The Fathering Project has provided some tips in the hope they will help, inspire and encourage all fathers and father-figures to be the best that they can be, as all fathers and father-figures are critically important in every child’s life.
More involved fathers and father-figures = better outcomes for children.
Making time after school.
• Pick them up from school when possible.
• Take them out occasionally for after-school ice creams, swims, bowling or other fun times.
• Have dinner with the children, if possible, at least 4 nights of the week.
• Turn the TV off during dinner and listen to them.
• Encourage plenty of humour at home.
• Don’t miss special evening events, e.g. music, sport, club nights.
• When that is impossible, communicate this to your kids early and ask how it went.
• Coach, manage or assist with their sports teams (not just the sport you like).
• Don’t answer your phone or check emails and messages during mealtimes.