Joy at Home with Dad

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How Dads Can Create Joy at Home

During April 20 to 24, 2020, we are celebrating #JoyAtHomeWithDad Week! It’s easy and fun to have Joy at Home with Dad with our Joyful Together activities. Each activity takes everyday moments and infuses them with joy, play, and connection. We know firsthand that dads are itching for ways to strengthen bonds and build relationships with their kids. So we are focusing on some of the best activities for dads and young children to do together!

Whether you’re a stay-at-home dad, a working dad, a single dad, or a dad who does shared parenting, Joyful Together is for you. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter for info, activities, and more!


#JoyAtHomeWithDad Week 2020

Each day from Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24 we are showcasing awesome Joyful activities for dads and kids. In addition, we’re asking dads to share pictures or videos of themselves doing activities with their kids. So come join us for some Joy at Home with Dad!

Check back often for new activities.

Announcement for April 20th to 24th hashtag Joy At Home With Dad Week

I Love You Echoes

Dads, how many ways can YOU say “I love you” to your kids? Time to find out with this #JoyAtHomeWithDad activity!…

Posted by The Institute for Family and Community Impact on Monday, April 20, 2020

Dance Party!

Calling all dance-loving dads and kids: Show off your moves with a #JoyAtHomeWithDad Dance Party! 🕺🕺🕺Feel the beat,…

Posted by The Institute for Family and Community Impact on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Secret Handshake

What’s cooler than a super secret handshake? A super secret handshake while having #JoyAtHomeWithDad of course! 🤝🤜🤛🙌…

Posted by The Institute for Family and Community Impact on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Copy Cat Rhythm

DJ dads, it’s #JoyAtHomeWithDad time! Check out this rhythm and sound game with your kids, and drop your homemade beats…

Posted by The Institute for Family and Community Impact on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Power Postures!

Let’s do this, #JoyAtHomeWithDad squad! Whether you’ve got a gym bod or a dad bod, show your kid how to strike a power…

Posted by The Institute for Family and Community Impact on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Nature Body

Are you a dad with kids longing to be out in nature? Bring nature to you with the #JoyAtHomeWithDad game where you ARE…

Posted by The Institute for Family and Community Impact on Thursday, April 23, 2020

Wizard Kiss

You’re a wizard, Daddy! 🧙 Embrace your inner Nerd Dad and cast some #JoyAtHomeWithDad magic from near or far with this…

Posted by The Institute for Family and Community Impact on Friday, April 24, 2020

Rescue Hugs

Dad to the rescue! 🚨 “Save” your kid with a #JoyAtHomeWithDad hug!Dramatically “rescue” your child from different…

Posted by The Institute for Family and Community Impact on Friday, April 24, 2020

About Joyful Together

Joyful Together is a research-based, play-centered model. We created it to alleviate toxic stress in children. Because we saw firsthand how toxic stress impacts kids and families, we wanted to boost joy in their lives.

We also know parents can often feel overwhelmed, busy, and completely stressed out. So we came up with easy, simple activities for them to do with their children. These activities foster connection and joy, which are at the heart of healthy child development.

Although we focused on kids, we discovered that parents and caregivers gained psychological benefits from Joyful activities as well. This makes sense, since all humans need connection, joy, and play in their lives. The more families experience joy, the stronger and healthier they will be!

To find out more about Joyful Together, click here or email us at IFCI@ohioguidestone.org.

Our Joyful Together manual breaks down the science behind Joyful activities. It also gives background, insights, and instructions on how to implement the many activities it offers. To purchase it, click below.


The Institute of Family & Community Impact is a initiative of OhioGuidestone, one of Ohio’s largest behavioral health agencies. From research to products to clinical innovations, we provide tools for mental health treatment. For questions or more info, email us at IFCI@ohioguidestone.org.

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