Plan every weekend with your children like it’s your last

If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been "no" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. ~Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005

Okay. So that sounds morbid. And not to be negative, but this mentality has made my time with my son something we both look forward to. We never want our weekends to end. And it’s not because I spend money on him trying to win him over with toys and material things. Common sense, whether we choose to believe it or not, has proven that that creates a strain on finances and a spoiled kid, to boot.

We all know that going through a divorce and paying child support isn’t cheap. And your kids aren’t going to love you more for spending money. Spending time? Well, that’s a whole different ballgame.

Being a single dad is tough. But being the kid of single parents? That’s got to be tougher. These kids have been thrown into a situation they didn’t want or ask for. By pouring love and attention—not money—into my son’s and my weekends, it’s solidified the fact that he knows he’s my number one. And it’s created a bond between us that will last through the rough times ahead. Plus, I know that he will grow up to be a mature, loved and loving person.

Which is way more valuable than the latest video game.