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”


Break the cycle of a poor role model

You don’t have to be like your dad. If he was never a good role model to you while growing up, break the cycle!


Learn about parenting

Take the opportunity to read books and websites, listen to talks and discuss fathering (and, more generally, parenting) with others.