5 Easy Ways to Connect With Your Family

No matter what, receiving a gift from your family on Father’s Day is awesome. Even if your kids bring you burnt toast and eggshell-filled omelettes, your day is still going to be made because it’s the thought that counts. In cases like these, the thoughts revolve around love and appreciation for none other than you, a.k.a. Dad.

You might be wondering what you could do in return for your family. Ultimately, the best gift you can give them is the gift of time. The great thing about sharing time with your family is that it’s more than easy: It’s natural and effortless. For instance:

Road hockey

Do you have a driveway or live in a cul-de-sac? Is there a school yard or park nearby? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re a few hockey sticks and a tennis ball away from hosting your own Stanley Cup Finals. Teaching your kids new skills and watching them improve is incredibly rewarding. Plus, you never know, you might end up with the next Sydney Crosby or Hayley Wickenheiser.

Shooting hoops


Whether you’ve bolted a net to your garage or there’s a court in a nearby park, a game of 21 with your son or daughter lets everyone channel their inner Raptor.

A Quick Game of Tag


No child under the age of 12 can resist joining in when you simply tag them and holler “You’re it!” You better run fast, though, those kids can move!  



Google “charades clues” on your computer or smartphone and you’ll get dozens of lists you can use to stage a spirited game. If your teen claims charades are “lame,” get the ball rolling yourself. If they guess correctly, they’ll get into it. If not, at least you’ve shown them that dad can loosen up.

Walk it off


Okay, we know we said time was the greatest gift of all, but that doesn’t mean your family won’t appreciate a frozen yogurt or ice cream after a fun activity. Walk with them, talk with them, and who knows? Maybe they will teach you a thing or two!

About the Author

Adam Bisby

Adam Bisby

Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. His award-winning stories have appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post newspapers, in magazines like Explore, Reader's Digest, International Traveller and Canadian Family, and on websites including MSN.com and DontChangeMuch.ca.


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