Focus on your kids when they are with you

FIFO workers, travelling dads and separated dads have usually developed effective coping mechanisms to deal with loneliness and isolation when on their own. Great – but don’t use them when your children are with you.

Technology helps to keep us entertained, and often people will develop a routine when on their own. But watch out and do not bring these practices into the time you spend with your children. You and your children will get a lot more enjoyment out of your time together when you are not distracted, but rather focus on your children and what you are doing together.

Tips:

Set at-home office hours

If you work from home, set boundaries to work time so it doesn’t crowd out family time.

Tips:

Drugs and your children

Don’t assume your child will never be offered illicit drugs or will know how to avoid pressures to take drugs.