Meet Queensland parents and carers Caroline, Al and Danny as they share their experiences of raising children and how expectations don't always align with reality. They talk about the highs, the lows, the challenges and the joys of parenting, and how learning and growth is inevitable.
Families are First
Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and how generations of thriving children were raised.
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Yarn Up cards
Positive reflections and advice encouraging cultural identity and recognition of family strengths.
QLD Families Say
QFCC and Parentline have created a suite of resources to help Queensland parents on their parenting journey. You'll hear from a range of parents about their parenting journey and how you can overcome the everyday challenges of parenting.
Parents as a child’s first teacher
You may not have the degree on the wall, or the HECs bill to prove it, but guess what? You are actually your child’s first (and most important) teacher! Yes, I’m looking at you! Children are parrots; they mimic our words and phrases, our mannerisms and behaviours, even our intonation. Without realising it, you have been playing the role of teacher for years before they’ve stepped foot in a classroom.
Checking in when they check out
Your friend hasn’t been in touch for more than a fortnight. They usually call every couple of days, or text at least. Hardly a week goes by without organising a playdate for the kids or a yarn over coffee. The last time you caught up, they looked pretty tired, and not the normal kind of parent tired but outright exhausted. Come to think of it, they were unusually short with their kids too.
When emotions get the better of you
You’re home after a long day at work. You’re tired, but there’s dinner to prepare, then tomorrow’s school lunches to pack, the kitchen to tidy, and folding to finish. And there’s a lack of helping hands to lessen the load. You collect odd socks and toys on the way to the bathroom then stumble over a growing pile of wet towels. You clench your teeth and feel the frustration build within you—are you the only person in the house who puts things away?