[website review] What parent hasn’t been unsure of what they are doing at some point? Whether it’s how to get your baby to sleep, how to cope with tantrums better, talking to teenagers or coping with a family crisis, you will certainly find some reliable information from http://raisingchildren.net.au/ Raising Children Network (the Australian parenting website). And as it is written by national (Australian) experts and then reviewed by over 120 other experts, you know the information is pretty trustworthy (maybe more so than a well-meaning relative or friend!). The website is also contributed to by the Australian government, parents (used in focus groups etc), other stakeholders and ‘content partners’ (such as Yellow Pages, Choice and St John Ambulance).
I find this website a really good start when you need some reliable information quick (for example what on earth to do when I thought I had mastitis, have I ticked off the basics to get my baby to sleep!). The information is presented very succinctly and gives you a great start on any topic.
Examples of what you can find on the website:
- information categorised by age groups and then topics – information on just about anything you can think of relating to behaviour, safety, sleep, communicating, nutrition and fitness, health and daily care and play and learning
- practical information on being a parent, family management, going back to work, childcare, and more..
- forums under groups such as kid’s ages, types of parents (teen, divorced, indigenous), research, my neighbourhood
- ‘my neighbourhood’ search where you can find everything from parks and childcare centres to child health centres and libraries. N0te: our library wasn’t on there!
- home safety interactive guide – preparing your house to be kid-safe, at all ages. This makes a relatively boring topic fun to look at! I wish I’d seen this a bit sooner actually 🙂
- for those parents who are visual (or too tired to read!), there is the Parenting in Pictures section. Here is a link to a couple of them – Meals in Minutes http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/pip_meals_in_minutes.html and Toilet training in pictures http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/pip_toilet_training.html/context/1222
There are podcasts (for example Talking about death, Parenting in public, The onset of puberty), there’s baby karaoke (to inspire you to sing with your little one), and a ‘Talking to teens’ section. You just have to keep looking, and you find there’s even more to this website than you first see!
So before googling your next question about anything to do with raising children (after you’ve checked out our blog of course ;)), remember to go straight to http://raisingchildren.net.au/. I guarantee you’ll spend longer on there than you imagined!