Build confident kids through challenge

Mom and dad at son's graduation

Encourage children to challenge themselves as they grow and learn, and celebrate milestones and successes.

  • Create a family celebration for all milestones and successes, eg a special meal, with speeches
  • Establish a ‘no put down’ rule about all things
  • Encourage reasonable risk
  • During discipline, show them you believe in them, eg. “this isn’t like you” or “you’re better than that”


Coping with Loss

One father wrote his dad a letter about all the good things, and when his dad died he found it had been opened many times.


Build contacts in the workplace

Find other dads in your situation in your workplace and/or community and share experiences.