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Triple P – Positive Parenting Program: Families feeling the pressure and the impact on dad’s mental health

Media Release: Families feeling the pressure. Men’s Health Week highlights the impact on dad’s mental health

Triple P: Positive Parenting Program

Positive parenting is simply an approach to parenting that gives parents and carers tools and strategies to raise their child in an environment that is safe, loving and predictable. Triple P’s positive parenting program allows each person doing the program to decide what is important to them. So, it’s not telling you how to raise children but giving you the confidence and skills to build good relationships, set boundaries and rules calmly and in ways that kids understand, and follow up with consequences that are not harmful.

Dr Alan Ralph, Head of Training and Clinical Psychologist with The Triple P – Positive Parenting ProgramDr Alan Ralph, Head of Training and Clinical Psychologist with The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, said, “the mental health and wellbeing of fathers is worsening amidst rising financial pressures and work-life balance struggles…” to learn more, read the official media release linked here or head to

Did you know: Triple P is ranked by the United Nations as the world’s most extensively researched parenting program in the world and is backed by four decades of ongoing research? Triple P has helped millions of children and their families; is used in more than 30 countries and has been translated into 23 languages other than English.  More than 105,000 practitioners have been trained in its delivery.


Making Marks – the development of children’s drawing.

Come on a journey of discovery to learn more about children’s art, and a little of what the research tells us about children’s artistic development.

Download the development of children’s drawing – a series of easy to access sheets suitable for printing poster size for use in your service, with parents, carers or families to support and understand the importance and value of children’s mark making.

Visit our Making Marks page to access resources from the entire Making Marks series plus a thoughtful and informative document about the development of children’s drawing. “Look carefully at children’s work and learn to identify how these stages are emerging. Remember though each child grows as an artist in a unique way. The age ranges mentioned were originally identified by the researchers Rhoda Kellogg and Viktor Lowenfeld” and see why every mark made is meaningful.


L-R Example of an Aggregate, Circular line spread out and Sun
Images illustrating Rhoda Kellogg’s ‘Design Stage’ findings.

These materials were prepared by Di Nailon B4 Leader; in 2019 and are updated from those she created for Northern Children’s Network 2017 ArTastic exhibition, Launceston. They are based on the work of:
• Kellogg, R. (1969). Analyzing children’s art. Palo Alto, CA: National Press Books.
• Lowenfeld, V. (1954). Your child and his art: A guide for parents. New York, NY: Macmillan.

B4 Community Storytellers – Penny Terry’s podcast: ‘Second Nature Stories’

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Could you name three communication habits you have? Chances are we all have heaps more than three, yet most of us aren’t even aware of them. So, how many are helping us versus how many are hindering our efforts to influence the experiences and environments of children in the early years?

In this episode of our Second Nature Stories podcast host, Penny Terry, chats with habit expert and transformation coach Kate Krieg who runs us through the 101 of habit creation – because as it turns out? Our habits are responsible for more than we realise. The challenge with this episode will be to stay focussed on your communication habits, and not every other little habit in your life! Enjoy.

B4 on the road – Stories through Song at The Cairns Early Years Conference.

L-R Annette Rockliff – Choose Life Services, Annette Fuller – B4 Early Years Coalition, Tessa Lee – Tessa Lee Music, Jenny Mountney – Part of the East Devonport Child and Family Learning Centre family and Alex Morse – Creative Therapies Tasmania

Making the Tassie Early Years community proud on the national stage. Pictured here are our hometown heroes Annette Rockliff, Alex Morse, Annette Fuller, Tessa Lee, and Jenny Mountney spreading the music of B4’s ‘Stories Through Song’ initiative at the Cairns Early Years Conference earlier this week. To hear their songs, go to our Stories Through Song page or check them out via YouTube.

“In late 2022 a B4 First 1000 Days Storyteller Grant was awarded to Choose Life Services AKA Parakaleo Ministries Incorporated, in partnership with East Devonport Child and Family Learning Centre, and Creative Therapies Tasmania.
Through the grant funding a Working Group was established to lead the project.
The Working Group included a qualified registered music therapist, music teacher/professional musician and counsellor. This group worked with parents of young children to develop a shared understanding of the importance of the first 1000 days and their own, locally developed, first 1000 days stories. Using a music therapy model, parents wrote and recorded the lyrics and music to tell their story.
The group have now, written, recorded, and documented four songs representing their stories of the first 1000 days, reinforcing the key first 1000 day messages.
The songs and accompanying video clips are extraordinary and the journey that was taken to reach this point has seen incredible growth in confidence and empowerment for the parents involved.”

Growth Chart

145cm growth chart. Fantastic way to engage with children, learning about numbers, heights and seeing what animals you can spot!

Contact B4 on to get your hardcopy growth chart.

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