Staying involved as a working parent

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Staying involved as a working parent

How can a child who wants to be more involved with their children, but works many hours do that with their children? There are a lot of different ways to be involved with your children. It doesn't always have to be just spending all the time with them. You can also have access to your children by working at home, being in the next room, listen to what they need, and be able to keep some time in that way. In today's technology, you can also be involved with your children by using text message, iPads, or calling them as much as you can. It is also very important for you as a father, that during the times that you are able to spend time with your kids, to block out all other experiences, and put your undivided attention into your children. When you do so, do things that you like with your children. Play with them. If you have to drive somewhere, take them with you. Talk to them. Finally, you can really make your partner happy by spending weekends or times that you are not at work with the children, and giving your partner a break from spending most of the time with the children. You will be able to bond with your children and also, give space to your partner to get prepared for the coming week. When you do that, it's also important, for you as a father, to prepare with your time with your children. Consult with your partner, what are the important things to do.

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Chen Oren, PhD

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Chen Z. Oren, PhD, is a psychologist with a private practice in Westlake Village, CA. He is also a researcher, author, and speaker. Dr. Oren specializes in the psychology of men, fathers, and athletes.  He counsels men, women, couples, and athletes and co-leads a weekly men's group.   Dr. Oren’s work with men and fathers is focused on understanding their own experiences, challenges, and strengths to help them become fathers.  He serves on the board of the American Psychological Association, Division 51, the Study of the Psychology or Men and Masculinity.  He speaks locally and nationally on issues related to men and fathering issues, diversity, and effective counseling.  His book, Counseling Fathers (Routledge), is designed to bridge the gap between fathers and professional helpers. He has ongoing research on fathers and therapy that looks closely at the experiences of fathers to better understand their strengths and their struggles. Dr. Oren received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from USC.

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