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What you'll find inside:

  • The purpose of parenting
  • First year of school to year 2: Setting good foundations
  • Years 3 to 6: Growing responsibility
  • Years 7 to 10: Increasing independence
  • Years 11 and 12: Preparing for launch
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Did you know?

Good communication is vital to any relationship. From early childhood, encourage your children to be open with you. Be open in return, in an age-appropriate manner.

Ways to keep communication lines open:

  • listening attentively to what your children have to say
  • not interrupting with judgments or answers
  • talking straight about what you mean
  • and more tips inside the guide.


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ACC and Focus on the Family are Christian organisations that are committed to helping families thrive using their respective fields of expertise. The parenting strategies contained in the guide will help families regardless of your worldview.

Based on average reading speed it should take you 60ish minutes to read it cover to cover. If you were to also read all the content that the guide links out to, it would probably take you several years :)

About the publishers

Since 1993, Focus on the Family Australia has been helping families and communities through preventative education programs, seminars, counselling and a wide range of resources for families. Focus on the Family Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that offers relevant, practical support to help families thrive in every stage of life.


The ACC Group is a network of Christian Schools in five states of Australia. Since our founding days, ACC has been committed to transforming young people spiritually, academically, socially and physically for lives of significance and service. We encourage students to act compassionately and graciously yet think deeply and biblically.

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