Make it a habit

If you can, aim to spend a few minutes one-on-one with each of your children every day – for example, getting them up in the morning, or reading a story together at bedtime. Soon it will become an integral part of your day and theirs – a habit that will strengthen your relationships with your children.

  • If daily habits are too difficult to create, aim for weekly routines such as cooking breakfast on a weekend morning, walking the dog on certain afternoons, or watching the Friday night footy match on TV.
  • As your children grow, the nature of these routines will evolve – the important thing is to keep up the habit of spending time together.

Resources:

Beliefs and values; cockroaches and moths

Dads are powerful influencers in shaping the beliefs and values of their children, both through what they say and what they do. Listen to this podcast here.

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Utilize a flexible schedule

Can you work an extra hour, or work through lunch to make time to leave early one day a week? Spend that extra hour with your child.