Ideas for spending time with teenagers

Get creative in finding opportunities to spend time with your teenager:

  • Encourage them to help you cook meals in the kitchen or on the barbecue
  • Drive them to and from friends’ houses or outings with their friends
  • When they are learning to drive, supervise their driving practice
  • Watch sport together – either at the game or on TV
  • Exercise together – go to the gym, or go for a run
  • Play a team sport together
  • Plan and then take a holiday together


Dads need to be dependable

Make yourself available to your children even when you are away from home. Let them know they can call you anytime they are in need.


Put family first

Whenever there is a clash between work and family, family comes first.