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.

Tips:

“The (Sex) Talk”

By the time your child is ready for the sex talk, it's likely they know a lot about the biology of it all from school or elsewhere.
Instead of focusing on the technical talk, start a conversation about how your child can make the best decisions for themselves.

Tips:

Do you know where your child is all day? Visit their school and see!

Take your child to school and ask them to show you around – where is their classroom? Where do they sit? Where do they eat lunch? Where is the playground? Who is their teacher? Who are their friends? Having this information will make it easier to relate to your child as they tell you about their school life.