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Becoming a parent and forming a family does not come with an instruction manual for all the things you will face. It is one of the most important and difficult things you can do. It is also one of the most rewarding. To raise a child and have family is a huge responsibility which is usually taken for granted. Of course, we want our children to become healthy, happy, well-adjusted, successful, honest, caring, responsible adults! And we want our families to be safe, fulfilled and connected. But this is a lot to ask.

On this page you will find a range of information resources to help on the following topics (please access the other resources pages for more information on parenting, families, childhood development and more).

Family Wellbeing Safe Families Now You are a Parent Being a Dad
Getting Support Jarjums Living with Grandparents Grandparents

Family Wellbeing

Family Wellbeing Murwillumbah PDF fileWhen children live in a healthy family they get a great start in life. Healthy families care for everyone’s physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Basically, healthy living means we can live longer, be happier and spend less time at the doctor! Families can do things that keep people as healthy as possible.

← Open this information resource to find out more about how to be a healthy family, why it is important that Jarjums learn healthy habits, and a range of tips for healthy living.

Safe Families

Safe Families Murwillumbah PDF fileFeeling loved, safe and secure is very important for our children. It helps them to develop, learn and thrive in life. Everyone in the family needs respect and kindness, loving care, and people to look out for them and help them. In a safe, loving home everyone is happier and healthier, babies develop better, and children can learn better at school. Everyone has the right to feel safe.

← Open this information resource to find out more about safe families, violence in families, and what to do if you’re not feeling safe.

Now You are a Parent

Now You are a Parent Murwillumbah PDF fileHaving a baby changes your life – especially when it’s your first! You now have someone else to think of and to love. You will watch them grow and feel love, happiness and pride. If you have worries there are lots of places that can help. In our culture aunties, uncles, grandparents and others in the family often help raise our babies. Close respected and responsible community members can also help. They pass on knowledge, and support new mums and dads.

← Open this information resource to find out more about being a parent, things that can help new parents, and what babies need.

Being a Dad

Being a Dad Murwillumbah PDF fileDads are very important in children’s lives. When dads spend time talking and playing with children it benefits everyone in the family. However you were brought up, you can be the kind of dad you want to be for your children. When you are a dad, the most important thing you can give children is your love.

← Open this information resource to find out more about being a dad and how to get the right support if you need it.

Getting Support

Getting Support Murwillumbah PDF fileAs a parent it’s good to know about services available in your area. They can give you some help when you need it. Try both mainstream and Aboriginal services. Ask if they have Aboriginal workers, if you prefer. There are lots of services available, so keep trying until you find one that’s right for you!

← Open this information resource to find out more about the importance of getting support when you need it, what your rights and responsibilities are, and details regarding Aboriginal services.

Jarjums Living with Grandparents

Jarjums Living with Grandparents Murwillumbah PDF fileIt is normal in our culture for children to spend lots of time with grandparents. Sometimes grandparents become ‘parents’ again when their grandchildren or ‘grannies’ come to live with them for periods of time. This can happen for lots of reasons and grandparents usually say ‘Yes’ no matter what it takes. Living together can be good for children and grandparents too!

← Open this information resource to find out more about what it means for children to live with their grandparents, things that can help children in this situation, and things that can help grandparents.


Grandparents Murwillumbah PDF fileGrandparents are very important to children. They give lots of love and
are a precious link with family, culture and the past. It is natural for children to spend time with grandparents. Grandparents can give children love and a place where they feel safe and secure, and a sense of belonging to family, culture and community.

← Open this information resource to find out more about what grandparents can do for their grandchildren, relationships with their parents and other important information about being the best grandparent you can be.

Strong Jarjums Jarjum’s Wellbeing Raising Strong Jarjums
Grief & Loss Teenagers Role Models

Strong Jarjums

Strong Jarjums PDF fileWe all want our babies to grow up strong and healthy. Knowing what babies need can help you give them the best start in life. The first weeks and months of life are really important for babies. Happy, healthy babies get off to a good start in life. most important thing to remember is that when babies feel loved, they learn to love you too!

← Open this information resource to find out more about what babies need, some tips about safe sleeping, and ways to look after yourself as well.

Jarjum’s Wellbeing

Jarjum's Wellbeing PDF fileWhen children feel loved, safe and secure, they feel good about themselves, and can learn and develop to their best. Teaching our children about culture and identity is so important because it builds a strong foundation for their future. The best thing you can give your child, though, is your love

← Open this information resource to find out more about how you will know if your child is doing well, what helps their wellbeing, and when you should get extra help.

Raising Strong Jarjums

Raising Strong Jarjums PDF fileAll children face upsets and challenges in life, and each child reacts differently. Some are naturally more resilient and able to deal with things and bounce back –others need more help. Children grow up strong when they feel loved and connected to family and culture. When they are happy, healthy and confident they are better able to deal with life’s ups and downs.

← Open this information resource to find out more about how to help your children do the best in life, things to help them be strong, what causes stress and trauma, and what you can do to help.

Grief & Loss

Grief & Loss PDF fileOur families and communities are dealing with grief a lot of the time. When we feel overwhelmed with sadness we can forget that our children are grieving too. Children need our help to deal with their feelings and to make sense of it all. In times of grief we can come together and find strength in culture and community.

← Open this information resource to find out more about grief and loss for both adults and children, how to manage grief and loss, and what ‘healthy’grieving is.


Teenagers PDF fileThe teenage years can be an exciting time of change for children. It can be a rollercoaster as they experiment, learn new things and work out who they are and their place in the world. A loving family can help teenagers deal with the ups and downs of life.

← Open this information resource to find out more about how to help your children through the teenage years, teenage behaviour, and what to do if there is too much anger in your teenager.

Role Models

Role Models PDF fileChildren need role models to look up to and inspire them in life. Parents and family members are children’s first role models, whether they realise it or not. Our children have what it takes to achieve great success in life. Good role models can help them get there!

← Open this information resource to find out more about being a role model and finding a good mentor for your kids.