As parents, you are the most important person in your child’s life.
Many parents find life with a child a joyful but challenging experience. Children’s needs change as they grow and each stage brings new challenges.
Parenting WA offers an information, support and referral service to parents, carers, grandparents and families with children up to 18 years of age. Parenting WA services are free and no referral is needed.
Parenting WA’s trained staff are available to work with parents;
· On specific parenting needs. They will help develop strategies for home life;
· To manage the different parenting challenges from infancy and childhood through to teenage years;
· To understand the different stages of child development, and;
· To find information about local community support services.
Parenting coordinators, located throughout WA, can provide individual parenting discussions, group sessions and workshops.
Parenting WA also provides the Parenting WA Line, a 24/7 telephone information service, a library rich with useful resources, parenting guide sheets and an on-line guide to parenting courses in WA. For more information contact Parenting WA (08) 6279 1200 or 1800 654 432 or at: http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/parents
Parenting WA Library
Did you know that Parenting WA offers a FREE parenting library to parents, carers and families throughout Western Australia? The Parenting Library has a range of helpful books, and DVDs on subjects of interest to parents and carers with children from pre-birth to 18 years of age. When you join the library you can borrow up to two items for a period of three weeks. You will be sent these items free of charge with a reply paid envelope for their return. You can browse the catalogue online at www.communities.wa.gov.au
When you have made your selections, email or telephone to speak to one of the parenting consultants. Phone (08) 6279 1200 or 1800 686 155 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parenting WA Line: The Parenting WA Line is a telephone information and support service on parenting that is available 24/7. Ph: (08) 6279 1200 or 1800 654 432
More parenting support information can be found at:
Raising Children Network www.raisingchildren.com.au
Child and Youth Health www.cyh.com
Positive Parenting Program www.pmh.health.wa.gov.au/services/TripleP
Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
There are many ways to be a good parent. Managing children’s behaviour can be challenging at times, however it is an essential part of good parenting. The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) may help you raise happy and confident children, through small changes and simple routines.
Programs offered include:
· Seminar Series Triple P
· Group Triple P
All programs are at no cost to parents or carers. To find out more, or to register in a program near you phone1300 550 879 or email email@example.com
For more information, go to: www.pmh.health.wa.gov.au/services/TripleP
Adolescent support services - Where to go for help?
Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 years. You can phone the helpline anytime on 1800 55 1800, or visit the website at www.kidshelp.com.au.
Somazone is a safe space for young people to ask questions, share stories and get help for mental health issues, sexual health, relationships, abuse, body image, and drug use. Visit the website at www.somazone.com.au.
If you need help or information relating specifically to mental health difficulties, you could also try www.reachout.com.au, www.youthbeyondblue.com.au, or www.headspace.org.au.
You can also talk through any problems you may be having with your local Community Health Nurse, Jessica Wheatcroft on (08)9391 2235. Remember, no matter how big or small your problem is, there is help available and it is important to seek help as soon as possible.
Play is important for your child’s physical, emotional, mental and social development. Playgrounds are fun and provide children of all ages with excellent opportunities for physical activity. Here are some tips for keeping your child engaged and safe in playgrounds:
· Encourage your child to have fun and try new things.
· Visit different playgrounds in the community to keep things new and interesting.
· Arrange to meet friends at playgrounds.
· Always supervise your child.
· Encourage your child to take turns, play safely and think about others.
· Help your child to develop a simple set of playground rules.
· Remember to protect you and your child from the sun.
· Check how your child is dressed – clothing or hats with cords could result in injury.
· If you notice any damage to the playground, report it immediately