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Aboriginal - we all need to feel safe and secure

Aboriginal; safe; secure; cultural; family; proud; indigenous;

How you were grown up can affect how you grow up your own baby. Sometimes mothers have sad memories of not feeling happy or safe when they were growing up. Sometimes having a baby makes these unhappy memories come around all the time. Helping yourself to feel safe can help your baby to feel safe.
* It is important to help children feel they are loved and belong in their culture - one of the most important things is a sense of belonging.
happy, loved children
* From the start, babies need to know that someone or some people really care and will always be there for them.
* These people can be their mother and/or father, an aunty, grandparent or another reliable person who cares for them a lot.
feeling secure with a reliable person
* When children learn to belong in this way it gives them the ability to love and trust others, and to be able to form relationships with other people in their life.
 
Some other things children need:
* supervision and support - do not leave your children without someone responsible who can care for your child
caring support
* to try new things and to feel they can succeed and to learn to keep on trying
* to feel good about themselves
* to feel included, appreciated and supported by other people
* to feel they can count on you and others
* a sense of optimism and hope.
 
Here are some things to think about:
* Who mainly looked after you when you were very young and growing up?
* Do you want to look after your baby like you remember you were looked after when you were little, or in a different way?
* What will you do differently? What will you do the same?
* Do you feel that you can keep your baby safe and secure?
 
The information in this topic was developed by
Child and Youth Health with help from:
- Aboriginal families and women from a number of
  Aboriginal-focused Playgroups
- Young Mum's groups in Adelaide
- Aboriginal staff from CYH
- Pika Wiya Health Service
- Aboriginal Health Council
- Aboriginal Health Worker Forum
Acknowledgement:
- Background images, copyright with permission, R Taylor.
With thanks to:
- Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation whose work
  'Pipirri Palya - kids are good' guided us.
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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.

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