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Published on June 10th, 2014 | by Parenting Solo


Dads and sons – new survey reveals the top 30 bonding activities

A new survey has revealed the top 30 things every dad hopes to do at some point with his son. The research, which was commissioned by Grant’s Whisky, is based on the responses of  2,000 dads who were quizzed about the experiences they wanted to share, or have already shared with their male offspring.

Lump-in-the-throat moments such as driving their boy off to uni for the first time, or shaking his hand on the day he first became a father himself were revealed as key milestone ‘moments’, whilst fixing cars together, going for long hikes and sharing a curry were all considered important bonding experiences.

Sporting activities, either watching or playing, featured heavily in the 30-point list, and were considered by most dads to be an integral part of the father-son relationship.

Grant’s ambassador, England World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks, said: “The highs, lows and thrills of watching or taking part in sport are things that have always brought fathers and sons together whether live or on TV. It is about quality time shared together; appreciating skill and team work in good times and bad.”

What do you think of the list? And MUMS – how many of these are important for you to do with your son, too?


1. Go to the pub

2. Watch an England game at Wembley

3. Helping him buy a car

4. Shake his hand when he becomes a father

5. Have their first alcoholic drink with them

6. Go camping

7. Play sport

8. See the FA Cup final together

9. Pass on DIY skills

10. Watch the Champions League final

11. Walking together

12. Take their son to university

13. Support the same football team

14. Fix things in the house

15. Curry nights

16. Go fishing

17. Cook together

18. Gaming

19. Cycling

20. Watch a test match at Lord’s

21. Watch a rugby match at Twickenham

22. Play on radio controlled vehicles

23. Watch a match at Wimbledon

24. Go to their first concert/gig

25. Attend the Grand National

26. Watch the British Open

27. Sailing

28. Hunting

29. Fix cars

30. Do a triathlon together

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