Treat your kids with respect

“Kim treats the children as adults. He never talks down to them and never mocks them. It’s always clear that he values what they have to say. He treats what they say as being important.” – Susie Annus, wife of Kim Beazley, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

  • Ask for your child’s opinion when making family decisions. Show your respect by taking what they have to say seriously
  • Make eye contact and listen to your child when they speak. It shows that you value what they have to say
  • Allow your child to try out their ideas, even when you think their idea won’t work. This creates a sense of teamwork in your family. All ideas are respected!


Plan a meal

Organise to cook a meal with your children when you are together.


Quality time is not enough

Scheduling ‘quality time’ with your children is only part of the answer to building strong relationships. Spend lots of time with your children so you are there when they want to talk.