As a dad it can be easy to get a caught up in the idea that the most important part of your job as a parent has to do with the material things you give to your kids. Beyond just covering basics like food and shelter, it can be easy to think your value is connected to how many sneakers, dolls, or video games you can give your kids. While all those things are important to keep your child economically stable, what is really valuable is the time you spend together and the memories you make together. Here are seven ideas on low cost ways to create lasting memories and great moments together.

  • Bus Stop Selfies

Today, all kinds of people, especially youth and kids love taking selfies. Try taking selfies with your children before they get on the bus, leave for school, or any time of the day. They will love it and it is a time for you to be silly together.

  • Daddy Daughter/Daddy Son Time

My daughter thinks it is hilarious when I try to do her hair, but she loves that I try regardless of the result. Check out for tips for dads on doing their daughter’s hair. If your sons are too young to shave like mine, they will have a blast putting on shaving cream and pretending to shave alongside dad in the mirror.

  • Encourage Your Children’s Creativity and Imagination: Make Something Together

Take the back of a pizza box, or an empty cardboard box and make it a canvas for an art project that you do together. You would be surprised what creative projects you and your child can come up with using the things that end up in the recycle bin.

You and your child can make a sail boat out of a plastic bowl, a pencil, some tape and a scrap of paper. Your young child will be excited at bath time when they realize something that they made actually floats in the bathtub.

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