“This booklet was conceived by five young parents talking
about their personal experiences, thoughts and advice;
which we thought we could share with other young parents.
This book is about being able to stay positive and happy in
the first few years of being a parent.”
There is a paper available outlining
the process, pitfalls and surprises
in developing this resource. If you
would like a copy please contact
Beenleigh Area Youth Service
PO BOX 1147,
Beenleigh QLD 4207
or phone 07 3287 1290
The Group who made it happen:
Renee Miosge Kylie Vo Kasey Hanton Rob Haberle, and
and Ayden and Ke-Linh and Tama Naomi McCutcheon
The amazing parents and children that helped out:
Alita Lancaster and Jasmine, Kristie and Jacob, Rebecca Fielder and Skye, Rochelle and Alex, Jenny Blunt
and Dillon Ferguson, Candaneace Metius and Willow Jay Metius, Marnie and Jessica Rigby, Craig and
Skie Yates, Carolyn and Karynne Robinson, Margaret and Bryce Woods, Belinda Oldnal and Aubrey Smith,
Carmen Willis and Cody, Kaley Kable and Biancca, Crystal and Samual Barassi, Madona Davis and Tiffany,
Elysha Steele and Kirra, Tyrie Phillips, Jade and Lani, Chantelle Hobbs and Jayden Hobbs-Thompson, Deborah
and Tim Pouncey, June Appleby and Caleb, Kirsty Nichols and Dylan Gabriel, Shandel Carey and Isabelle
The other helpers:
Louise and the Legal Team at Youth and Family Services Logan, Rachel McClaren, Penny Delmodes, The
Beenleigh Young Parents Program, The Young Parents Steering Group, The Young Parents Community
Advisory Group, Leann Carney, Amity Narst, Beth Pashen, all the services listed in the book
Funded by the Australian Government Departmentof Family and Community Services
Suitable for toddlers 2 yrs and up.
Supervision required when playing with dough.
You will need:
* 2 cups plain flour
* 1 cup cooking salt
* 4 tablespoons of cream of tartare
* 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
* 2 cups of boiling water
* 2 – 3 drops of food colouring: red, blue,
green, pink, yellow or orange.
How do we make it?
* Mix flour, salt, cream of tartare, food colouring and
cooking oil in a bowl.
* Add boiling water and mix quickly until it is like dough.
* Seal and keep in an airtight container for three weeks.
* Time for Fun!!! You can use plastic cups, plastic
spoons or plastic biscuit cutters to make different
shapes in the play dough.
Musical Toy Shaker and Drum
Suitable for older babies and toddlers approximately 8
months and over. Supervision required when using this
You will need:
* 1 empty clean formula or milo tin with a lid.
* 1 handful of dried soup mix. You can use rice or split
* Colourful shiny contact – holographic contact looks
* Masking tape
* Stickers, glitter and clear contact
How do we make it?
* Put soup mix into the empty tin and seal the lid with
masking tape around the rim.
* Cover the whole tin with contact
* You can decorate the tin with stickers, glitter, stars or
shapes. Then you need to cover the tin again with clear
contact so that the stickers cannot come off.
* Make sure that the lid is closed tight and the tape and
contact are secure so that the soup mix cannot fall out.
Now we can play and make music!!
“Don’t be afraid to get down on your
children’s level and act their age.”
By Rebecca Fielder
• Let your child lead.
• Let your child make a mess.
• Trust your baby.
• Listen to your child.
• Listen to what your child is trying to
communicate to you with body language.
• It’s okay to let your child cry, it is their way
of communicating and telling you what they
• Babies are creatures of habit and like what
they know. So if you do something your baby
will expect you to keep doing it.
Time to Eat
• Find a position comfortable for you
and your baby.
• It’s a cheap way to feed your baby.
• Boosts babies' immunity to illnesses.
• No one can be asked to move from
a public place because they are
breastfeeding, you have the
right to refuse.
If you are asked to move repeatedly
you have the right to complain
to the Anti Discrimination
Commission, because this is
• Chemists give good advice about
• Chemists and Child Health
Nurses have formula sample
• Be aware of what is in your
• Some people say some
formulas have too much iron
• Try different formulas to find
out which one is best for your
• Give your baby a variety of foods
from an early age – experts say
from six months.
• Babies and children will start
eating solids when
they are ready and at different
• Simple ideas include- mashed
potatoes, pumpkin and squash.
