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How can dads bond with tweens?

It’s important for dads to bond with their child, particularly when they are tweens. Here are some terrific tips just for dads on how to strengthen their bond with their tweens:
 
It can be difficult to connect with a tween because they may be eager to show their independence. It is, however, essential that both parents make an effort to bond with their tweens. Here is our advice for dads on how to forge a relationship with children.
 
Talk to them:  The first and perhaps the most obvious way to bond with your tween is to make time each day to talk to them and listen to them tell you about their day.
 
At this age, it can be hard to get them to open up but by setting aside a specific time to talk every day they will know you are there if there is ever anything they really need to talk to you about.
 
It’s also important that when you talk to your child that you try not to lecture or judge your child. Instead listen and when they are finished you can offer your opinion.
 
Respect their privacy: Tweens need their own privacy as they try to assert their independence. It’s important to respect this privacy and don’t pry for information as this will only serve to push your child away.
 
There are many ways for dads to bond with their tweens. The important thing is to keep the lines of communication open, respect their need for privacy and always be there to listen when they need you.
 

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