Be a coach

“One way that I make sure I get time with my kids during the week is to be the coach of one of their teams. That way I have to be there during the week for practice and every Saturday for the game. It is written into my schedule that at 3.30 every Wednesday I leave – no work, no meetings, no operations, nothing can be booked into that slot.” – David Wood, orthopaedic surgeon.

  • Being involved in your child’s activities means you are there on a regular basis.
  • Make that time a priority by scheduling it into your week.
  • Spend the time in the car in conversation with your child.


Build confident kids through challenge

Encourage children to challenge themselves as they grow and learn, and celebrate milestones and successes.


Ask how you can help

It's easy to fall into the habit of telling your child what to do. Try asking how you can help instead.