Encourage your children to share their worries

Listen to your children’s fears and anxieties about the times you are away and reassure them of your love and commitment to them.

Children will develop their own ideas and mental images of where you go when you are away from home, and along with that will often imagine dangers or potential events that will prevent your return. Listen to their fears and reassure them as much as you can about the likelihood of such events.

  • Use photos or video to show your children where you are when you are away from home so they can visualise your work and your surroundings more easily.
  • Explain some of the safety procedures that are in place on site, if appropriate.

Experiences:

Good Fathering Could Save Australia $5 Billion a Year

The link between good fathering and children’s outcomes is so strong that it’s estimated that if all Australian fathers spend an extra five minutes a day with each of their children, $5 billion a year would be saved in the areas of law, health, education and industry.

Tips:

Accept children as they are

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