Give Mum a break

“For a period of time Merrin was getting exhausted in her role as mother. So I took five weeks of annual leave in the form of one day a week, every Wednesday, to look after the children while she went off and did whatever she liked for the day. It might have been shopping, seeing her friends or whatever. We wrote it on our calendars as ‘Merrin’s Day.’” – Glen Begley, former director, WA Institute for Medical Research.

  • How can you give your wife a break from parenting duties? Use a vacation day? Come home early to cook dinner? Take the kids out of the house one evening a week?
  • Find a way to create space for your wife to take time for herself away from the children.
  • Use that time to build relationships with your children. Have special ‘Dad’ activities that you do together.
  • Everyone will start to look forward to Mum’s day off!


Show Them You Care

This is a short and funny video clip featuring Peter Rowsthorn sharing tips and avice for Fathers and father-figures on behalf of The Fathering Project.


Plan ahead

If you work away from home or travel a lot, here's a tip: a little planning can help make your spare time while away from your children more valuable.