Joke swap

If you are apart from your kids because of work, travel, or access limitations, try this activity:

Ask your kids to send you a joke via text or email every day you are apart, and in turn send them a “Dad joke”*. When you are with your children again, take a vote on which was the best, and worst, joke.

There are numerous sites on the internet with suitable jokes – make sure they are appropriate for your kids’ ages.

(* If you haven’t heard the term before, a “Dad joke” is a joke that is considered by your kids to be not very funny.)


Encourage your kids

Build up your child’s confidence by encouraging him or her to step out of their comfort zone to try new things, and by noticing and praising their efforts.


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.