NAIDOC Week: the perfect time to teach kids about First Nations’ perspectives
With NAIDOC Week (3-10 July) celebrations underway, Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is encouraging families to acknowledge the incredible history, achievements, and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and embrace this year’s theme: ‘Get up! Stand up! Show up!’
Triple P’s Indigenous Implementation Consultant, Michell Forster, said that NAIDOC Week is a great time for children and young people to learn more about First Nations Peoples’ histories, language, and culture and how they can be a champion for change.
“Parents and carers are their child’s first teachers, and as such have the ability to help children and young people engage in reconciliation and gain a better understanding of the oldest, continuous living cultures in the world,” Ms Forster said.
“As children’s best role models, parents and carers can demonstrate how to get up and show up for change by using easy, simple strategies that the Triple P program promotes - lead by your positive actions and words,” she said.
“Children may have questions about NAIDOC Week, so this is a good time to truly listen to your kids when they come to you. Spend some quality time talking about the significance of the week and the important role it plays for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
“Ask children what they already know and share stories or songs that give a deeper understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture; they should be learning this at school and have knowledge to share with you.
“Use this time to come together as a family and attend one of the many family-friendly NAIDOC events and activities in your community or check out the NAIDOC website for more resources,“ she said.
“Triple P supports families to build better relationships with your children from an early age which has a lasting benefit into their teenage years and adulthood,” Ms Forster said.
Delivery of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program to parents and carers of children in Australia is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care under the Parenting Education and Support Program. Parents and carers can access free, online parenting support 24/7 at www.triplep-parenting.net.au
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