Cook a special meal once a week or once a month

Kids cooking spaghetti Bolognese

Credit: Joe Spano and Family

Take your children’s ages (and your abilities!) into account when planning your meal. Start off with something relatively easy – pancakes for breakfast, for example – and as you and the children gain experience you can move on to more complex recipes. It’s all about spending time together and creating shared experiences, rather than what you actually cook.

(Make sure you and the kids clean up afterwards as well – your partner will appreciate it!)

Tips:

Remove distractions

Put kids’ schoolbags, phones and other “distractors” into the car’s boot for the journey to and from school.

Resources:

Teenage girls and the pressure they face

Girls need some help or some way to avoid the pressure they get from boys. You can find other strategies or ways from Collective Shout to help your teenage daughter(s). In the meantime, listen to this podcast for tips on how to help teenage girls face the pressure.