Create special times with your children

Dad surfing with kid

Arrange to spend time with each of your children on a regular basis. Take each of your kids out for ‘dad dates’ (no other adults, no other kids), eg dinner plus movies, special lunch or breakfast, beach walks, park, city, show or shopping trips.

  • Spend that date time just listening to them
  • Be deliberate about creating these special times, eg write such plans in your diary


Help dad when he is away

Ask your children to help you by doing a task while you are away, or when they are not with you.


Be present

Engage in the activity. Make eye contact and really pay attention to what is going on.