Local parents want to learn more about talking with their kids, handling behaviours and the safe and appropriate use of technology.
Those were just some of the findings when the Huron County Health Unit surveyed over 600 parents and caregivers of children ages 0 to 17 years old.
“The most common parenting issues identified were dealing with difficult behaviours, discipline, and time management,” says Public Health Nurse Amy Leduc. “Parents were most interested in topics such as the safe and appropriate use of technology, coping with behaviours, and communicating with their child.”
In response to the parenting survey information, the Health Unit is focusing on those topics and re-launching its HIP (Helpful Information for Parents) newsletters in an electronic format. Most parents indicated that they preferred to receive parenting information from the internet, through social media or from a newsletter.
“HIP: Kindergarten to Grade 6” shares expert advice and information for parents of school age children while “HIP: Grade 7 – 12” is for parents of “tweens” and teenagers.
Interested parents and caregivers can sign up at www.huronhealthunit.ca. For the month of February, new subscribers could also win one of four $25 grocery cards.
A copy of the parenting survey can be found at www.huronhealthunit.ca/reports.