Be aware of children’s emotions

Don’t back off and assume it is mum’s role to deal with kids’ emotions. Learn to recognise when your child is feeling sad or frightened.

  • Be interested in how they are feeling
  • Occasionally ask them when it is that they feel most sad, frightened or lonely
  • Listen to their feelings without interrupting & ‘solving’ their problems for them

Activities:

Plan your next dad dates

If you work away from home, travel a lot, or don't see your children often due to access limitations, here's an activity to try: discuss ideas for dad dates and book them into your calendar.

Teens and respect

Here are a few tools you might use to promote mutual respect and ensure your teenager knows they are respected.