Eat together

“We have always eaten together. Meal times have always been organised around my cricket schedule. Rather than having a drink with the players after practice, I would usually come home so I could have a meal with the family. During our meals we have always talked a lot and never watched TV, then when they were young I used to read them stories every night after dinner.” – John Inverarity, former Australian cricketer and now chairman of selectors.

  • Even with a busy work schedule it is possible to make family meal time a priority.
  • You may have to sacrifice things you want to do, but the benefits of being home with your family will outweigh the minor sacrifice.
  • There is no better time to engage your children in conversations about their life than during a family meal.


Struggling to accept a child with disabilities

Celebrate your child for how special and unique they are, not only for academic success or sporting ability.


Be aware of children’s emotions

Don’t back off and assume it is mum’s role to deal with kids’ emotions. Learn to recognise when your child is feeling sad or frightened.