Remember the old phrase ‘children should be seen and not heard’? If your house is anything like mine then it’s definitely not a philosophy we subscribe to!

Although most of us encourage our kids to communicate and make lots of noise, it’s important to consider the importance of WHAT they’re saying and to make sure we’re actively listening.

How to help children speak up

This is the theme for this week’s Children’s Week. Specifically, Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Children have the right to have a say in matters that affect them, and for their views and opinions to be taken seriously.

So how can we help give kids a voice and how can we help them talk up about the important things? This tip sheet from NAPCAN gives you some awesome pointers.

Children's week tip sheet

You can also download the poster from NAPCAN.

Events for Children’s week

Each state has events celebrating Children’s Week. You could attend a picnic in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, enjoy a family picnic in Meerilinga WA or attend a Teddy Bears picnic in Hobart.

Check out your local state website for more details about events near you.