Work around children’s busyness

As the kids get older, they will get busier with school, sport, after-school activities, friends, etc. Work around their other commitments as much as you can in planning time together.

  • Take the time to learn your children’s schedules of activities – and make adjustments as things change.
  • Plan dad dates with each of your kids and lock them into the calendar.
  • If you or your child has to miss a dad date, reschedule as soon as you can.

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Ask the mum for tips

Ask your partner or ex-partner how the kids are coping with you being away, and how they like it when you spend time with them, and work on making any changes identified.

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Send messages to say “I love you”

Don’t just tell your kids you love them in spoken words – use a variety of ways to communicate.