Ask how you can help

“It took me a while to realise that what my girls needed was support from their father rather than lots of instructions. I started off with the ‘usual male bullshit’ of trying to get them to stop mucking around and get on and do what I wanted them to do. They soon told me to stop all of that ‘male, left-brain stuff’ and I realised over a period of time that they really needed my support rather than lectures. I have since learnt that it is best to listen and ask ‘what can I do to help?’ rather than telling them what to do.” – Ken McAullay, corporate manager and former State footballer and cricketer.

  • It’s easy to fall into the habit of telling your child what to do. Try asking how you can help instead.
  • When you find yourself in lecturing mode take a step back and think about how you can be a support.

Experiences:

Bruce Robinson Named Western Australian of the Year

Our Founder, Professor Bruce Robinson, was crowned Western Australian of the Year 2013!

Tips:

Father to Son Tips Help the New Dad and Kids

Simon Robinson has fond memories of the “dad dates” his father used to take him on when he was a child. Now with two young daughters of his own, the son of Western Australian of the Year Professor Bruce Robinson says he can fully appreciate his father’s efforts to make time for him.