Practise good communication

“The odds are that when you start fathering you are quite definitely programmed, based on your own background. You therefore need to be generous in accommodating your partner’s views. You have to mature very quickly and understand what is in your partner’s mind.” – Danny Hill, businessman.

  • Most people begin by parenting the way they were parented. And you may assume your wife will mother the way you were mothered. Unless you make a conscious effort to look at parenting differently.
  • Have a conversation with your partner about how you were each raised. Discuss together what you liked and didn’t like about your upbringing. What traditions do you want to continue and what would you like to change?

Tips:

Discuss beliefs with children

Discuss your beliefs, whatever they are, with your children.

Resources:

Tips for separated dads Part 2

Here are some more tips for separated dads from Bruce Robinson, founder of The Fathering Project. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript below.