Top parenting websites

The online resources worth bookmarking for every parent and carers.

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There is a considerable amount of online parenting advice and information for all stages of your child’s development, from toddler to teen.

To make the search easier, we’ve curated a list of leading Australian parenting sites worth bookmarking.

General advice

  • ABC Life - Family - a collection of articles and advice addressing issues that families face, drawn from the ABC’s extensive television, radio and online programs and publications.
  • Ellas List - a Sydney-specific selection of activities - both outside and inside the home - for your children and you.
  • Kiddipedia - this online encyclopedia collates parenting advice from a range of different sources, including government, non-for-profit and commercial sites.
  • Parenting Ideas - a collection of blogs, parenting guides and online courses intended to help parents raise happy, resilient children.
  • Practical Parenting - this is the companion website to the Practical Parenting magazine, collating articles on all stages of child development.
  • Raising Children Network - supported by the Department of Social Services, the Raising Children Network offers free parenting advice in a variety of mediums, including videos and apps. It has information ranging from pregnancy topics through to raising your teenager, and adulthood.
  • SBS - Parenting - articles, news stories and videos on parenting and related issues from national broadcaster SBS.

Childhood stages

  • Early Childhood Australia - this early childhood advocacy organisation has a range of resources for parents of children aged up to eight years.
  • Essential Baby - launched in 1999, Essential Baby has an extensive range of information including sections covering the development of your child as a baby and toddler, lifestyle articles and health and beauty tips.
  • Essential Kids - Essential Baby’s older sibling includes news and advice on puberty, discipline, health and wellbeing and educational activities to do with older children.
  • Karitane - Karitane has information for parents and carers of young children, including sections on sleep, feeding and adjusting to parenthood.
  • Pregnancy, birth and baby - provided on behalf of the Department of Health, this site covers a broad range of topics relating to children aged under 6. It also has sections tailored specifically for fathers, teenager parents and indigenous families.
  • Reach Out - Resources for Parents - Reach Out offers support to the parents of children aged 12 - 18, including self-help content, online forums and individual support. It is part of Reach Out Australia.
  • Starting Blocks - created by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority, Starting Blocks has information on your children's developmental milestones, what to expect from early childhood education and care services, and information about caring for and entertaining your young child at home.
  • The First Five Years - supported by Goodstart Early Learning, the First Five Years covers early childhood, providing material on education and child development.

Information for specific groups

  • Deadly Tots - this website contains details of groups, community events, courses and activities for Aboriginal parents and their children.
  • SingleMum.com.au - this website has a range of resources for single mothers, including advice on solo parenting.
  • Support for Fathers - here you can find information for Dads covering topics like balancing work and family life and bonding with their kids. Part of Relationships Australia - Victoria.
  • The Fathering Project - the Fathering Project provides resources and advice to Australian fathers and father-figures, including activities to do with kids, tips for raising teenagers and information on self-care. They also have a Youtube channel.

Activities and course

  • Family Connect - this activity, developed by Uplifting Australia, aims to develop a family’s listening, appreciating and emotional skills, along with self-responsibility.
  • Parent Works - this free online program is self-directed and is part of a research project conducted by the University of Sydney. It includes ways to manage challenging behaviour and improve parenting skills.
  • Resourcing parents - this NSW Government website provides you with help on choosing between different parenting courses and explanations of some of the more popular ones on offer.

Support for parents

  • Council for single mothers and their children - Based in Victoria, this non-profit organisation offers phone and online support for single mothers.
  • Lifeline - A national charity providing support to all Australians.
  • Parents Beyond Breakup - Phone and online chat support for parents - particularly fathers - dealing with relationship breakdowns and separation.
  • Parentline NSW - a telephone counselling, information and referral service for parents in NSW, available weekdays and weekendsParents Beyond Breakup - Phone and online chat support for parents - particularly fathers - dealing with relationship breakdowns and separation.
  • Relationships Australia (NSW) - this independent not-for-profit organisation has centres across NSW and offers family skills courses and relationships advice.

By the way, not all the websites on this list will suit all parents’ needs, and you are in the best position to decide what advice and support will work best for you and your family.

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