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.


As time flies by

Children grow up fast – make sure you create opportunities to spend time with them as much as you can.


Accept children as they are

Children need to know that they are loved and accepted regardless of their performance – at school, sport, or anything.