Plan ahead

If you work away from home or travel a lot, here’s a tip:

A little planning can help make your spare time while you are away from your children more valuable. While you are with your children, sit down with them and work out what‘s coming up in your children’s lives and how it fits with your off-work hours. Schedule phone calls and Skype chats for times that suit everyone. Mark these appointments on a calendar so the kids can see when you will call, and in your diary or phone calendar (with an alarm!) so you don’t forget.

(Of course, surprise phone calls are also fun, but don’t be upset if nobody is home or they are distracted by other issues and don’t have time to talk.)


Break the cycle of a poor role model

You don’t have to be like your dad. If he was never a good role model to you while growing up, break the cycle!


You have to say NO: Kids Must Take Responsibility

Teachers are urging parents to say no to their children more so they learn to take responsibility for their actions. This includes setting boundaries at an early age and refusing to drop everything to cater for a forgetful teenager.