Dad Dates are an oldie, but a goodie. Even with teenagers, one-on-one time is still our most tried, tested and recommended tip – and it’s never too late to start.
- are best practised with one child at a time, meaning one-on-one time with no-one else and no interruptions.
- are an opportunity for connection, and help your child to feel like they are valued, loved and worth your time.
- don’t have to be elaborate; a simple coffee, lunch or just going for a walk are easy ways to create one-on-one time.
- can sometimes be special – try taking your child somewhere they’ve been wanting to try, this will help them notice you are listening.
- give you a change to listen – try to be interested and avoid judgment or criticism.
- take time, and effort – make a point of scheduling this in your diary, just like a business meeting.
- may be difficult at the start, but persevere – perhaps learn something new together or give yourselves something to focus on until the conversation begins to run more smoothly.