My dad was a law enforcement officer during my growing up years and he worked a lot of shift work. But these big, visible projects can really help strengthen a father and son bond. Dad was a man's man in many ways. Get involved in father-son activities. I was more of a bookworm, was uncoordinated growing up and hated playing sports and physical education at school. A father's influence on his son's personal development is often unseen but nonetheless real. You have to keep them safe, but you can take some very small and calculated risks to give them a more physical experience. I find that I always have a tendency to listen for just a minute or two before I decide what the problem is and then I go about creating a fix.