Read books together

Pre-school and primary children love reading with an adult. Being away from your child due to work or travel commitments need not be a hindrance: try distant reading.

Distant reading can be done by telephone or video. Get two books out of the library and read them together. Alternatively eBooks on a single account usually enable you to down load and pay for one book and it is also available on a second device. It doesn’t have to be long, 5 to 10 minutes each day per child is a brilliant investment.

With older children, find out what they are reading and try reading their books. Then you can find out what they are into plus it will give you a common interest that you can discuss.

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Challenge your kids

If you work away from home or travel a lot, try setting your child a task to complete while you are apart – something that will challenge them.

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Going away and coming home

It is always important to stay in touch with your children when you are away. Listen to this podcast by Bruce Robinson and find out why it's important to keep in touch with your children.