Parents’ Week

Parents' Week 2017 : Every Child is a STAR

Every October, we celebrate Parents' Week to highlight the important role parents play in their children's lives. This year the theme is "Every Child is a Star" and will take place between the 23rd - 27th October. The campaign will focus on four key elements:

Strength

Providing parents with support to strengthen relationships

Talk

Encouraging parents to be more confident in talking about feelings & emotions

Awareness

Raising awareness of the importance of resilience

Resilience

Giving parents the tools to help build their children's resilience

What is Resilience?

Resilience is being able to ‘bounce back’ from difficult times, setbacks, and other significant challenges. It includes being able to deal effectively with pressure, and get through tough times with good outcomes.

Why are we focusing on Resilience?

Resilience is important for children in order to deal with the increasing levels of pressure and stress put upon them by modern life, including traumatic events such as parental separation and depression. 

In general, Northern Ireland tends to suffer more mental health issues than the rest of the UK, relating to the past as well as poverty. Northern Ireland has 25% overall higher prevalence of mental ill health than England. This impacts significantly on not only children's ability to be resilient, but also their parents.

Stats below taken from findings of National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers Survey, 2017

98%

of teachers have come into contact with pupils they believe are experiencing mental health issues.

91%

knew of pupils experiencing anxiety or panic attacks, 79% depression, 64% self-harm and 49% eating disorders.

35%

had experienced these behaviours in pupils aged between 7 and 11 and 18% in pupils aged between 4 and 7.

The aims of Parents' Week are to raise awareness of the importance of resilience, to provide parents with the support to strengthen relationships, encourage parents to be more confident when talking to their children about feelings and emotions, and give parents the tools to build their children's resilience.

There are a number of ways in which you can get involved with Parents' Week:

- Host an event in your school, youth club, organisation or workplace for parents.

- Invite local organisations to an information event to make parents aware of the support for families in the area.

- Put on a 'Go Purple' fundraiser in your school or workplace and staff or pupils wear something purple for £1 in aid of Parenting NI.

- Bring Parents' Week to the classroom or youth club with our lesson guide packed with activities to help children learn about  emotions and resilience.

- Use our PowerPoint presentation to talk to parents about the importance of building resilience in children.

- Download our pledge cards and say why your child is a star or have your child say why they think they are a star and use this exercise as a way of saying something positive / praise your child. You can take a picture with them and tag us on social media.

- Share posts about Parents' Week on our social media pages. We'll be sharing tips and information throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter. You can use the hashtag #ParentsWeek when posting or to follow everything we're up to.

Download the materials