Take mini-vacations

“As a young father I was Dean of St John’s College in the University of Queensland, and had to dine with the students between Monday and Thursday. It was a very formal affair, all male and all gowned. On Fridays, however, we would pick the children up and head off to the beach and get fish and chips or pizza on the way. We’d muck around in the car, playing games or singing. We discovered Elgar and Neil Diamond on those trips. I saw them as ‘mini holidays’ at the end of every week. It wouldn’t have been the same if we’d stayed at home.” – Peter Carnley, retired Australian Anglican bishop and author.

  • Many people have times when nightly family meals simply aren’t possible. When that happens find a way to make your next meal time together special.
  • Even if you can’t go out, have a picnic at home or at a local park.
  • Creating special ‘mini-vacation’ moments will become special memories for all.

Activities:

Read aloud to your children

Reading together is a great way to spend time with your children, whatever their age.

Tips:

Learn to recognise children’s emotions

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