Welcome Back!

User Name
Not Registered?

Tell us a little about yourself.

My child’s birthday is (for newsletter customization):

Enter an email address:

This is where your newsletters will be delivered to and where GreatDad.com will contact you with your new account information.

father's forum

A place to discuss, learn and share ideas, thoughts and solutions.
Latest Posts

Hoe u een vergeten Yahoo M...
Posts: 1 Views: 87

Telefoonnummer google
Posts: 1 Views: 31

Len Meyer
Posts: 1 Views: 50

Vein specialist city centr...
Posts: 1 Views: 125

Vein doctor near me san jo...
Posts: 1 Views: 80

hi mom!

Would you like to share this site with your husband or a friend?

Just enter his email address and your name below and we'll let him know all about GreatDad.com.

His email address
Your Name

Core experiences dads should teach their children

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 22-06-2006

Ah, if there were only a checklist… yes a checklist, of what to do to be a great dad. And, here it is: a checklist of things you should take responsibility for teaching your child. Kid ready to remove the training wheels and ride the bike by herself? Put down the paper and take her out to a parking lot and race your heart while chasing her in circles for an hour. If you don’t, you’ll be very sorry. Take a look at the following list. If your son is five or six years old, you’ve got the next 20 weekends already pre-programmed. Bring camera, document that you were there!


  1. Fly a kite
  2. Play a musical instrument (all you have to be here is supportive and wince quietly during practice)
  3. Catch a fish
  4. Learn a magic trick (see GreatDad magic!)
  5. Build a wooden box
  6. Name the major constellations (see GreatDad Astronomy for kids 4-10 )
  7. Spin a yo-yo
  8. Catch and throw a ball, or kick one if you live anywhere other than North America
  9. Plant a tree
  10. Ride a bike
  11. Throw a frisbee
  12. Play a blade of grass
  13. Skip a stone
  14. Make a paper airplane
  15. Learn to play chess
  16. Eat with chopsticks
  17. Bake cookies, pie, or bread
  18. Juggle
  19. Swim

Here’s a book that covers these if you need it, but most can and should be done with no or little investment. The most important things in life cost absolutely nothing more than your time.


Catch a Fish, Throw a Ball, Fly a Kite : 21 Timeless Skills Every Child Should Know (and Any Parent Can Teach!)


All comments welcome in case I missed something!