SummaryRead the full fact sheet
- Parenting is one of the most important things you will ever do. Don't cope alone.
- Many parents 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
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.