Thank you for Supporting Parenting Week 2018!
This year's Parenting Week was bigger than ever before! It really is our favourite week of the year, we love getting out to meet with you all and have some fun celebrating the amazing role that parents play in their children's lives across Northern Ireland.
A massive thank you to everyone who got involved! Whether you came to a family fun day, held your own event, celebrated in your school or used our resources with your children, thank you so much!
We're looking forward to doing it all over again next year! Parenting Week 2019 will run from Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October.
We've left some of the activities here from Parenting Week 2018 so you can still download them and use them with your children to help strengthen your relationship and improve communication.
It's important that your child knows that you love them throughout all stages of their life. Knowing that you love them unconditionally will make children feel valued and make them more likely to open up to you. You can also show your child that you love them through listening, you body language (warm expressions, smiling, eye contact) and hugging them.
As well as being an enjoyable thing to do together and get you chatting around the table, eating together as a family is also associated with healthier eating habits! You could also try cooking a meal together with your children. Encouraging your child to help prepare a meal is not only a great way to spend quality time together but it's a sensory learning experience that aids your child's development.
Play is so important to children's development. Young children can develop many skills through the power of play. As well as it being fun and helping you develop your relationship with your child, it can help children's language skills, emotions, creativity and social skills.
One on one time with each of your children is great for strengthening your bond with them. There are lots of benefits to individual time with your children including the possibility of cutting back on attention seeking behaviour, building their self-esteem as well as being a way of communicating that you value them.
Some ways to spend one on one time with your kids...
1. Go on a walk together
2. Join them for one of their interests e.g. sports or dance
3. Read books together
4. Play their favourite game with them
Positive communication is about taking the time to listen to each other and being open in expressing your feelings and thoughts. When you have positive communication in your family, it helps everybody feel understood, respected and valued, and this strengthens your relationships.
You can follow all things related to the week on the hashtag #ParentingWeek!