Helping dad around the house

If you have chores to do around the house such as gardening, cleaning, or maintenance, invite and encourage your kids to help but don’t force them into it as this could put them off.

  • Give them fun jobs to do, suitable to their ages and abilities.
  • Don’t use the children as your slave labour – work alongside them.
  • Invent games or competitions to get them involved and get the jobs done more quickly.

Tips:

A picture is worth 1,000 words

Take photos of your workplace and/or your home (if you live apart from your children) to show your kids – this will help them to visualise where you are when you are not with them.

Activities:

Build a cubby house in your lounge room

Grab spare sheets and other linen plus any available chairs to construct a tent cubby in your lounge room.