KAWARTHA LAKES: While parenting can seem like a thankless job at times, a global awareness day is helping people better appreciate the critical role parents play in healthy child development.
The United Nations has designated June 1st as the Global Day of Parents. Ahead of it, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is promoting resources to support local parents.
“Parenting can be very challenging and doesn’t come with a how-to manual. At the same time, it can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling,” says Tammy Thomson, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “As parents, we’re our child’s most important connection to the world. We play an essential role in child development, including a healthy brain, through interaction, positive discipline, play and support.”
The Health Unit encourages local parents to check out these supports:
The Best Start Resource Centre (http://en.beststart.org/for_parents) provides multi-media resources for parents thinking about having a baby, expecting a baby or raising young children.
The Children See Children Learn website (www.childrenseechildrenlearn.ca) offers positive ways for parents to guide their child towards good behaviour.
Caring for Kids (www.caringforkids.cps.ca) is a web portal, developed by Canadian paediatricians, featuring a variety of parenting tips and information.
Parents can also call the Health Unit, at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5003, to speak to a Public Health Nurse to get more assistance and links to resources in their community. They can also go to www.hkpr.on.ca or get advice and support by visiting the HKPR Healthy Families Facebook page at the following address, (www.facebook.com/HKPRHealthyFamilies).
According to the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS), the parent-child relationship affects how children learn to speak, think, behave and express emotion. Parental involvement can also help children enjoy increased self-esteem, positive self-image, improved behaviour in school, and more success in school and beyond.
“Nurturing and supporting children from a young age is essential,” Thomson notes. “The Global Day of Parents is timely, to recognize the selfless commitment of parents and promote resources that can help them be even better caregivers for their children.”
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