect for each other. Here’s an article that will help you make up some cool questions to ask.

20. Watch a Sunset Together

Watching a sunset together is a simple, yet powerful bonding activity. It’s a moment of tranquility and beauty that can spark deep conversations and create lasting memories.

21. Teach Him About Cars

If you’re knowledgeable about cars, pass that knowledge onto your son. Teach him how to change a tire, check the oil, or even how to drive. These are important skills that he’ll use for the rest of his life.

22. Go Hiking Together

Hiking is a great way to get exercise and enjoy nature. It’s also an opportunity to teach your son about wildlife, the importance of preservation, and the beauty of the great outdoors.

23. Start a Collection Together

Starting a collection together can be a fun and rewarding activity. Whether it’s coins, stamps, or baseball cards, collecting can teach your son about patience, organization, and the value of things.

24. Start a Book Club

Reading the same book and discussing it can be a great way to bond. Choose a book that you both will enjoy and set a schedule for when you’ll discuss each chapter.

25. Go Camping

Camping is an excellent way to bond and create lasting memories. It’s an opportunity to teach your son important survival skills while enjoying nature.

26. Do Science Experiments

Doing science experiments at home can be both fun and educational. It’s a great way to spark your son’s interest in science and teach him about the scientific method.

27. Have a DIY Day

Spend a day working on DIY projects around the house. This can teach your son practical skills and the value of hard work.

28. Teach Him How to Handle Money

Teaching your son about money management is an important life skill. Start with basics like saving, budgeting, and understanding the value of money.

29. Take a Road Trip

Road trips can be a fun and exciting way to spend time together. Plan a route, pack some snacks, and set off on an adventure.

30. Learn a New Skill Together

Learn something new together. Whether it’s a new language, a musical instrument, or a sport, learning a new skill can be a rewarding experience.

31. Visit a Museum

Visiting a museum can be both fun and educational. It’s a great way to learn about history, art, and science together.

32. Go on a Scavenger Hunt

Organize a scavenger hunt for you and your son. It can be fun, challenging, and a great way to spend time together.

33. Teach Him How to Cook

Cooking is an essential life skill. Teach your son how to make his favorite meal, or experiment with new recipes together.

34. Start a Garden

Gardening is a relaxing and rewarding activity. It’s a great way to teach your son about nature, patience, and the satisfaction of growing your own food.

35. Go to a Sports Event

Whether you’re fans of the same team or rivals, going to a sporting event can be a lot of fun and a great way to bond.

36. Work Out Together

Working out together can be a great way to motivate each other and stay healthy. Whether it’s a run in the park, a quick badminton game, a gym session, or a yoga class, working out together can strengthen your bond.

37. Build a Model Kit

Building a model kit can be a fun and challenging activity. It’s a great way to work together and achieve a common goal.

38. Go to a Concert

If you both enjoy music, going to a concert can be a great experience. It’s an opportunity to enjoy something you both love and create lasting memories.

39. Write a Story Together

Writing a story together can be a fun and creative activity. It’s a great way to spark your son’s imagination and improve his writing skills.

40. Teach Him How to Fish

Fishing is a relaxing and rewarding activity. Teaching your son how to fish can be a great way to spend quality time together and enjoy nature.

41. Show Him Your Workplace

If appropriate, bring your son to your workplace. It’s a great way for him to understand what you do and learn about different career paths.

42. Listen to Music Together

Listening to music together can be a fun and relaxing activity. Share your favorite songs or discover new music together.

43. Build a Fort

Building a fort can be a fun and creative activity. Use cushions, blankets, and furniture to create a cozy hideaway where you can read, play games, or just hang out.

44. Teach Him How to Fix Things

Teaching your son how to fix things around the house is a great way to instill a sense of responsibility and teach him practical skills.

45. Play a Board Game

Playing board games can be a fun way to spend time together. Whether it’s a classic game like Monopoly or a new favorite, board games can bring out your competitive spirit and foster a sense of camaraderie.

46. Teach Him How to Tie a Tie

Teaching your son how to tie a tie is a practical skill that he will use for the rest of his life. It’s a great opportunity to talk about professionalism and the importance of first impressions.

47. Go Shopping Together

Whether it’s for groceries or a new pair of shoes, shopping together can be a fun and practical way to spend time together. It’s also a great opportunity to teach your son about budgeting and making smart purchases.

48. Have a Picnic

Having a picnic is a simple and enjoyable way to spend time together. Pack a lunch, find a nice spot in a park, and enjoy the outdoors.

49. Attend a Workshop or Class Together

Attending a workshop or class together can be a fun and educational way to spend time together. Whether it’s a cooking class, a pottery workshop, or a coding class, learning something new together can be a rewarding experience.

50.Spending Time Together

The most important thing is to simply spend time together. Having your full attention is essential! Whether it’s watching a movie, talking, or just hanging out, the time you spend together is what really matters. It’s these moments that forge a strong father-son relationship and create lasting memories.

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