Make conversations more meaningful

Many of the conversations we have with children are about achieving a task – e.g. deciding where to go on a dad date, or what to have for dinner. These conversations require little effort, and yet are not particularly helpful in gaining an understanding of your child. Try having more conversations with your child that focus on them and their world – and try to let your child do most of the talking.

  • Ask questions only to clarify, not distract
  • Listen!
  • Don’t interrupt

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.

Activities:

Take your children out occasionally for a treat

Surprise your children occasionally with a fun treat such as ice creams, a swim at the beach or pool, or bowling.