Family Peace Foundation

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peaceful upbringings for every Australian child

The Family Peace Foundation’s core belief is that every child in our society has a basic human right to be raised in a peaceful home environment. Our aim is more peaceful homes, workplaces and communities, leading to a safer and more productive Australian society.

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initiatives
  • 12: young people and alcohol - fact sheet

    The Family Peace Foundation wants to do everything it can to keep young people safe, including protecting them from harms that might result from drinking alcohol. This fact sheet provides information for parents, guardians and older siblings about alcohol and young people.

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  • 11: family rituals - fact sheet

    Family routines and rituals are an important factor in strengthening families. Family rituals help family members feel good and create a sense of belonging by letting everyone know what’s important to the family and giving members’ a sense of identity. They offer stability during times of stress and transition and are associated with higher levels of marital satisfaction, adolescents' sense of personal identity, children's health, academic achievement and stronger family relationships.

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  • 10: financial literacy

    Financial literacy is a combination of financial knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours necessary to make sound financial decisions, based on personal circumstances, to improve financial well-being. Financial literacy is an essential everyday life skill for men and women, adults and children, and people across the socio-economic spectrum (Australian Securities and Investment Commission, ASIC, 2014-2017). 

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  • 09: managing negative thoughts

    THE LINK BETWEEN THINKING AND FEELING           

    Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling distressed or anxious about something, only to find a few weeks later that it was a non-event? Or maybe you chatted about it with a mate and felt much better afterwards? While you may not be aware of it, your experience establishes an extremely significant principle: Changing the way you think will change the way you feel.

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  • 08: Alcohol Related Violence - Fact Sheet

    The Family Peace Foundation believes that there is strong evidence of an association between the consumption of alcohol and violence.[1]



    [1] Graham K & Homel R 2008. Raising the bar: preventing aggression in and around bars, pubs and clubs. Devon, UK: Willan Publishing

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  • 07: sleep prioritisation

    Often underestimated for creating peace in our home is the importance of quality sleep. Sleep doesn’t interfere with our daily, it actually sets up how well our waking hours will be. The better quality sleep we have, the better we’ll perform through out the day. This is especially important for children. To grow and develop during their waking hours children need high quality sleep. A good night’s sleep is the best study tool because everything they learn transfers to long term memory during REM sleep. 

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  • 06: accept and validate emotions

    All feelings are acceptable, but all behaviours are not. Learn to recognise your partner’s or your child’s emotions as an opportunity to connect and help them become empowered.

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  • 05: christmas

    For many Christmas is an exciting time of the year. However it also brings with it a high level of stress and anxiety. Learn how to navigate the holiday season peacefully. 

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  • 04: three good things

    Learning to notice the good things in our lives has a dramatic impact on our happiness and wellbeing. Focusing on the good things builds resistance against the negativity we are bombarded with from the outside. Is the glass half full or half empty? It’s a trick question. The glass is always full to the top (liquid and air). Making a conscious effort to notice the good things keeps us alert to good things we might have otherwise missed.

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  • 03: strengthen commonalities

    Making some quick notes about the things you have in common with your partner can have a profound effect on your relationship. This simple daily act can keep your focus on what attracted you to each other in the first place.

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  • 02: needs detective

    Complaints, blaming and criticisms often mask unmet needs. ‘You ….’ often raises defences in the other person. Learn how to listen for unmet needs and react with kindness to build a more supportive and peaceful relationship. Not just with your partner but your children as well.

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  • 01: 8 minutes a day...

    Stop what you’re doing and give 100% attention to each of your children for at least 8 minutes a day. Small emotional investments like one-on-one, quality time now will help ensure your kids grow up feeling safe, valued and listened to.

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  • Is your family suffering because of excessive alcohol?

    Is your family suffering because of excessive alcohol? For the sake of your children, pledge today to limit your drinking to between zero and two drinks per day - on average.

  • sleep prioritisation

    Often underestimated for creating peace in our home is the importance of quality sleep. Sleep doesn’t interfere with our daily, it actually sets up how well our waking hours will be.

    table talk - shutting down devices

    There is a clear improvement in children's sleep if devices are shut down at least an hour before bedtime.

    table talk - stress discussions

    Talk to your children about their stress. Listen to what's happening in their life. However, choose the time to do it carefully. Applying more stress when they are already stressed may not be as helpful as choosing a more relaxed time.

