Teach values to your children

Be specific about values like trust, honesty, integrity, respect, racism, generosity to those who are poor and kindness to those in need.

  • Teach them to accept people who are different, eg. kids who are disabled, obese or ‘uncool’
  • Develop their conscience about issues like bullying and abusers – don’t leave a vacuum
  • Apologise to your kids when you are wrong
  • Give ‘margarine apologies’, not butter – ie, don’t say “I am sorry, but, er, if only you hadn’t…”

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Don’t forget some “ME” time

Schedule time for yourself when the children are with you, but only after you have reconnected with your children.

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Ideas for spending time with teenagers

Get creative in finding opportunities to spend time with your teenager.