For the past year, Halton Region’s Public Health Nurses and Child Development staff have been tweeting and writing about all things parenting through HaltonParents. And on September 20, their little social media “baby” turned one. With almost 1,500 followers on Twitter (@haltonparents) and averaging close to 2,000 blog views per month, HaltonParents has grown to be a great online community and resource for local residents who are:
- thinking about pregnancy
- moms and parents to be
- caring for an infant or toddler
- raising school-age children or teenagers
The social media initiative also brings community agencies and other health organizations together to support healthy child development in Halton.
Every parent wants the best for their child. So, the goal for HaltonParents is to offer quality, evidence-based information in a casual forum to help parents feel confident in how they are raising their children. All of the staff on the team are parents themselves and understand the daily worries and challenges every parent goes through to ensure their child thrives. HaltonParents allows the staff to bring together and share both their personal experiences and their professional knowledge, with the understanding that every child is different.
As I parent of three grown children myself, I remember well the desires I had—and still have—for my kids to make wise choices, be confident in their abilities, have supportive friends, etc. Some days were definitely harder than others, and that’s where our staff can come in. Not only do they offer online support, they also work face to face out in the community with parents and schools every day. They help parents get the best start with their newborns, track their child’s development and make positive parenting choices. They know that positive parenting is the most critical factor in helping children avoid risky behaviours.
Parenting is one of the most rewarding journeys in life, and I’m pleased that our staff are available in so many ways to help make the journey easier. So, if you’re a parent in Halton, check out HaltonParents. The team will help answer your parenting questions or concerns—no matter if you’re pregnant with your first child or raising your third teenager. If they don’t know the answer, they will connect you with community services throughout Halton who can.
Of course if you don’t tweet or like reading blogs, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the team with your parenting questions or concerns. Dial 311 or 905-825-6000, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
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