Keep a record

Sometimes our visit with the children, whether on the return home from a stint on site or travelling, or as an access visit, does not go as we would like it to. Why is that? How about writing down some of the good things and some of the areas where it was not so good. This can easily be done after you have parted from the children. It doesn’t have to be long.

Think about why it was good or not good and think of ways to make sure you repeat the good and try another approach at the not so good. Dads don’t have to be perfect – just keep trying to get better.

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Be mindful of family time when scheduling meetings

Be conscious of not only your own family schedule but the schedule of others when you set meeting times.

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Supporting teens through major exams

There are many ways to help teens prepare for the big exams they face. This article by Laurie Hollmann, PhD, provides some pointers.