Create a family ritual

“I take the kids down to the beach in the evenings after work about three times a week. We drive down, buy a drink and park. We either just sit there and talk or we walk along the cliff or along the beach watching the windsurfers. I love teaching them to appreciate the beauty of the beach and the open air. It also helps me unwind after work. It gives me a great chance to talk to them. It would not have worked so well at home – they might be distracted by TV. I ask the kids how their day was. It is a good time to talk but sometimes they don’t want to talk so we don’t. Anyone can do it – it is easy and it is free (apart from the cost of the odd soft drink!).” – Ken Watt, dentist.

  • Begin a family ritual after work at least once a week.
  • Find a place that is relaxing and away from the house to be together. Use it as a way to wind down from the day and connect with one another.
  • Put the rest of the things that need done on hold for even 30 minutes so that you can enjoy this special time together.

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Stimulate your child’s imagination

Give your children the space and time to be creative.

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Build contacts in the workplace

Find other dads in your situation in your workplace and/or community and share experiences.