Queensland parents urged to put 'emotional wellbeing' on back-to-school checklist

20 January 2021

With the start of the school year just a week away, Triple P parenting experts are urging Queensland parents to ensure ‘emotional wellbeing’ is on the back-to-school checklist.

Triple P International Country Director, Carol Markie-Dadds, said the extraordinary stress of 2020 had affected families in different ways.

“We know that the pandemic has taken an emotional toll on Queensland’s children and young people.

“2020 was a year unlike any other, so it’s important for parents to support children to cope emotionally as they enter their new school classroom,” Ms Markie-Dadds said.

“We strongly encourage families to take the time now to re-establish stability and routines ahead of the new school year, and focus on quality family time.”

Triple P’s Top 10 Tips for Emotional Wellbeing

  1. Help your child make good choices so they are prepared for a new school environment and can respond to peer pressure
  2. Take care of yourself the best you can
  3. Make sure your child knows you are ready to talk
  4. Show you are listening
  5. Be truthful in answering children’s questions
  6. Set and maintain routines
  7. Take notice of behaviour you like - use praise and positive attention to encourage it
  8. Help children learn to tolerate uncertainty
  9. Reach out and stay connected
  10. Focus on quality family time.

“Whether you have a child starting school, going off to high school, or anywhere in between, helping children manage their emotions and build resilience will set them up for a successful school year,” Ms Markie-Dadds said.

Triple P parenting support is free for families in Queensland through a State Government initiative.

“We urge parents to seek help rather than going it alone. Our research of parents found that child behaviour problems and emotional distress were up 23 per cent and 70 per cent respectively when compared with the pre-COVID-19 period. Free and highly effective help is available now.

“Queensland parents who complete a Triple P program learn practical skills for building their child’s resilience and emotional wellbeing,” Ms Markie-Dadds said.

To register for free Triple P Online or Triple P seminars and sessions, visit www.triplep-parenting.net

MEDIA CONTACT: Bernadette Smon, Triple P PR Manager, 0478 495 457