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.

Tips:

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.

Tips:

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.