Fun Things to Do with YOUR Dad: 5 Ideas for Great Father Son Activities

Fun Things to Do with Your Dad - Ideas for Great Father Son Activities

Being a Dad is such great fun! I sure do have a fantastic time reliving some of my own childhood memories, when I do fun stuff with my son Benni. I’ll bet you rekindle your fondest memories when you do fun activities with your children too.

But have you ever thought about how your own Dad used to enjoy spending time with you when you were small? A great way to renew those old bonds, and have some fun along the way, is to revive this partnership. This is achievable by doing new activities together, or some of those you enjoyed doing as a kid, fishing for example.

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The Best Personalized Books for Kids – Because Tiny Heroes Deserve Their Own Novels

The Best Personalized Books for Kids - Because Tiny Heroes Deserve Their Own Novels

I thought today, that we’d take a look at companies who create personalized books for kids. When I published my article about the importance and the benefits of reading to your kids, I already had this followup article in my mind: See, I know how much my own son Benni loves story time, but it becomes extra special when that story is all about him!

I’ve found three companies I’d like to take a closer look at. They all make personalized books either via Amazon or through their own websites. The first company I’m going to review really spells out what they do! So let’s take a look at Put Me In The Story.

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Rollei Sportsline 64 Review: Is THIS the Best Camera for Kids?

Rollei Sportsline 64 - The Best Camera for Kids

Ever since my wife and I planned our first trip to the United States together with our 3-year-old son Benni, I had this idea in my mind to give my son a digital camera and ask him to take photos of the world, of us, of the sightseeing that we do, the roads we travel etc.

The idea was to encourage him to do what I do with my own DSLR as well: Take pictures of the world the way I see it! Wouldn’t it be great for us and for him to have a collection of pictures that he took himself? Something he could be proud of. And for me, I thought, it would be super interesting to see what attracts his attention, what he aims at with his camera and what he thinks is worth taking pictures of?

I did some research on Amazon and other blogs, but couldn’t really find a “good” camera for my son. They were either too expensive, not robust enough or simply totally overloaded (we’ll get into that later). But finally, my search is over: I think I found the perfect camera for kids! And the award goes to the Rollei Sportsline 64! Keep reading to learn why…

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Goal Setting Activities for Kids: 7 Simple Steps to Raising Self-Determined Kids

Goal Setting Activities for Kids - 6 Simple Steps to Raising Self-Determined Kids

Children who set goals from a young age learn to be self-driven and determined in life. If you could do something as simple as helping your child set and achieve goals and give them the skill set they need to grow into a well-rounded adult, wouldn’t you do it? Children are sponges and by teaching these life skills at a young age, it is more likely they’ll carry the good habits over into their future.

Here, we’ll talk about some of the advantages of teaching your son or daughter self-determination with goal setting. I’ll also give you some ideas about goal setting activities for kids, so you can set your son or daughter up for success. You’d be surprised how early they are ready to start learning!

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Free Audiobooks for Kids – Because Kids Just Love Listening to Stories

Free Audiobooks for Kids - Because Kids just Love Listening to Stories

When I first started doing my research for this particular blog post it was my intention to tell you about 9 free audiobooks for kids. But as I started to dig deeper, I found that what may be more interesting is the places you can find a great many free audio books to download or stream, which can keep your kids entertained for hours.

Just recently I have published a post about the importance of storytime for your kids and what the benefits of reading stories with your kids are. And I still stand by the idea that spending time together with your child, experiencing a great narrative as a family and really just having great quality time together is the best thing you can do for your kids and your family as a whole, I also realize and understand that sometimes there simply isn’t enough time to read as many stories to your kids as they would love to hear. Therefore, audiobooks are a great alternative for your kids to get some inspiration for their imagination, right? Personally, I fell that there is nothing wrong with it, as long as I don’t use these story as an excuse not to spend time with my kids!

Here I have found three different websites where you can download audiobooks for kids completely legally and for free. Let’s take a closer look.