• There is no need to add salt
• Keep an eye on baby’s teeth
When I had Ke-Linh I was lead to believe that breastfeeding was the only option.
People said it was more convenient and that you did not have to worry about
cleaning bottles or worrying if bacteria was growing in the milk because it had been
sitting in the heat for a couple of hours.
But everyone is different. It’s a decision parents need to make themself. Some can
and others just can’t. Like myself, I had trouble when I came home with my newborn.
She was crying non-stop, her stomach would rumble really loud and she was feeding
every two and a half hours.
I decided to ring a breastfeeding help line for advice. It turned out that I had inverted
nipples and my baby wasn’t getting enough to eat. So I ended up putting her on the
bottle and I believe it was the right thing that I could do for her. We are both more
relaxed now! At first I felt guilty, but I know now she is getting the best. It does not
matter if you breastfeed or bottle-feed you are still bonding in many different ways.
By Kylie & Ke-Linh
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Ask for help! Trust yourself!
Have CONFIDENCE in yourself!
Don’t get too stressed if things don’t go the way you plan.
Children are unique and unpredictable.
Be adventurous; (In your parenting) don’t be afraid to try new things. It makes the
day go faster and it is something new and exciting for you and your child.
As soon as your child does something good (even if only small) praise them a lot. This
tends to promote good behaviour.
It is unhelpful when some people tell me what to do and make out they are the expert.
It is up to the individual to connect with their child.
When there is a challenge, don’t think of it as a challenge. Think of it as another step
forward in life. It only makes you stronger.
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• ‘Don’t put up with crap’ – It doesn’t help
when people discriminate against parents’ just 'cause they're young.
• There is pressure from advertising that you need to get certain brands of
formula and clothes to be a good parent.
• Remember that it is your decision about what is best for your child.
• It is okay to let your child cry, it does not mean that you are a ‘bad’ parent.
My son Tama, is the most precious person to me and brings so much
joy to my life. It isn’t always a fairy tale though. Being a single mum, I
find parenting physically and emotionally draining at times.
We are all human and sleepless nights, fussy children, tantrums and
back chatting can get to the best of us. Instead of breaking down
or losing control I try taking 3 deep breaths, calm down, get control
then I find that I won’t be disciplining out of anger or frustration. I
learnt to do this, as it can be hard when you haven’t got someone to
help take the load off.
People may have said that they cared about us and even loved us
but let us down. As upsetting as that is, I try and remember that
my child loves me and I don’t even need to ask him to. I always
remember the biggest smiles I’ve seen my son give is not when
I’ve bought him a new toy. It’s when I’m playing with him. So
don’t feel bad if you can’t afford the biggest, best, latest toy.
As long as they have you and your love that is all that matters
By Kasey Hanton
Cuddle and kiss them when you can
Hold them when they’re hurt
Imagine up games and stories to tell
Listen to them with both ears
Dance and play
Run and Jump
Encourage them every day and you will find
Night-time, when they’re finally asleep. You KNOW you’ve done a good job!
By Kasey Hanton
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“Find time for
By Renee Miosge.
Have time out.
Relax whenever you can.
Make sure you eat and relax.
Go out for a coffee with friends.
It is all right for parents to cry too.
It is not wrong to have a life – GO OUT!
Don’t feel guilty to go out and enjoy your self.
Daycare – one way for your child to have some time
for themselves and for you to have time for yourself.
“Find supportive people you trust”
By Rob Haberle.
Some people find their best support is their friends.
Other people find their family, doctor or
Don’t knock back help.
Try to get involved in a Young
Parents Group. It can help
you meet other young
parents and socialise.
Have supportive people
Listen to health professionals and take the advice that best suits you and your child.
Remember that it is your decision about what is best
for your child.
Chemists can be a great support for you and your
babies needs. They can give you information about
some needs such as medicines, formula and
nappy rash, can be somebody to talk to and can
make you feel at ease.
Seek professional advice and if you want to get a
second opinion go for it.
If you can, deal with one doctor that you trust
because they know you and your child’s history.
"Read Information and take in what you want."
By the Parenting Tips Group.
* “Lots of pamphlets.”
* “The baby books that talk to you each day through pregnancy are great.”
* “The sexual health book I borrowed from the Young Parents Program.”
* “I buy the mother and baby magazines.”
* “Mother and Baby & Practical Parenting magazines.”
* “Sometimes I read the Woman’s Weekly.”
* “There was a great booklet at my first appointment at the Child Health Clinic.”
