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- Parenting is one of the most important things you will ever do.Don't cope alone.
- Manyparents have concerns about parenting.
Parenting is one of the most important tasks we undertake. It doesn't always come naturally, though; parenting takes practice and patience. There are a range of support services to help parents.
Parenting services help families to raise happy, healthy children. They are available to parents with children aged 0 to 18 years. These support services are widely used by large numbers of parents.
Parentline is a telephone information, counselling and referral service. The service is available to parents of children of all ages - from birth to 18 years of age. Parentline operates between 8 am and midnight, seven days a week, call .
Parentline helps with everyday questions and concerns such as:
- Resolving family conflict
- Discipline issues
- Sleeping problems
- Improving family relationships.
Finding a Maternal and Child Health Service
Early parenting centres
Early parenting centres:
- Provide free support for Victorian families with children aged from 0 to 4 years
- Work in partnership with families to enhance parent-child relationships and support parents with strategies for achieving their parenting goals
- Often help families in areas such as sleep and settling, child behaviour, child learning and development, and parent and child health and wellbeing
- Call the Maternal and Child Health Line on (24/7) or visit the page for more information
Family Intervention Services
Regional Parenting Resource Services
Regional Parenting Resource Services provide parenting support, education and advice. They help parents develop their skills and coping abilities and improve their relationships with their children.
Help to manage behavioural problems
The types of behavioural problems that parenting services can help you with include:
- Challenging behaviour and parental stress
- Setting limits
- Fighting among siblings
- Disagreement between parents over the management of their children
- Violence in the home.
Help with other parenting issues
Other issues that parenting services can help you with include:
- Children with a chronic illness or disability
- Changes in such as divorce
- between parents and their children
- Contact with other
Many community agencies run parenting groups
Places where you may find parenting groups include:
- Maternal and child health centres
- Neighbourhood houses
- Community health centres.