New figures show Queensland mothers continue to shoulder the lion’s share of parenting responsibilities, despite a record 47 per cent participation rate in the paid workforce.
In the lead-up to Mother’s Day on May 14, a massive 80.9 per cent of parents taking advantage of the free parenting support now available in Queensland through the Triple P — Positive Parenting Program are female.
International parenting expert and Triple P founder Professor Matt Sanders said the best present a mother could receive on Mother’s Day was for her partner to sign up to do Triple P, which could be as easy as attending a free 90-minute seminar.
“Research shows improvements in child behaviour are more likely to be maintained over time when the adults responsible for raising children do a parenting program and learn to work together as a team, which will also help reduce parent stress,” Professor Sanders said.
“Whether that involves parents, step-parents, grandparents, carers or guardians working together, the routines and boundaries put in place to guide and support children’s development need to be consistent to be effective."
Professor Sanders said the State Government’s decision to give families easy access to evidence-based parenting support is quietly changing the face of parenting in Queensland, one free session at a time.
Research shows kids who grow up in a positive parenting environment perform better at school, make friends more easily and are less likely to have behaviour or emotional problems as they age.