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.

Tips:

Making time

Block out time in your calendar or diary for dad dates and other times to spend with your family – don’t leave it to chance.

Tips:

Raise your kids to be adventurous

Don’t wrap your children in cotton wool and try to protect them from the world and all its dangers. Instead, teach them to recognise and manage the risks in a situation so they can confidently challenge themselves.