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I want to spend more time with my dad

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I have now asked my dad to spend time with me and he said that he spends all day with me. I think that means no what should I do


Hey there! Thanks for your question.
You are looking to spend more time with your dad, and he is saying that he spends all day with you. It sounds like you’re going through a challenging situation, and we want you to know that your feelings are valid. It can be tough when you reach out to someone important to you, like your dad, and feel like you’re not getting the response you hoped for. It’s important to acknowledge and understand your emotions in this moment.
Firstly, try expressing your feelings to your dad in a calm and honest way. Let him know that you value the time you spend together but feel like there might be room for a bit more quality time. Use “I” statements to avoid sounding annoyed, like saying “I’d really appreciate more one-on-one time because it means a lot to me.”
Additionally, consider finding activities you both enjoy and suggesting them to your dad. This can create a positive and shared experience, reinforcing the bond between you two. Remember, open communication is key in any relationship, and expressing your needs and feelings could help your dad in understanding you better.
If things don’t improve right away, don’t be discouraged. Building stronger connections takes time. Stay patient, keep the lines of communication open, and continue finding ways to share meaningful moments together. You’re not alone, and we are here to support you as you go through this.
How would you feel about giving us a call or have an online chat with us? You can contact us any time of the day or night, the Childline Listening service never closes, we are here for you 24/7/365. Our free-phone number is 1800 66 66 66 or you can use Live Chat on our website We can help you explore what you might say to your dad, when the best time would be to talk with him.
Remember, you don’t have to be alone, we are here for you. Look after yourself,

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