Bernie Whiting, Jodi Pike, Tracey McDonnell, Louise McDonald and Kerry Irwin at the Triple P seminar.
Bernie Whiting, Jodi Pike, Tracey McDonnell, Louise McDonald and Kerry Irwin at the Triple P seminar.

Positive parenting beats negatives

PARENTS had the opportunity to have some important questions answered when the Triple P Positive Parenting Program hosted two seminars at Bush Children’s in Emerald.

Bernie Whiting and Kerry Irwin, from Townsville’s Child Youth and Family Services, provided information about how to help children after natural disasters, such as the floods and cyclones.

“We are here to provide some support for parents who are concerned for their children and also to normalise what their children are experiencing,” Bernie said.

“Most children do recover naturally and there is help out there for the ones who aren’t recovering naturally.”

About 11 parents attended the seminars, where Bernie and Kerry spoke about social and emotional reactions of children, the natural course of children’s responses, managing children’s emotions, answering children’s questions and why some children were affected worse than others.

Bernie said it was a good idea to allow children to be upset following a natural disaster, but they needed to know things were going to be okay.

“Make it clear the danger is now over,” she said. Kerry said quite often other kids were the cause of children becoming worried or scared.

“Kids tell stories to each other and can really frighten each other, that’s why it’s a good idea to ask your child where their information and questions are coming from,” she said.

Bernie and Kerry said it would have been good to see more parents at the event.


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