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.

Tips:

Praise your kids – often

Criticism should be vastly outweighed by praise in communicating with your children.

Activities:

Five animated movies to watch with your kids

Watch a movie with your kids and then spend some time discussing the father/child relationships portrayed.