For Pacific parents & carers

DoCS has parenting articles specifically designed for the needs of Pacific parents, carers and families.

They can give you ideas of how things happen for kids, what they might be doing at certain ages, and how you can give them the best possible start in life.

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Understanding your child

From the time we are born we grow and change, developing mentally, physically and spiritually. We learn through the things we see, hear and experience....

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Protecting children

Children are the future of our community. We all have a duty to help children grow up safely because they are often powerless to protect themselves....

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Good relationships with children

Children with loving parents are more likely to grow up happy and healthy and to get on well with others...

Discipline, where do I start?

With good discipline we can help our children to grow up safe and healthy...


With our support, kids will take to learning more easily, grow more confident at school and be happier....

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Healthy lifestyles

Eating the right food is important. So is doing a bit of exercise every day. Doing both helps us feel good about ourselves and to get the most out of life...

Parent-teenager conflict

parents everywhere find themselves in conflict with their teenage children at some time. There are methods for copingwith conflict that can restore harmony to the home....

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The facts on drugs

Drugs – both legal and illegal – are very much part of the world in which our kids grow up....

Healthy minds

The two conditions children are most likely to experience are anxiety and depression...

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Stronger families, strong communities

By passing down our traditions, we help give our children a sense of who they are...

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)