  • accept and validate emtions

    Whenever someone close to you says they feel jealous, envious or angry, for example, try to avoid judging, negating their emotions or offering up parental solutions.

    table talk - building children's resilience

    Building your child's resilience can be counter intuitive. We want to protect them yet to grow we need to step back and let them grow themselves.

    table talk - It's about respect

    Being open and listening to the emotions of others is showing them respect.

  • peaceful family Christmas

    call an 8 day Family Peace Foundation truce this Christmas. If there is any conflict, grievances, distress, long held grudges, upset, bad feelings, anger, resentment, on going tension or anything of the like in your family whatsoever, call a Family Peace Foundation 8 Day Christmas truce.

    split family Christmas

    There is a whole new level of stress for split families at Christmas. Both for parents and for children.

    a sense of magic

    Take a leaf out of children's book this Christmas. Believe in Santa and miracles. Notice the happiness and joy. Choose to make your Christmas special.

  • three good things

    Too often we can get bogged down with what we don't like and forget all the really good stuff. Make a habit of reminding yourself about the good things. Gratitude is one of the most potent protective factors for your family.

    table talk - finding good in bad

    Horrible things can happen in life and too often that has the potential to send us in a downward spiral. Learn how to stop this spiral even in the worst of times.

    table talk - threat of meanness

    There is so much in the media today where people are severely judged, where others are simply being mean to each other. It's more important than ever to look for and encourage good things in our life.

  • strengthen commonalities

    Find the things that brought you together in the first place. What did you like about your partner? What attracted you to them? Write those down. Remember and focus on them.

    table talk - parents sticking together

    With children it's important that parents stick together and present a united front.

    table talk - being intensionally vulnerable

    Sometimes when the barriers go up, stopping and being intentionally vulnerable and looking hard for those commonalities can help draw you back together.

  • be a needs detective

    Behind most blaming and complaining is an unmet need. Instead of trading criticisms or communicating in a hurtful or unproductive way, take a moment, step back and think: What is it I need? What is it you need?

    table talk - we all have conflict

    It's not about avoiding conflict. It's your approach to dealing with conflict that counts.

    table talk - language used makes all the difference

    Sometimes when we share, we use different words and as a result miss that we want the same thing.

  • what is ... 8 minutes a day?

    Stop what you’re doing and give 100% attention to each of your children for at least 8 minutes a day. Small emotional investments like one-on-one, quality time now will help ensure your kids grow up feeling safe, valued and listened to.

    table talk - game shows

    Simple fun mimicking our favourite TV shows can be a great way to connect with your kids. And for them to make fun of how old you are!!!

    table talk - time for twins

    Individual time for twins can be difficult to find. However, this time can be critical to their individual development, especially for identical twins.

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Help us steer the Family Peace Foundation to the issues that really matter. Get involved by completing the short questionnaire below. By sharing your thoughts, we’ll be better able to develop the tools to build a more peaceful society, where every child can be raised in a more peaceful home environment.


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Volunteer together to help others

Use illicit drugs (drugs that are prohibited)

Trust each other and our neighbours to do the right thing

Insult or yell at each other

Have clear rules for family peace and respect

Alcohol use stays within the national guidelines (i.e., had between 0 and 2 standard drinks per day on average but no more than 4 standard drinks in any one sitting - no alcohol if pregnant, breastfeeding or if under 18 years old)

Argue about the same things over and over or have serious arguments

Have an expert plan for financial freedom and stick to it

Have serious financial stress (i.e. unable to pay bills and mortgage/ rent on time, serious worries about finances)

Regularly share enjoyable meals together

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referrals

The Family Peace Foundation does not provide emergency assistance or support services to people who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault. 

 

Family violence support

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing family violence help is available.

 

Emergency Services

In an emergency call 000.

The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right emergency service to help you. It should be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance service in life threatening or emergency situations.

 

1800 Respect

For sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service contact the national hotline 1800 RESPECT 24/7.

1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au

 

Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre

For confidential support and information, Safe Steps – Family Violence Response Centre offer a 24/7 state-wide family violence response service.

Call Safe Steps on 1800 015 188 (Toll Free).

 

Men's Referral Service

Men’s Referral Service provides anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referrals to men to help them to take action to stop using violent and controlling behaviour.

Call 1300 766 491.

 

Kids Helpline

Kids helpline provides assistance for kids, teens, young adults and also for parents and carers. Email counselling and WebChat is also available.

Call free anytime on 1900 55 1800.

 

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