Encourage awareness of surroundings

Challenge your children to always be aware of their surroundings – this can encourage curiosity about the world, as well as being a valuable skill if they are ever lost or in danger.

  • When you are out somewhere with your children, test them to see what they have noticed about the location, the people, the food, etc
  • Encourage the children to use all their senses – not just what they can see, but what they can hear, touch, smell and even taste
  • Make up games (even “I Spy” works) to encourage even very young children to notice things


Beliefs and values; cockroaches and moths

Dads are powerful influencers in shaping the beliefs and values of their children, both through what they say and what they do. Listen to this podcast here.


Avoid the good cop, bad cop trap

If you are separated from your partner, disciplining your children can become more difficult.