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.

Tips:

Send messages to say “I love you”

Don’t just tell your kids you love them in spoken words – use a variety of ways to communicate.

Activities:

Build a cubby house in your lounge room

Grab spare sheets and other linen plus any available chairs to construct a tent cubby in your lounge room.