Parenting Toolbox

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Welcome to our Parenting Toolbox.

Parenting is one of life’s most rewarding experiences, however it can be extremely challenging as well.

Our toolbox aims to provide you with regular tips, tools and strategies to help support you in building strong, healthy connections with your child.

To complement the wealth of education you can receive through our parenting programs and events, we will be developing the parenting toolbox to include informational videos, articles, research and tutorials.

As part of our commitment to provide our community with family support services, we welcome your feedback on any topics or resources you would find beneficial.
 

School holiday activity tips

The end of a school year can be an exciting time for children. Christmas is on the horizon and it’s a long holiday period to play and chill out. For parents, it can be a hopeful time; catching up with extended family; time to see...

Setting limits with your child

Setting limits with our children can be difficult. Kids push the limits daily, they know our triggers and what we react to. We step in and try to fix their problems. We want our children to love us, we want our children to be our...

Sibling rivalry

Disagreements between siblings can be intense and wear a parent down. It’s not uncommon for children to argue about situations that, in their eyes, are unfair.  Children can fight over a toy, a turn on the trampoline or for a parent’s attention. When siblings are...

Budgeting tips for the festive season

Managing your day-to-day finances can be challenging enough so with the festive season approaching, we’ve put together some of our top budgeting tips to help you prepare. Create lists The more organised you are before you go shopping, you are more likely to avoid overspending and buying...

Parent teacher interview considerations

Parent teacher interviews are a time to find out the academic and social progress of your child. The meetings are usually about 10 – 15 minutes for primary aged children. For high school, parents are allocated 5 minutes to see each teacher and often there...

Importance of socialising and play with your toddler

The term ‘caring and sharing’ is important in teaching a child a respectful approach to life. By using a calm voice and showing a positive regard towards people, parents can role model to their child a healthy way of relating to others. This modelling helps...

How to give effective instructions to your child

One important role of parenting is providing your child with effective instructions so they will hear, understand and carry them out accordingly. There are times when a parent has a list of things they would like their child to do, but the instructions get lost...

Pay attention to your child

We all want attention, to be acknowledged and appreciated that we are valuable, that we exist. A smile, a hug, a wave, a kind word exhibits positive recognition.  A frown, a rebuff or a harsh word reveals negative attention. If we do not get positive...

Consequences

Consequences are a part of life. If a driver speeds on the road, the driver receives a fine. If a teen uses their mobile phone at night past the agreed time, the phone is confiscated the next day. If a child forgets to take their...

Boredom is good for your child

“Muuum, I’m bored”, he yelled out. The desperate howl of a child who has ‘nothing to do’ strikes terror into parents. Many parents go into overdrive to occupy their child - sign up for art class, gym class, dance instruction or another activity. As parents,...