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:

Be there

If you are separated from your partner and have limited access to your children, make sure they know that you will continue to always be there for them.

Tips:

Conversation starters – primary school children

Here are a few suggested questions to ask your child.