Parenting tips: Embracing NAIDOC Week

Published 8:00am 7 July 2024

Parenting tips: Embracing NAIDOC Week
Words by Moreton Daily
Written by Triple P – Positive Parenting Program


With NAIDOC Week (July 7-14) celebrations underway, the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is encouraging families to acknowledge the incredible history, achievements, and culture of First Nations people and embrace this year’s theme: 'Keep the fire burning! Blak, Loud and Proud'.

NAIDOC Week is a great time for children and young people to learn more about First Nations people’s history, language, and culture and how they can be champions for change.

Parents and carers are their child’s first teachers and have the unique ability to help them engage in reconciliation while gaining a better understanding of the oldest, continuous living cultures in the world. 

 Children may have questions about NAIDOC Week, so this is a good time to truly listen to kids when they come to you.

Encourage children to share what they already know, along with stories or songs that give a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander history and culture or discuss the significance of the week and the vital role it plays for First Nations people.

Kids are likely to be learning this at school and will be happy to tell you what they’ve discovered.

 Spending quality moments together is also an effective way for parents and carers to build strong, deadly connections with their kids. For example, when your child comes to you, stop what you are doing and listen, even if it’s just for a minute or so, have a yarn with your child, and connect in a meaningful way.

This small change can make a big difference to their self-esteem and confidence and strengthen their social and emotional wellbeing.

Triple P’s free online support helps families across Australia to raise happy, confident children. Learn more at triplep-parenting.net.au

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