Ensuring good start for jarjums



WHEN you think about it, who doesn't want "Doordarnbee muggy jarjums"?

That's Bundjalung talk for "Growing up strong jarjums" (children), the title of a new parenting booklet aimed at Aboriginal families on the Far North Coast.

Tweed MP Neville Newell launched the booklet on Monday under the NSW government's Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Strategy.

"Consultation with parents and community consistently identified the need for greater support for parents and locally-produced resources," Mr Newell said.

Thirteen Aboriginal staff have already been trained in delivering a locally-pro- duced parenting program.

The booklet contains straightforward advice for parents on what their jarjums do at different ages, ideas about things to do with their jarjums, games and activities and helpful contacts.

Similar resources on pregnancy and preparing for parenthood are planned.



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