Learn to recognise children’s emotions

Learn to recognise when your child is feeling sad, anxious or frightened, and be ready to listen.

  • Never discount their feelings, eg by saying “that’s silly” or “just snap out of it”
  • Don’t overreact to things said that worry you
  • Talk directly to kids about daily fears that often arise from the media, eg. terrorism and murder

Tips:

Don’t be overly proactive

Don't try to force proactive parenting on your children.

Tips:

Plan your workday backwards

Block out in your diary the time you will be leaving the office and then work backwards to plan your day.