Parenting Week

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.

Resources

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.

Activities Booklet

This Activity Booklet is for parents, teachers, youth workers, or anyone working with families, to help you explain each activity & what they are for.

Super Powers Activity

This activity gets children to think about their family's "Super Powers". Encourage them to make a list of the things they like about their family and to share it with everyone.

My Child's Super Powers

Tell us about your child's "Super Powers". Complimenting your child and giving them praise is good for their self-esteem and helps build your relationship. You can share them with us on social media if you would like using the hashtag #ParentingWeek.

Conversation Starters

Talking and asking your child questions is a way of learning more about your child. These have been designed so it makes it hard to give just one word answers. Give these a go!

Presentation Template

This presentation template is for teachers or professionals working with families to deliver the key messages of the campaign to parents.

Drawing Activity

This activity is for children to draw their favourite thing they like to do with their family. Get them to think about why it is their favourite. Spending time together can strengthen relationships.

My Children's Super Powers

If you have more than one child, tell us about all of their "Super Powers" to help build their self-esteem & your relationship with them. You can share them with us on social media if you would like using the hashtag #ParentingWeek.

Active Listening

Communicating is much more than just talking, is also about listening. This exercise focuses on talking and listening skills and highlights the importance of listening.

Parenting Week Tasks

This Parenting Week we are giving parents a simple task to complete each day that will help with building parent-child relationships. Check out our Facebook and Twitter page each day for a new task! 

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.

The Department of Education and Playboard NI have developed a range of resources on play for parents with the #PlayMatters campaign. Click on the links below to download each topic.

Play & Challenge
Play & Digital Technology
Playing Outdoors

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.

Check out our tips for improving communication or why not download our conversation starters and use them to find out more about your family.

You can follow all things related to the week on the hashtag #ParentingWeek!