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Support For Families Over The Holidays

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 21/12/15

We all know how vulnerable becoming  a parent can make us feel.  In 2015 thousands mums, dads and children accessed our Day Stay, Residential , In Home, telephone  support and MyTime programs for urgent parenting support.  Getting help early to deal with concerns before they escalate is really important and it is our role to ensure families in crisis feel supported.

The stress of the festive period, whether it be stretching our finances or attending functions can catch up with us.  Our babies and young children can sense when we’re stressed and anxious. It is important to remember to take a breather and make time to just ‘be’ with them.

Make extra time to play, read and listen to your kids. Although it might be difficult, aim not to cram too much into every day. The best gift you can give your children is time.

Babies and toddlers experience increased hype around the holiday period. If you can, we recommend sticking to meal and bed time routines as much as possible.  Routines help a baby make sense of the world.   

Children also love traditions, which can provide a sense of stability, continuity and belonging. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a single parent or a grandparent, involve everyone and invent your own tradition. Make it fun and make it forever.

Earlier this year a volunteer team from West Footscray Bunnings performed a backyard blitz on our outdoor children and family play area. Excited toddlers clamber excitedly on the cubby house calling to their mums and dads.

The babies, toddlers and their parents have been admitted to a Tweddle residential program to provide an urgent therapeutic intervention.  The playground helps the families to connect with their children and for the kids to experience joy. 

Secure attachment comes from everyday, ordinary moments of interaction and connection.  Through simple interactions like reading, touching, playing or talking, babies and young children learn that they are loved and important, building social and emotional skills and self esteem.

If you are lucky enough to be heading off on a holiday be careful of safety hazards and other accommodation hazards that might not reflect  your home environment.  These include using a porta cot, curtain cords, swimming pools, fire escape plans and not leaving your child in a car unattended.   Kidsafevic.com.au provide advice around safety.

Tweddle will be closing for the holiday period between midday on Wednesday 23rd December and will reopen on Monday 11th January. 

Remember that there are a number of support lines available If you need help over the holiday period.  Families can contact the 24 hour Maternal and Child Health line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 13 22 29 and Lifeline on 13 11 14. Dads can also ring Mensline 24 hours a day 7 days a week on 1300 78 99 78.  

From everyone at Tweddle, we wish you and your families a very safe and happy festive period and a 2016 filled with joy and great times with loved ones. 

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