Parents

Parent Consultations, Referrals and Support

Early Life Foundations parent support  includes the outreach program that we have developed over the past few years to voluntarily assist parents who need parenting suppor

Understanding Children's Behaviour: Survival Tips for Parents

Do you sometimes feel like you just don't know what to do next in your parenting? Do you wonder why your children behave the way they do and what to do about it? This presentation provides an overview of some of the reasons why children behave the way they do and gives some practical strategies for parents to support their children and guide their behaviours in appropriate ways. Parents are able to raise questions at the presentation and this provides an opportunity for specific issues to be addressed. It focuses upon childrens’ behaviour from birth to about 10 years of age.

Resilience & Self Esteem

Success isn't all about a score at VCE or University. Being able to bounce back, take a risk, have a go and solve problems are important life skills for children and adults. Resilience helps us to take on life’s challenges and to have some independence and confidence as we proceed through life. To be resilient helps us to reach realistically for our goals and dreams and to tackle the difficult times. The presentation provides strategies to help build a positive self esteem and resilience in your child.

So What's the Hurry?

Life seems to be increasingly hectic with little time to relax at home. Setting patterns now in your child’s life will influence the way they approach teenage hood and adult life. This presentation highlights the importance for families and children to avoid becoming caught up in the rushed and hurried world. Many children are scheduled into so many extra weekly curricula activities that there is almost never a day when everyone can relax at home or simply go out together to the beach or the park as a family. This session provides examples of how careful we have to be to not over value extra curricula activities, how to slow down a little and discusses ways in which family and home life can influence later lifestyle choices and behaviours.

Setting Our Children Up For Success

Life and learning is not a race to see who gets somewhere the fastest - dispelling the myth that success is all about academia. This presentation considers the complexities of life and what contributes to success. It asks the question; “what is success?” and unpacks many features of what may constitute a successful and rewarding life that goes far beyond reciting the alphabet and counting and being “bright”. Practical ideas and strategies are provided which include, the importance of self expression, reaching out when you need to, taking on challenges, meaningful relationships and effective communication. This session highlights the importance of viewing life and success in a holistic way that is not measured simply by money or career but by opportunities, choices and a positive self esteem.

Looking After Yourself As a Parent (Work-Life Balance)

Do you ever feel as a parent that you have lost your identity or your well being is compromised? Trying to juggle the needs of children, work, financial issues, maintaining a relationship, and daily house and home life is not easy. This presentation has a focus on the importance of looking after yourself as an individual, partner and parent. Parenting young children is often exhausting and challenging. It can often feel very isolating or that every other parent is coping well except for you. Practical strategies and ideas are presented to help rebuild a stronger sense of self and to help you replenish yourself. In this session ideas and strategies will be presented about how to seek support, have time alone and indulge yourself and to enjoy time with others are also presented.

Understanding Children: Avoiding the Infamous "Personality Clash"

Do you ever think to yourself as a parent, "how could this child be mine?!" This presentation unpacks a range of personality characteristics in order to help parents gain a deeper understanding that despite environment, family and culture, behaviours, attitudes and interactions are also influenced by our genes. We are all born with some elements of temperament that even before the environment has had any chance to influence us, impacts on our interactions and how others may interact with us. In families, often there are battles and challenges that are influenced to some degree by our own personality and how that works or doesn’t work with the personality other family members. This session provides strategies to help avoid personality clashes and to provide clues as to how best to interact with each other despite our different personality characteristics.

The Importance of Childhood & Play

It seems sometimes that childhood is disappearing. Teenage clothing for 4 year olds and exposure to so many adult concepts ... it is increasingly hard at times to hold onto giving your child a childhood! This presentation reflects upon the alarming trends within society that portray young children as teenagers. It provides examples of how lifestyle and expectations are being “pushed down” earlier and earlier with parents being told that to promote a stimulating and meaningful life you have to give your child everything including sleep overs at 3, expensive entertainment birthday parties at 5 and play dates every second day. This presentation gives examples and strategies of the major important aspects of childhood that children most need in their early years. It highlights the importance and richness of play and how learning, life skills self esteem and resilience are all promoted through encouraging and allowing children to play.

School Readiness

How do you know when your child is ready? What does readiness mean? Why is it important? There are confusing messages in the community about when is the best time to send a child to school. Did you know that Victoria has one of the youngest entry ages to school of many places across the world? This session considers the importance of sending a child to school when they have the maturity to make the most of their learning and to enjoy their 13 years of formal schooling rather than just “cope” or play catch up for many years. Some researchers claim that whether you are mature or not, you may get the same score in Year 12 as children who were more mature and so readiness is not a major issue. This session debunks the claim that readiness for school is as simple as a score at the end. It is the journey that matters and how you feel about yourself along the way. Readiness indicators and support strategies for parents are provided in this session for parents wishing to think about when to start their child at school and preschool years.

Choosing a School

Does it feel like you have too much choice? Don't know whether to go private or public, co-education or single sex school? This presentation provides some insights into how to choose a school that is right for your child and family. Contrary to what many people think, there is not one “best” school. This session considers the values, the needs, interests and issues related to finding a school that will most provide the type of environment, culture, values and programs that are most likely to meet the needs of your child. Practical strategies on how to find out about schools, conversations to hold with principals and what to look for are provided.

School Preparation & Transition

So your child is off to school next year? How do you prepare your child, yourself and the rest of the family? Once you have made the decision your child is going to school and chosen a school, there is the consideration of how best to help your child to make a smooth and easy transition to school where they feel as secure and relaxed as possible. This presentation provides many practical and important strategies for the family and for the child on how to prepare a child for this importance transition in their life.