Dad Diaries: Giving feedback to your kids

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10:45 am
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When you’ve got to give your kids some honest feedback in life when you need to confront them about some issues how do you roll that out as a dad?

“Oooh, that’s a difficult one, especially as they get older,” says Collier Primary School dad Rob Ramsden. They build themselves up so they think they have a tough exterior but really they’re quite fragile. I try to look at it front a positive perspective as well as an area for development in terms of feedback. So I try and find the balance that and not build them up too much and give them a big head, walking around thinking they’re much more fantastic than everyone else.

It can be a challenge to get them into a space where they genuinely reflect on something that’s happened or something they need to work on or something they shouldn’t be so proud of.  So personality management is such a big thing. Depending on their personality they’re going to interpret and hear things differently. So knowing your “audience” is vital because approaching these issues, in the same way, isn’t necessarily going to work for all your kids.

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