Play a board game

Family playing a board game together

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Board games are a great way to spend time with your children – there are hundreds of different types available in the stores, or you can often pick them up cheaply from charity shops or garage sales. Choose something age-appropriate, and take the time to teach your child how to play. Snakes and Ladders, Battleship, Monopoly, Pictionary, Cluedo, and Scrabble are all classic games you can try.

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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 away from your children more valuable.

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Impacts when fathers reunite with children

Be aware that your children have coping strategies in place while you are away from them – don’t be too hasty in making judgements when you see your children again.