🚀 Dad Certified's Age-by-Age Guide: Essential Tips for Bonding with Kids (0-17)! 🌟

Dad giving son shoulder ride.

At Dad Certified, we're on a mission to build greater confidence in dads for a more fulfilling fatherhood experience.

Get ready to embark on an incredible journey as we present our Age-by-Age Guide with essential tips for bonding with your kids at every stage of their development, from infancy to the teenage years!

Let's dive right in and discover the strategies that will strengthen your bond and create unforgettable memories with your children.

Dads With Infants (0-2 years):

  1. Embrace the Power of Touch: Cuddle, snuggle, and engage in skin-to-skin contact to create a sense of security and love.
  2. Be Their Playmate: Get down on the floor and engage in interactive play, discovering their world through their eyes.
  3. Master the Art of Baby Talk: Talk, sing, and read to your little one, building language skills and fostering a strong connection.

Dads With Preschool Aged Kids (3-5 years):

  1. Tap into Your Inner Child: Embrace your playful side and join their imaginative adventures.
  2. Get Creative Together: Engage in arts and crafts projects, building memories through shared creativity.
  3. Quality Time through Storytelling: Read books together, spark their imagination, and have conversations about the stories.

Dads With Primary School Aged Kids (6-11 years):

  1. Support Their Interests: Show genuine interest in their hobbies and extracurricular activities, attending their games or performances.
  2. Family Fun Nights: Establish regular family traditions like game nights or movie nights to create lasting memories.
  3. Be Their Homework Hero: Assist with homework when needed, offering guidance and encouragement.

Dads With Pre-Teens & Early Teenagers (12-14 years):

  1. Be a Trusted Confidant: Foster open communication, actively listening and providing non-judgmental support.
  2. Respect Their Growing Independence: Allow them to make decisions within boundaries, empowering them to become confident individuals.
  3. Plan Adventures Together: Explore new places, embark on outdoor adventures, or try new activities as a way to bond and create shared experiences.

Dads With Teenagers (15-17 years):

  1. Foster Open Communication: Encourage open and honest conversations with your teenager. Listen actively, create a non-judgmental space, and show genuine interest in their thoughts and experiences.
  2. Support Their Independence: Respect their growing autonomy and allow them to make decisions while providing guidance. Encourage their pursuit of personal interests and provide a supportive environment for their growth.
  3. Be a Role Model: Set a positive example through your actions and values. Show them the importance of responsibility, respect, and empathy. Engage in shared activities that interest them to strengthen your bond.

Remember, each stage presents unique challenges and opportunities.

By following these essential tips, you'll build stronger connections with your kids and experience the joy of fatherhood to the fullest.

If you found any of this beneficial or have any follow-up questions, please hit reply and let us konw.

Get ready to embark on this incredible fatherhood adventure with your children and become a truly Dad Certified superhero!

And, speaking of unforgettable adventures...

Don't forget to check out our Dadventure Diary - Box Set.

Designed for dads and kids aged 2-14.

It's the perfect tool to plan and embark on fun, bonding adventures together, creating lifelong memories!

Dad Jokes of the Week

Diet Diary, Day One: I removed all the fattening food from the house.
It was delicious!

What do you call it when a bunch of old me clap?

A man just assaulted me with milk, cream and butter.
How dairy!


Date Night Ideas for this Week

Keep the spark alive with some of our date night ideas this week 😍🔥 (Even without a babysitter!)

Staying In Date Night Idea:
  • Takeaway Surprise 🥡 (Try a cuisine or restaurant you've never tried before and order each other's meal so dinner is a surprise for each of you! Choose a place at home you don't usually eat dinner (spare room, trampoline, bath tub...) and spend the evening there.)
Going Out Date Night Idea:
  • Volunteer 👨‍🍳 (One of the most bonding activities you can do together is to do good for others in need. Find a local soup kitchen or place you can volunteer.) 
Dadventure Ideas for this Week

  • Kite Flying 🪁 (Perfect on windy days for kids 4+, borrow or buy a kite and find an open space. Great for developing hand-eye-coordination, and problem-solving skills and for stimulating the imagination.)

  • High Ropes Course  🧗‍♀️ (Great for kids 8+. An exhilarating experience that creates lasting memories while developing trust, teamwork, problem-solving skills, confidence and self-esteem.)


Jeremy and kids from Dad Certified


Cheering you on!

Jeremy Jones

Dad Certified





You're awesome, thanks for reading through. We appreciate you and hope you have an amazing weekend with the fam! 😁


Just 1.5 months until Father's Day! (Sunday 3rd September)

Grab a Dadventure Diary as a gift now. 🎁

With limited inventory (again), we will sell out again, so don't miss out and consider ordering early now... 

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