Time with teens.

The older children get, the busier they become and the harder it can be to find moments to connect. Here are a few tools you might use to find a few extra minutes with your teenager.

  • Make the most of time in the car – drive them to and from friends’ houses or outings and spend the travel catching-up.
  • Encourage them to help you cook meals in the kitchen or on the barbecue.
  • When they are learning to drive, supervise their driving practice.
  • Watch sport together – either at the game or on TV.
  • Exercise together – go to the gym, for a run or sign up for a social team sport together.
  • Plan and then take a holiday together.

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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.

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Tips for separated dads

Even if you are separated from your kids, your role as a father remains important. Listen in to some tips that can help you be a better separated dad.