Create a backup support team

You can expand your team to assist in those challenging times or when there is something special that your children would like to attend (e.g. concert or sporting event).

Do you have relations, close family or friends who can step in to help out on those occasions when you are away?

Often we are too proud or feel that we need to be totally independent. Most people who are genuine family/friends are happy to support if they are available. But if you don’t ask there is a high chance that it won’t happen.

Tips:

Ask the mum for tips

Ask your partner or ex-partner how the kids are coping with you being away, and how they like it when you spend time with them, and work on making any changes identified.

Teens and Respect.

Here are a few tools you might use to promote mutual respect and ensure your teenager knows they are respected.