Parenting Week

Why is it important to celebrate parenting?

Parents have an incredibly special role to play within our society - they are raising our future generation. Whilst most people would agree that this is an important and at times difficult job, often the expectations the society place on parents can make their job much more challenging.

Parenting has changed over the generations. In our grandparents generation stress was generally about providing for children’s practical needs e.g. food and clothing. Today, parent’s stress may be caused by these practical needs but also around expectations and “getting parenting right”. Parents are facing new challenges as technology develops and the influence of social media.

2020 has been a challenging year for us all! We wanted Parenting Week 2020 to acknowledge how difficult this has year has been, while celebrating the incredible work parents do every day. We hope to celebrate the positive moments that lockdown has brought and reflect on the importance of family and fostering strong relationships with your children.

Parenting NI has a vision of a future where parenting is highly valued and so we believe it's important to take Parenting Week to recognise the important role parents have to play in children's lives and highlight the amazing job they do every day.

Top Tips

Check out a selection of our Top Tips we have picked to celebrate Parenting Week this year that give some quick advice on how to deal with those parenting issues we all struggle with from time to time! If you would like further support or information on any of the topics below or any parenting issue please contact our free Support Line on 0808 8010 722.

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Get Involved

We love to see as many parents, schools and organisations getting involved during Parenting Week as possible. Download our resources below or contact Catherine at catherine@parentingni.org to receive a full activity pack with printable resources and shareable social media content tailored for you or your organisation. Don't forget to upload your efforts to social media using the #parentingweek hashtag!

Virtual Coffee Morning

We'll be hosting a virtual coffee morning on zoom during Parenting Week! Why not join us on Thursday 22nd October at 10am and chat to our incredible team about the latest parenting issues. Contact Catherine at catherine@parentingni.org to sign up. 

Want to host a coffee morning with your own organisation which we can join? To invite us to join your offee morning please contact Catherine at catherine@parentingni.org

Free online Mindfulness workshop delivered by Aware

Join us on Wednesday 21st of October from 7 - 9pm for a relaxing, restful Mindfulness workshop delivered by Aware to celebrate Parenting Week! Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. Let your worries melt away with this free workshop delivered by Aware.

Sign up via the Eventbrite ticket link to receive your online link for the event: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-online-mindfulness-session-tickets-123350124543

Teen Events with Dr. John Coleman

Join Dr. John Coleman for three events all addressing issues with teenagers.  

For more info on Parents with Teenagers affected by Covid-19 (Parents Event) click here: https://www.parentingni.org/programme/parents-teenagers-affected-by-covid-19/

For more info on The Teenage Brain (Parents Event) click here: https://www.parentingni.org/programme/the-teenage-brain/

For more info on The Teenage Brain (Practitioners Event) click here: https://www.parentingni.org/programme/the-teenage-brain-practitioner-event/

Resources

Check out and download all our resources available below which include activity sheets, pledges, a Celebrating Parenting Week session and much more. Remember to share your finished activities on social media using the #parentingweek hashtag, so we can see all of your fantastic work! Download resources from the tabs below: 

Child Gift Certificate

Print out for your child to gift you a chore as thanks for your incredible parenting year round!

Activity Booklet

This activity booklet has lots of activities and ideas to connect in the classroom or at home with your children. 

Activity Booklet

This activity booklet has lots of activities and ideas to connect in the classroom or at home with your children. 

Praise Sheet

Why not use these different ideas for praise during Parenting Week? Learn different ways to praise your child in a healthy manner. 

Social Media Post

Share this Parenting Week graphic on your social media & show all of your friends, family and followers that you supporting  Parents in NI! #parentingweek

Picture Cards Activity

Use these picture cards in the classroom or at home to encourage good listening habits. 

Parents Promise Pledge

Print out this pledge at home, fill it in and share on your social media with our hashtag #parentingweek

Celebrating Parenting Session

This Celebrating Parenting Session has a wide range of information on how to promote resilience & manage change for all age groups. 

Conversation Starters

Try out some of these conversation starter suggestions with your children. Conversation with your child helps to build strong bonds within your family. 

Parenting Week Pledge

Print this pledge out and take a photo with it, then share on your social media with the #parentingweek hashtag to show your support for parents in NI!