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


Share Dreams

Send notes via email that require the father and child to provide some answers to each other’s questions.


Keep a record

Make a note of things about your visit with the children that went well, and things that didn’t. Try to repeat the good things, and make changes to reduce the chances of the not so good things happening again.