Make an obstacle course in the backyard

Use whatever you can find (outdoor furniture, sports equipment, toys, building materials, etc) to build obstacles for your children to climb over, crawl under and jump through. Then time the kids as they run the course. Challenge them to improve their times, or gradually make the course more difficult to improve their skills.


Really listen to your children – they will notice!

Remove distractions, focus on your child, and listen to what they are saying.


Make morning time special

Don’t always leave it to your partner to handle the morning rush of breakfast, getting dressed, getting school lunches packed and finding homework. Take your turn occasionally and see the benefits in your family’s life.