Don’t be a reactive father

“I tend to be a spontaneous, reactive person rather than a proactive planner. I guess I am about half and half, when I think about it. I do tend to think about what my kids could gain from particular activities and strategies and work it into my day sometimes. I think I could have improved in this area, though – I would like to have spent more time thinking strategically about each of the kids’ future and working on it.” – Peter Prout, lecturer, pastor, former schoolteacher and principal.

  • Don’t just react to children’s problems, but try to plan ahead. Focus on positive parenting. Don’t just react to problems when they occur.
  • Think about how you can help your child build skills to deal with common issues.

Activities:

Watch waves crash during storms

Go to the beach during a storm and see how different it can be.

Tips:

Learn about becoming a better father

Very few men are “naturals” when it comes to fathering and mentoring. Recognise this and take steps to learn more.