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!)


Encourage learning

Any time spent together can be a time to teach and to learn.


Communicating with your child

The most powerful way to engage with your child on a daily basis is to shift your communication gear from ‘transactional' to 'interactional’.