Be present

“I now have a six-year-old daughter, Emma, and even though I am the Premier I think it’s really important for me to make as much time as possible for school events. I try not to rush in and out, but to participate in assemblies, busy bees and if possible I ride to school with her one day a week.” – Richard Court (in 2000) – former Premier of Western Australia.

  • Engage in the activity. Make eye contact and really pay attention to what is going on.
  • Put your phone away and put work out of your mind during the time you are at your child’s activity. Really focus on them.
  • Be there mentally, not just physically.

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The power of good father figures

Being a father figure is an important role for all men, e.g. uncles, grandfathers, teachers, sports coaches, youth/scout leaders and pastors.

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Talking about sexuality with boys and girls

Don’t avoid the topic of sexuality with your children – both girls and boys.