Peer Support Australia acknowledges that parents and caregivers provide critical foundations in the social and emotional health of their children. We are committed to providing parents and caregivers with access to current and evidence based information to help raise children and teens to thrive in an ever-changing world.

As a parent or carer, you play a critical role in your child’s social and emotional development. You help shape the way your child views and navigates the world.  

You can support your child’s mental health with a few simple parenting strategies.

Be engaged  

There are many benefits to being engaged in your child’s learning. According to research, children with engaged parents are more likely to enjoy learning, have better academic results, increased confidence and stronger relationships with peers.  

Have meaningful conversations  

Having conversations is a great way to develop your child’s social skills and build a healthy relationship.  

The conversation cards below can be used by families to create a sense of connection and belonging at home. These talking prompts complement our Talk-And-Walk-A-Thon event. Every year, we invite students across Australia to talk and walk as a way to build peer connections across their school. We encourage you to reinforce your child’s learning at home by using these cards. 

Conversation Cards

Use these prompts at home to spark conversation with your family.

Resilient Children

Download an information sheet with tips for raising resilient kids.

Parenting advice from psychologist Andrew Fuller

Support your child’s emotional health  

You can help your child develop strong protective factors for mental health. Andrew Fuller is a psychologist and shares his insights into a range of topics in the videos below.  

How can we help our children and young people respond better to whatever life throws at them? In this video, Andrew Fuller explores what we know about resilience and how we can lay good foundations for resilient responses.

What happens in your brain when you experience anxiety? Where does anxiety come from? In this video Psychologist, Andrew Fuller explores these questions and more.

What is anger and where does it come from? In this video, Psychologist Andrew Fuller answers this question and provides advice to parents on navigating moments of anger and outburst so that the family unit can thrive.
How can you be a neuroarchitect to help your children thrive? How can you help them realise they are smart and how to get smarter?
Psychologist, Andrew Fuller will explain how to do both in this video.