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Surviving School Holidays


by Professor Matt Sanders

Matt Sanders is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and the founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program. His home base is in Brisbane, where he is Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre, University of Queensland.

Over four decades, Professor Sanders has built a highly regarded international reputation for conducting outstanding research and translating it into practical programs which address childhood behaviour problems and promote stronger families. Professor Sanders’ Triple P parenting system has now helped approximately 4 million children and their families. It is used in more than 25 countries and has been translated into 21 languages other than English.

Professor Matt Sanders shares his tips on surviving school holidays.

Although school holidays are a great time to relax and rejuvenate, if you’re at home with children for weeks on end, it can get stressful. Here are Matt’s top five school holiday tips.

  • Set ground rules for screen time, such as turn-taking and time limits. Although it’s okay for children to have a little more TV or computer time during the holidays, it’s important to balance indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Plan activities with your kids that they can look forward to. Make a list of free activities, things to do at home, and outings within your budget. Put the list on the fridge and refer kids to the “activities at home” section when you hear “I’m bored” or “Can’t I go on the computer?”
  • Organise and discuss a holiday budget. It’s important for children to understand that you don’t have a bottomless pit of money and that you don’t need lots of money to have fun.
  • Don’t fall into the trap of having to be a “full-time entertainer.” Children need to learn to find themselves interesting things to do in a safe environment. Depending on your child’s age, you may need to help them start an activity but don’t take it over. Show an interest when your child is busy, not just when they’re bored and seeking an audience.
  • Set aside some child-free time for yourself. If our own needs as adults are neglected, it’s much more difficult to be calm, patient, and consistent with our children. So set up a play-date at a friend’s house or enlist the help of relatives to give you a break.

Every Family is helping families in your area and offering FREE Triple P Positive Parenting Programs

The next session at Health Hub Morayfield is ‘The Power of Positive Parenting” Seminar at 6:30pm on the 23rd of July

Book at www.triplep-parenting.net

For more information call 0438 937 663 or email everyfamily@uq.edu.au

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