Parenting Tips and Support
Being a parent is important and rewarding but at times parents may need information, advice and support at different stages in their child’s life.
These pages aim to help parents to:
- encourage their children to reach their full potential;
- support their children to be healthy, strong, safe, to enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution to family and community and achieve economic wellbeing.
Parenting Top Tips
All parents need help from time to time and we have some helpful tips on parenting in the Parenting Top Tips Booklet which can be downloaded here. These include:
- The power of play
- Understanding our children’s feelings and behaviour
- Using rewards
- Diverting & distracting
- Creating boundaries
- Time to calm down
- Celebrating family time
Parenting 5-a-Day Checklist
Last Modified: 05/12/2018
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- Read to your child for 15 minutes - Children’s brains learn language much more easily in the early years and exposure to as many different words as possible builds vocabulary.
- Play with your child on the floor for 10 minutes - Infants typically "reach out" for interaction through babbling and gestures. Parents should encourage this by playing at their physical level – on the floor.
- Talk with your child for 20 minutes with the television off - Children from the poorest backgrounds typically hear far fewer words spoken each day than those in wealthier homes. By switching off the TV and talking, parents can improve children’s verbal and literacy skills and prepare them for school.
- Adopt positive attitudes towards your child and praise them frequently - There is "significant evidence" that more "positive parenting" can help reduce children’s "toxic stress levels" and strengthen parent-child bonds but children in the poorest homes are far less likely to be praised.
- Give your child a nutritious diet to aid development - This is where the "five a day" campaign for parenting meets the fruit and vegetable eating drive. A good diet helps the brain develop, while breast feeding babies is widely seen as positive.