Have a shared parenting plan

Do you have a clear plan to manage the challenging issues that may arise when the children are with one parent or the other – for example, an emergency trip to hospital for one of the children, or behaviour problems?

Do you have two styles of family – one when the children are with you, and one when they are with their mum or other carer?  It is not wrong – but you and the children’s other carer are better off discussing it.

It is always much easier if you have a clear understanding of how things will work when the children are not with you, and importantly some plans for when the children are with you and incidents occur that require a shared response.

Tips:

Encourage your kids to avoid smoking

Discuss with your children the impacts of smoking, and ways to avoid starting.

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Tell your kids how special they are

Think about specific ways that your child is unique, and tell them how special those things are.