FAMILY: Hemi Upkett, Andrew Taylor, Courtney Hancock and Matilda Taylor will be involved with the program.
FAMILY: Hemi Upkett, Andrew Taylor, Courtney Hancock and Matilda Taylor will be involved with the program. Rob Williams

Help for parents to make positive decisions

A campaign to make positive parenting a priority in Ipswich will be launched today by global parenting expert and Triple P - Positive Parenting Program founder Professor Matt Sanders.

Professor Sanders, who is also Director of The University of Queensland's Parenting and Family Support Centre said Ipswich is one of three locations chosen to be part of UQ's seven-year Every Family trial.

Under the trial, a coordinator will work with local organisations and businesses to create opportunities for parents across the whole community to build on their parenting skills by doing a Triple P program. Triple P is free and available online, in seminar or group form and through one-on-one sessions.

Acting Ipswich Mayor Cr Paul Tully urged families to take advantage of the free support available.

"Ipswich City Council is right behind this initiative because we believe it will deliver significant benefits to residents and make Ipswich an even better, safer and more family-friendly place to live," he said.

Professor Sanders said children raised in a positive parenting environment perform better at school, make friends more easily and are less likely to have emotional and behavioural problems as they age.

"Parents who do Triple P also report lower levels of stress and depression, so there are wider benefits than just improving child behaviour," he said.

Professor Sanders said in his experience most parents want to be 'good' parents, but not every parent knows how to achieve this on a day-to-day basis.

"This is where Triple P can help because parents learn simple, common-sense parenting strategies which have been proven to work in most families, across most cultures and in most situations," he said.

Professor Sanders said the trial will open up a conversation in Ipswich about what a healthy, nurturing home and community environment looks like.

"All of us want the next generation of children to grow up to be respectful, resilient and responsible adults but it's up to all of us to make sure our parenting skills are up to the challenge," he said.



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