Keep talking

It’s tempting to put on a brave face and give the impression to your kids that you a coping well with not being with them, whether this is because of work or travel commitments or because of marital breakdown, even when things are not going great. After all, that is the situation and you need to make it work. Bottling up your anger or frustration, though, can increase your stress levels and lead to a range of problems.

Be honest with your kids about how you are going. Share both the highs and lows of the job and life away from them. But put things into perspective, too, by listening to your kids and others tell of their lives, and keep up with news of the world outside.

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Committed dads benefit personally

Seeing your children grow up to be your friends is immensely rewarding.

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Create special times with your children

Arrange to spend time with each of your children on a regular basis.