At times, despite the best intentions, you will have to miss an arrangement you have made to spend time with your child. The way you as a dad respond to such incidents sends a strong signal to your child.
- If you can see that circumstances mean you are not going to be able to meet a commitment you made to your child, let them know ahead of time if at all possible.
- Don’t give excuses – “I missed the train”, “The meeting finished too late” – your kids don’t want to know why you are late, they just want to know that you really regret not being there for them.
- Don’t buy gifts as a payoff for not making it; just reschedule as soon as you can.