Plan your school involvement for the upcoming year

It’s the start of the school year for Australian schools, so they will be asking parents to volunteer their time for many roles, including serving on canteen, assisting teachers in the classroom, helping at working bees, etc. Sit down with your children and agree with them what you will volunteer for, and how often.

Kids love seeing dad at school, even if it is only occasionally. Map out with your children at the start of the year what you will volunteer for (canteen, working bees, classroom assistant, etc.) and how often (once a term, say). Block the dates out in your diary once the roster is finalised and enjoy these special times with your children!

  • As well as being a treat for your children, volunteering in this way is a great way to get to know other parents at the school and to see at first hand how the school operates
  • Ask your child to introduce his or her friends to you
  • Say hi to your child’s teacher

Tips:

A picture is worth 1,000 words

Take photos of your workplace and/or your home (if you live apart from your children) to show your kids – this will help them to visualise where you are when you are not with them.

Tips:

Daughters and dating

Don’t automatically dismiss any boyfriend as not good enough for your daughter.