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Parenting Tips

Check out our Parenting Tips every Wednesday afternoon. For more information, call us at 1-800-660-5853.

This Week’s Parenting Tip

Being afraid of something is a common experience for many children. There are lots of ways parents can help their children when they are afraid. Some fears can be dealt with easily, while others may take more time.

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Family Tips

Sometimes we need to remember the good times, especially when going through a rough patch as a parent. What has your child or teenager done that made you feel FABULOUS as a parent?

Today’s families are busier than ever. Work, school, activities, chores and more all demand your time. It’s easy to miss out on spending time with your child. Think about what you can do to connect this week.

Family meals are a great time to talk with your child/teen. Play the game “One thing I enjoyed today…”. Make time for everyone to share.

It’s OK to not be perfect. Celebrate the little things today! For more tips, call 1-800-660-5853, email triplep@healthunit.org or visit www.triplep-parenting.ca. Parenting matters!

Spend some quality family time together out in nature! Explore your neighbourhood. Enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of being outdoors. For more ideas, call 1-800-660-5853 or visit www.triplep-parenting.ca. Parenting matters!

Studies have shown that children who learn how to share are more likely to succeed later in life. So it really does matter. But it may not come naturally. There are many things you can do to encourage sharing. Let your child see you sharing with others. Have your child practice sharing with friends. Praise them when you see them sharing. Every little bit counts! For more ideas, see What if Kids Can’t Bear to Share. For more parenting strategies, call 1-800-660-5853, or email triplep@healthunit.org. Parenting matters!

How you will spend Family Day? Looking for ideas? Check with your local municipality for a calendar of events for this weekend. Visit your local library. It’s a great stop for books, DVDs, museum passes and special events. For parenting tips, call 1-800-660-5853 or visit www.triplep-parenting.ca. Parenting matters!

Take your parenting skills to the next level! From babies through the teenage years, there are parenting tools available. Register for the spring Triple P Parenting session.

Technology/social media, friends, school/homework, money and more can cause conflict between parents and teens. Sometimes the key to dealing with conflict is learning to listen. Stay calm, and listen to what your teen has to say. Try not to react emotionally. This can pave the way to a real conversation, where you both feel like you are being heard. Check out this blog post for more information.

Positive parenting means talking with your teenager about expectations. Be consistent. Praise your teen when they do things you like. Role model positive ways to manage emotions.

Are you feeling like it’s time to start toilet training your child? Wondering if they are ready for it? Looking for tips on making the process go smoothly? Triple P can help you find the answers you are looking for!

“Will you play with me?” Kids love to play, but parents are busy! Even just a few minutes of playing together helps you to share fun time and build stronger relationships. What will you play today?

Realistic Expectations

Want your child or teenager to be their best self? Strong family relationships are important for their success in school and in life. Stay connected!

Positive parenting includes being realistic. Children are not perfect and not all children can do the same things at the same age. Be aware of what your child can and cannot do.

Trouble getting out the door on time? The key is to be organized. Set ground rules. Put a routine in place. It will be much easier if everyone knows what they need to do to get ready.

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. Talk to your child or teen about how they’re feeling. They may need someone to listen.

Families matter! Grade 7/8/9 can be a big change. New challenges. New friends. New worries. Help your youth prepare for these changes. Stay involved!

Positive parenting means being realistic in what you expect. Teenagers are still learning and will make mistakes. That’s OK. Add to their responsibilities as they become more independent.

It’s NOT FAIR! I wanted the BLUE ONE! Not what you want to hear on Christmas Day? How can you help kids learn to be gracious gift-recipients?

Shopping with a child can be fun or a total disaster. It can help to bring activities, keep the trip short, and shop when your child is not hungry or tired.

General Parenting Tips

Positive parenting includes taking care of yourself. When you look after your own needs, you will be calmer. Do something you enjoy and ask for help when you need it. For more tips, call 1-800-660-5853 or visit www.triplep-parenting.ca. Parenting matters!

Is your parenting glass half full or half empty? Seeing the positive in your child or teenager is powerful.

Be aware of the messages you model as a parent. Actively decide to lead by example. Think about what you say and do in front of your children. You are their greatest teacher.

Positive parenting includes setting clear rules and backing them up. Have rules that tell your child what to do. Praise when they are doing things you like. Deal with problems quickly.

Looking to do something inside with your kids? Try building DIY games together.

Tips for Creating a Positive Learning Environment

When your child/teen comes to you, stop what you’re doing and pay attention. Quality time only takes a few minutes throughout the day but has a big impact on their self-esteem.

Problem solving is a skill. How do we teach it to our children? Check out these tips on how to teach kids how to problem solve!

The screen time dilemma. It’s important to set limits as a family. Balance screen time with other activities like playing, reading and talking with friends.

Positive parenting means helping your teenager learn to be independent. Be available. Help your teen problem-solve, instead of fixing things for them. Use praise to encourage your teen.

Communication Tips

How we speak to our children affects how they feel about themselves and how they talk to others. Use words that are encouraging and build them up. Then listen to them encourage others!

When you see your child/teen doing what you’ve asked, praise them for it. Commenting on behaviour that you like will increase the chances that it will happen again!

Connect with your kids each day. Find out how their day went at your family meal time or bedtime. Share something positive from your day.

Parents, are you prepared for the teen years? Every parent needs a helping hand along the way. For tips on parenting teens, call 1-800-660-5853 or sign up for one of our Triple P Teen Seminars.

How well do you listen to your teen? Start a conversation that they are interested in. Listen to their opinions.

Positive parenting includes helping your child learn. When your child needs your help, stop what you are doing. Listen to them. Provide just enough help for them to solve the problem.

Back to School Tips

Take your parenting skills to the next level! From babies through the teenage years, there are parenting tools available. Register for the fall Triple P Parenting sessions.

Back to school already? Want your kids to do well? Here are some things to consider.

Help your children prepare for the new school year. Involve them in picking out items for school. Visit their classroom, meet their teacher and talk with them about what to expect.

Positive parenting means making life safe and engaging for your teenager. Home should feel like a safe place. Help them develop their skills and ideas. Know where your teenager is, who they are with and what they are doing.

Summer Holiday Tips

Looking for a fun activity to do with your child this summer? Join us at the Sprinkler Party in Mississippi Mills on August 15 and Touch a Truck in Brockville on August 24 at St. Lawrence College (2288 Parkedale Avenue) from 10:00am–2:00pm.

Consider a screen-free holiday this summer with the family! Take time to play! Learn more about being screen-free.

Beat the “I’m bored” this summer. Make a bucket list with your kids. Aim for at least half of the ideas to be free! Put the list where all can see it.

Positive parenting includes making life safe and fun for your child. A bored child may get into trouble. Have lots of fun things for them to do. Make sure your home is safe for play.

Get outside this summer as a family! Find time to be active together. Enjoy a bike ride, go to the park or cool off with a swim.