Take responsibility

Encourage and expect your kids to take responsibility for their actions and be a role model through your own behaviour.

  • Don’t play the “blame game”.
  • Apologise when you do something wrong.
  • Don’t cover up for your kids, or make excuses for them, when they do something wrong. Teach them to admit and apologise for their mistakes, make up for them in whatever way is appropriate and learn from the experience.


It is important to say the three words – ‘I Love You’

Tell your children you love them – often.


Joke swap

If you are apart from your kids because of work, travel, or access limitations, try this activity: ask your kids to send you a joke via text or email every day you are apart, and in turn send them a “Dad joke”.