The Positive Parenting tool box

Additional ideas, information and resources

Congratulations on purchasing the Positive Parenting Cards, one of our most reflective and empowering tools for parents and carers.

As anyone who has been a parent or carer knows, parenting can be challenging at times. During these challenging times, parents may feel ashamed to ask for help or may find it hard to discuss the difficulties they are experiencing. They may also lose sight of the strengths, skills and knowledge they already possess, and could draw on when things get tough. That’s where the Positive Parenting Cards can help.

Each of these 40 cards contains a single sentence-starter inviting people to talk about their experiences of being a parent. All the cards include simple and beautiful illustrations of familiar objects—these subtle images can also be used as prompts for conversations.

This resource is perfect for use with groups, families, expectant parents or carers, to help them reflect on the inevitable ups and downs inherent in parenting.

Now that you have the cards, you will be wanting some fresh and innovative ideas for how to incorporate the cards into your work, and perhaps your life.

In this Tool Box, you will find the digital booklet, which contains lots of ideas about how we can support parents to recognise and build on their strengths and experiences, plus loads of activities and suggestions for how to use the cards in different settings. (This can be printed as an A5 hardcopy booklet).

As a BONUS gift to you, we are giving you access to the digital version of the cards! The digital cards are interactive, making them ideal for building rapport and connection. And because they are digital, you can use them anywhere, anytime.

Feel free to browse this page and get inspired by stories from other people on how they’ve used the cards. And don’t forget to explore the range of other supporting materials and information, which is at your fingertips any time you need it.

This Tool Box is exclusively for people who have purchased the cards. We will continue to add resources and ideas so check in regularly to see what’s new!

Positive Parenting booklet

Positive Parenting digital cards

Card hack

Ideas bank

Blog- Positive Parenting

The concept for the Positive Parenting Cards was the brain-child of Lorraine Leitch, a member of the Family Support team at St Luke’s in Bendigo, Victoria (now a division of Anglicare Victoria). Lorraine and her colleagues are frequently talking with parents struggling in different ways with the demands and expectations of their parenting role…Read more

Blog- Five fun, easy tips for parents (and those who support parents) for growing positive relationships with their kids

One of the things that can really help build a parent’s confidence is when they proactively make changes that lead to a more harmonious and positive relationship with their child. As we all know, when we feel more confident, we feel more empowered and motivated to make more changes…Read more

Blog- The Power of Reflective Conversations about Parenting

In this complex and uncertain world there is nothing more certain than the challenges of parenting. Long has it been remarked that this fundamental role in society is undertaken without the training, supports and qualifications required for much less demanding activities…Read more

Blog- Noticing the strengths of families

When we are supporting families, it can be easy to fall into the trap of focussing on deficits. This can feel difficult to avoid when we are supporting a family around a particular issue…Read more

Blog- As a Parent I Wonder…

There are so many things I wonder about as a parent. I have to admit that right now in my life words like ‘parenting’ and ‘family’ and ‘home’ are like giant, shape-changing, mega-clouds of steaming immensity…Read more

Blog- Creating happy families with 3Cs and everywhere learning

What can parents and carers do to create a strengths-based, nurturing environment for their children to play, learn and grow?

The team from the Bendigo Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) have a few tips and tricks. Here are their top three suggestions…Read more

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