Parenting advice

“People say parenting is the hardest job in the world – they’re wrong, growing up is.

We all just forget how hard it was”.  Jack Thorne

Behaviour

Problematic behaviour is common in children, in some studies reportedly up to 12% of 4-12 year olds display challenging behaviours. It must be noted that not all problematic behaviour is pathological eg it is quite common and normal for toddlers to have tantrums and for older children to defy instructions and push the boundaries. Nor is problematic behaviour permanent. It is important for parents and carers to try to understand why children are displaying difficult behaviours and learn how to manage the underlying source of the problematic behaviour. By learning how to respond to children’s behaviour and by implementing strategies, many parents/carers find that their children cope better and, over time, the frequency of challenging behaviours reduces. Common parenting concerns and solutions may be found here.

Parenting help

Resourcing parents – early learning resources, parenting programs and more

Love Talk Sing Read Play – latest evidence based information on children’s emotional and social development

Parenting programs are exceptionally helpful for many families:

  • Parentworks – free, australian-based online program for parents to work through to develop manage challenging behaviours
  • Triple P parenting program (for parents/carers of 3-8 year olds)- a fantastic program (face-to-face or online) which aims to increase knowledge, skills & confidence of parents and to reduce mental health, emotional & behavioral problems in children/adolescents. Find a course: relationshipsNSW, via resourcingparents
  • Tuning into kids (different age groups) – emotionally intelligent parenting
  • Circle of security (for parents/carers of 0-12 year olds) – read/understand children’s behaviour, respond and support children’s emotions, enhance self esteem & improve relationships with carers/peers

 

Safety

Kidsafe – keeping children safe with preventative strategies

Button battery safety – information from RCH