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.

Tips:

What boys need

Always model the behaviour you wish your child to imitate – even when you think they are not aware of what you are doing.

Tips:

Use technology to stay connected during the day

It is now easier than ever to stay connected with your children even when you are at work.