Try to carve out time in your schedule to take the kids to school and/or pick them up in the afternoon at least a day or two each week. Use this time together to really listen to your children.
- If you are driving, remove all distractors (for the children and you!): their schoolbags, books and all technology – including phones – in the boot, radio off and your phone off (not just on vibrate)
- Set the right example – obey road rules, wear a helmet if cycling, etc – kids learn from your behaviour as much as from what you say
- Ask questions that will encourage your child to share with you – not “How was school?”, but “Tell me three good things that happened at school today” or “What two things are you looking forward to at school today?”