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Download the Play Your Part factsheet for parents.[/stm_icon_box][stm_spacer height=”30″ height_tablet=”30″ height_mobile=”15″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row shadow_x_offset=”0″ shadow_y_offset=”0″ shadow_blur=”0″ shadow_spread=”0″ shadow_color=”” css=”.vc_custom_1531109853755{padding-top: 35px !important;}”][vc_column][stm_icon_box icon=”stmicon-bon-quote” icon_width=”75″ min_height=”220″ style=”style_14″ title=”GRACE & JEREMY” css=”.vc_custom_1531374996359{margin-top: 20px !important;margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”]WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO “PLAY YOUR PART” TO PROTECT AND CARE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY:


Being a parent is one of the best things that happened to us. But it also means a lot of things change; now we are responsible for our own little person!

We try to make our house a safe and fun place for our girl to grow up in by playing, reading, dancing, drawing and laughing heaps and eating lots of different healthy and yummy food. As parents, we want the best for her and understanding that our behaviour affects her and shapes her future life, has been a great learning experience for us. We know that there will also be hard times when our daughter will cry and feel sad sometimes, but that is a part of life and we will listen, sit with her and hug her to make sure she knows she is loved.

Sometimes it can be hard balancing work, study and parenting and it gets frustrating and tiring but we made a decision not to smack our daughter because its normally comes from a place of anger and instead we try and set firm boundaries and look at other ways to teach her the right way to do things.[/stm_icon_box][stm_icon_box icon=”stmicon-bon-quote” icon_width=”75″ min_height=”220″ style=”style_14″ title=”ALEXANDRA BENNETT” css=”.vc_custom_1531375015531{margin-top: 20px !important;margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”]WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO “PLAY YOUR PART” TO PROTECT AND CARE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY:


As a mother of two small children I know too well how demanding being a parent can be at times. I am a big believer in the notion that it takes a village to raise a child so I built a village around me. I think it is important to be honest to other parents about the weaknesses we all sometimes have and the challenges we face as that makes them more likely to share their own and ask for help. Sometimes it is enough to have someone to talk to, but other times you need more practical help. I have looked after my friends’ children on numerous occasions when their parents had appointments or the like. Or when I know that they are very busy, like after the birth of a child, I bring a meal over or offer to do some shopping for them. If you support a parent you help a child.[/stm_icon_box][stm_icon_box icon=”stmicon-bon-quote” icon_width=”75″ min_height=”220″ style=”style_14″ title=”GUYLEEN” css=”.vc_custom_1531375033993{margin-top: 20px !important;margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”]WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO “PLAY YOUR PART” TO PROTECT AND CARE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY:


Growing up as an Aboriginal woman, I know what some of the struggles and hardships of life are out there. I don’t want my children growing up around some of the hard stuff I did, so I try to surround them with lots of positive things and practice strong family bonds. Both Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people teach them about the great things of their culture. We go to Aboriginal play groups and the medical centre, because it has been a really supportive and accepting place to talk at and meet new mums. It is nice to just sit around and have a laugh with other mums as well; I used to go there as a baby and the ladies, who work at the medical centre, remember me as well. Seeing my daughter learning and growing up and knowing I had something to do with that is amazing and when she looks at me and smiles it makes me feel so happy.[/stm_icon_box][stm_button button_pos=”left” button_icon_pos=”left” button_icon=”stmicon-portfolio_prev” button_icon_size=”20″ link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.napcan.org.au%2Fget-involved-friends-family%2F|title:Back%20to%20Get%20Involved%20-%20Friends%2FFamily||”][/vc_column][/vc_row]