* “The books that help you learn about the growth of your baby.”
* “‘Questions and Answers to Pregnancy’ Magazines from Coles.”
* “Super Baby”
* “The girlfriend’s guide to Pregnancy”
* “Babies” by Dr Christopher Green
* “Toddler Taming” by Dr Christopher Green
* “The books you get at the hospital in the Bounty Bag.”
* “The books that you get from your Child Health Nurse.”
Local Useful Contacts Information and Contacts
NAME ADDRESS PHONE USEFUL INFORMATION NAME PHONE USEFUL INFORMATION
Beenleigh Area 6 Juniper Court 3287 1290 • Young parents support program Australian 3844 8977 • 24 hour help line.
Youth Service Beenleigh for pregnant and parenting young Breastfeeding 3844 8166 • Provides counselling, information and support
Mums and Dads. Association (Queensland) around breastfeeding.
Beenleigh Young • Antenatal Group. • Please refer to your state’s White Pages for your
Parents Program • Parent Support Groups. local number.
• Midwives and baby health checks
Childcare Access 1800 670 305 • Provides information about child care centres in
Beenleigh Beenleigh Village 3287 2233 • Open 8am-8pm 7 days. Hotline your local area.
Complete Discount Mall George St • All products are at a discount Family and • Free Call around Australia.
Chemist price. Community Services
Beenleigh 3/9 James St 3287 1414 • Next door to Foundation Medical Child Care 1800 637 711 • Free state wide (Queensland) service that
Medical Centre Beenleigh Centre. Information Service (outside Brisbane) operates 8.30am – 5pm.
Pharmacy • Open Monday to Friday 8am- Department of 3224 4225 • Provides information to assist families in
8pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am- Families (Brisbane) choosing child care that meets their needs.
Child Health Line 3862 2333 • 24 hours 7 days a week.
Beenleigh Child 10 –18 Mt. 3290 9833 • Help and information about • Provides parenting support and information.
Health Warren Blvd. Mt feeding and settling.
DVCONNECT 1800 811 811 • 24 hour state wide service.
Warren Park • Child Health Clinics and
Women’s (Queensland) • Crisis telephone counselling.
Domestic Violence • Referral to services depending on needs.
Beenleigh (As above) 3290 9811 • Information and Counselling Crisis Line
Community Health services.
DVCONNECT 1800 600 636 • Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
• Indigenous Health Worker.
Men’s Line • State wide service (Queensland)
Logan Hospital Corner of 3299 8899 • Open 24 hours for emergencies. • Counselling and referral for men from Domestic
Antenatal Clinic Armstrong & (Inquiries) • You need to book into the Violence situations.
Loganlea Roads 3299 8527 Antenatal Clinic.
Lifeline 131 114 • 24 hour state wide Queensland service.
• Provides support, crisis counselling and referrals.
Logan Women’s 25 Ewing Rd 3808 9233 • Counselling/support for women
Parentline 1300 30 1300 • Phone support about parenting for Queensland
Health Woodridge over 18.
• Self–esteem & anger
• 8am to 10pm 7 days a week.
management groups and a
garden social group. Poisons Information 131 126 • 24 hour 7 days a week service.
• Natural Therapies – yoga, pilates, Centre (National) • Australia Wide service.
belly dancing, and massage. • Provides info on poisoning, bites and stings.
Youth and Family 2-4 Rowan St 3208 8199 • Antenatal Group with midwives Relationships 1300 364 277 • Relationship counselling.
Services Slacks Creek (Extension 5) clinic. Australia (Queensland) • Relationship education.
Young Parents • Young Parents Group (for children Queensland • Post separation parenting.
Program Young up to 12 months) with baby health Inc. 3217 2900 • Gambling rehabilitation.
Parents clinic. (Brisbane) • Pre-marriage education.
Worker • Young Parents Playgroup.
• Young Parents Breastfeeding Women’s Infolink 1800 177 577 • Free confidential Queensland service.
Support Group. (Brisbane, • 8.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday.
Townsville and • Information and referrals for women.
For services in other areas please refer to your local telephone directory. Nambour offices) • Free computer access and free internet classes.
When She’s Happy
Watch them play
Amazing…to learn how they learn
Where they learn things from…
Understanding yourself and listening to them.
When a child does something, look to yourself.
See if they have gotten it from you –
Work together to overcome it.
Learn as much from them as they learn from you.
They’re going to do what you’ve done –
Set a good example.