Challenge your kids

If you work away from home or travel a lot, try this idea:

Set your child a task to complete while you are apart – something that will challenge them. Then in Skype or phone chats check on progress and provide guidance if they get bogged down. The task can be anything, really, but here are some ideas:

  • Complete a difficult jigsaw puzzle
  • Read several chapters of a novel
  • Research something on the internet such as potential holiday destinations
  • Plan the steps and figure out the materials required to build a cubby house or go-kart (which you can then build together)
  • Learn to juggle


Joke swap

If you are apart from your kids because of work, travel, or access limitations, try this activity: ask your kids to send you a joke via text or email every day you are apart, and in turn send them a “Dad joke”.


Attend the kids’ sports and other interests

Encourage your children in whatever sport and other interests they have chosen, by attending games and asking them questions.