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


Be a role model of the values you want your children to have

Dads are very powerful in establishing values.


Utilize a flexible schedule

Can you work an extra hour, or work through lunch to make time to leave early one day a week? Spend that extra hour with your child.