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.


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.


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.