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Teaching Technology to Kids: Raising Capable Kids in a Digital World

Teaching Technology To Kids - Raising Capable Kids In A Digital World

The age of technology has raised many questions for parents. How young should children have access to technology? What should they be using it for? And how closely should I be monitoring my child when they are using technology?

This article will answer those questions and more. Before we get started, keep in mind that teaching technology to kids does not always involve giving them access to the Internet. I understand that many parents are a bit scared of that. And even though I am very enthusiastic when it comes to tech, I certainly understand why that is. Bear in mind, though, that there are many other applications that can be used as learning tools. In today’s blog post, we will take a look at them and find out the best ways of teaching technology to kids.

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Archery Sets for Children: A Great Way to Teach Valuable Life Skills and Bond with Your Son or Daughter

Archery Sets For Children

Archery is many things—it is a useful outdoor sport, a way to build self-esteem and a great way to bond. Ultimately, it also teaches your kids valuable skills to provide themselves with food and protection in a survival situation. It certainly is one of the most well-rounded skills you can teach kids because of its numerous benefits.

Dads don’t always get the credit for these special bonding moments with their children. But teaching your children archery is like teaching them fishing—it’ll leave them with memories they will never forget! (Of course, the same advice applies to moms as well). Here you’ll find useful information on the many benefits of archery, as well as archery sets for children that are perfect for teaching your son or daughter to aim.

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Story Time: Benefits of Reading with Young Children

Reading Out Stories To Your Children Is Quality Time

Kids love story time. That precious time of day when you spend quality time together reading grand adventures aloud from a storybook. But other than it being a wonderful thing to do for your relationship, what are the other benefits of reading with young children?

In today’s blog post I want to dig a bit deeper on this topic. Together we’ll take a look at how important reading with your kids is; not only for them, but for us as moms and dads as well!

Let’s get started with some science. Ready?

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Top 5 Learning Games for Children: The Best Games to Explain Your Kids the World ​

Learning Games For Children

Learning about the world we live in is important to any kid’s education. I found these top 5 learning games for children that help to explain the world to your kids.

These games are targeted at older kids than I usually talk about, typically 8 years old and up. But there’s no harm in introducing some of the concepts found in them at an earlier age, depending on your child’s curiosity about the world. Rules in these games are typically quite simple. And let’s be honest: Rules are there to be bent 🙂 Why not adjust the rules a bit here and there so that you can enjoy these games even with much younger kids. Benni and I would usually leave out a few rules and just PLAY for the sake of it! Having fun together is all that matters. The education part happens naturally!

I’ve ranked the games on educational merit, fun factor and price range. We will start with my favorite.

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How To Spend Quality Time With Your Child – A Top 5 List Of Fun Activities

How To Spend Quality Time With Your Child

You may or may not be aware of the fact that in our family, I am the one who picks up our 3-year old son Benni from kindergarten at least four times a week. When I do that the challenge is always the same: How to make the best out of the time we are spending together on that particular afternoon? How to spend quality time with your child without just “doing something for the sake of it” and counting down the hours until mom comes home from the office?

That may sound a bit harsh. But if you are a busy parent who, besides working and being a mom or dad for the most part, also has interests and hobbies and basically a life of his own, you will most likely agree that keeping your kids entertained while having a good time yourself can be a real challenge.

Which brings me to the point that there is a huge difference between spending time together and spending QUALITY time. It is easy to just being with your kid and deliberately making an effort to make the best out of it you can! While the first is something we all can do “somehow”, the latter can be a real challenge. My goal is to be there for my son as much as possible when he is around; and that can become quite stressful, especially when you happen to run out of ideas.

Hence, in this blog post I want to look at the top 5 activities that I enjoy the most when it comes down to spending quality time with my son. I want to look at five top-level activities that you can leverage to enjoy time together with your kids. Activities, that you can enjoy together as a “team”. So let’s get started…

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