Being an example of resilience.

Your kids will pay attention and base their behaviour on what they see and observe, so it’s important to model good behaviour when handling the good and the bad in your life.

  • Avoid dismissing your kids’ challenges: be open and talk with your kids at a young age about some issues you faced when you were growing up and how you overcame them, i.e. sibling rivalry, sharing and handling change.
  • When you anticipate challenges for your kid/s, talk openly about how they might face these with a positive and resilient attitude – i.e. transitioning in to pre-primary.
  • What are some strategies they can use to make things easier or keep a motivated mindset if they’re feeling discouraged? Chat to them about this.

 

Tips:

Encourage your parenting partner

Support and encourage each other in parenting. Thank your partner for all the work they do for the family, and show that you value this.

Tips:

Do your work colleagues know you are a dad?

Being a dad is part of who you are – not a separate component of your life that is hidden away while you are at work.