Give your kids a call

Dad talking on the phone

“I really wish I could have those early mornings over breakfast with the family, but stockbroking just starts early. I always ring home in the morning from work and talk with Angus about his day so that he starts it with me ‘in his head’. I check in with Anne-Louise and the little one manages to wrestle the phone off them at some point.” – Tim Willoughby, stockbroker and former Olympic rower

“With modern mobile phones I can keep in touch with my teenage daughter while she is away at boarding school. Of course she can’t use the phone during lessons, but I leave text messages that she gets during breaks, like ‘Hope you have a good day’, or ‘Thinking of you, love Dad.’” – David Pocock, investment adviser.

  • Even if you are many miles apart from your child modern technology still allows you to keep in touch.
  • If you miss out on the morning time with your family call and check in before your child heads off to school
  • Use that time to ask about the day ahead
  • This daily phone call lets your child know that even though you are at work, you are still thinking about your child
  • If your child doesn’t have a mobile phone try leaving notes for them to find during the day.

Tips:

Being a good father starts with a good mother

The parenting styles of both your mother and father have influenced how you bring up your children. Consciously identify the good aspects of your parenting experiences to incorporate into your own fathering.

Tips:

Coach or manage your child’s sport team

Encourage your children to play team sports, and get involved through coaching or managing.