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Being a parent is a role that can bring you great joy and happiness as well as challenges to deal with. Nurturing your child and watching them grow and develop into their own unique person can add meaning and purpose to your life. An important part of parenting is looking after yourself so you can be your best for your children and family.

There are many different ways to be a parent. For the most part the law allows parents to bring up children according to their own values and beliefs as long as children’s welfare is taken care of. The most important thing is that children have the warmth, love and care they need for their wellbeing and development.

Parents can help children achieve their best and prepare for adult life by:

  • building their confidence and resilience
  • providing opportunities to learn and explore
  • providing safe boundaries and guidance
  • helping children learn to get along with others.

Each child is a unique individual with their own temperament and qualities. Parents need to be flexible and adapt their parenting to meet their child’s needs.

Being a parent can change you as a person. While all parents bring strengths and skills to their parenting, many find they grow and learn ‘on the job’, just as children grow and learn. They come to understand more about children and what they need at each stage of their development. Parents can also learn a lot about themselves and what helps them be their best as a parent.

To read more

Parenting SA - . Parenting SA is a partnership between the Department for Education and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.

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Want more information?

1800 Respect Phone 1800 737 732, 24 hours National family violence service

Parent Helpline (South Australia) Phone 1300 364 100 For advice on child health and parenting

Child and Family Health Service (South Australia) (CaFHS)Phone 1300 733 606, 9am-4.30pm, Mon-Fri for an appointment.

Beyond Blue Phone 1300 22 4636 Phone and online support for anyone affected by anxiety or depression. You don’t need a diagnosis to call

Raising Children Network For parenting information

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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