“Being there” with technology

Technology can be an important tool for you to keep in touch with family when you are away.

Video chats can be a great way of connecting with your kids and a 5 minute chat goes a long way. With children, seeing is often believing. Try Skype, Instagram, iChat, VBuzzer and goober as examples for video conferencing that enable you to keep in contact when you are away from them, whether because of work arrangements or marital breakdown. These tools are usually free and can be used on tablets, smart phones or PCs with an internet connection.

As a tip – remember to ask open questions that will open up the discussion. These are better than questions that lead to yes/no answers and will help you build an effective communication link. Be prepared to talk about your day and week so that they see it is a two sided conversation.

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One-on-one time is important

Be flexible in your work practices and find time in your day to spend with your children.

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Involve kids in your work

When you involve your child in your job you create special memories.