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Collaborate

It takes a team to raise a child, no matter what your team looks like. Collaboration is a great way to make families thrive and teach children how to build healthy relationships.

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Couples should try to work as a team. Ensuring that both parents get enough sleep and share housework and parenting tasks is important. Try and be kind to each other, give praise and encouragement and share your successes together.

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Advice from Latrobe Valley families

“Kids need their parents in their corner, even in the most challenging of times.”

Latrobe Valley parent

“Sharing responsibility! Each person in my family shares the jobs and picks up the slack if the other person can’t. Don’t hold it against your partner or kid if they’re having a bad day. We’re all entitled to have an off day. Love each other.”

Latrobe Valley parent

“Let go of gender typical roles and work as a team. Acknowledge each other’s contribution and accept the other won’t do things the same way you do.”

Megan

Advice from the experts

Couples should try to work as a team. Ensuring that both parents get enough sleep and share housework and parenting tasks is important.  Try and be kind to each other, give praise and encouragement and share your successes together.

Better Health Channel

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Raising children as a team means working together.  It is important to come to an agreement on how to approach parenting, shared decision making and providing support to each other. Make shared decisions on things like children’s bedtimes, family nutrition or discipline. If you’re part of a couple, you and your partner should discuss how you will share the job of managing your house, including things like managing paperwork and bills, chores and earning an income. Everyone deserves to have time to do the things they enjoy.

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Advice from Latrobe Valley families

“Share the load. Be understanding. Get involved. If your wife breastfeeds and has been up all night, let her nap or make her a coffee”

Latrobe Valley parent

“Trust and support. Being able to pass the responsibility to your partner so you can recharge”

Kristie

“We support each other when the other is struggling with parenting, step in and let them take a step back. Notice what’s happening for you partner and support each other – communicate together!”

Latrobe Valley parent

Advice from the experts

Raising children as a team means working together.  It is important to come to an agreement on how to approach parenting, shared decision making and providing support to each other.

Make shared decisions on things like children’s bedtimes, family nutrition or discipline. If you’re part of a couple, you and your partner should discuss how you will share the job of managing your house, including things like managing paperwork and bills, chores and earning an income. Everyone deserves to have time to do the things they enjoy.

raisingchildren.net.au

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There are 3 kinds of support that can really benefit parents – practical support, emotional or personal support, and information or advice. Getting support for parenting and raising children is important for looking after yourself. All parents can benefit from both informal and formal support from others. Seeking and accepting support is good for both children and parents.

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Advice from Latrobe Valley families

“Find a group of other parents with kids in the same stages of growth as yours and be honest with each other about what you struggle with and what has been great. Not everyone will reciprocate, but it will help them to understand that they’re not alone.”

Latrobe Valley parent

“It takes a community, make sure you surround yourself with people who support you and community services as well”

Natasha

“Join play groups, kindergarten and primary school committees. Become a committee member of local sport clubs”

Latrobe Valley parent

Advice from the experts

Develop a support system of friends, family and/or health professionals, including parent groups and local resources, like crèches and playgroups.   A great way to support your emotional health and wellbeing is by having a network of people around you. This could include family, friends, parent groups, playgroups or health professionals.

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