Monday, November 8th, 2010
It’s a familiar story. As the parent of two children under the age of six, Adelaide mum, Mandy Hooper’s life was at times stressful. Plain and simple.

“Life was good at home, but at the same time, I often felt overwhelmed,” says Mandy. “I began to realise that how I was feeling as a person influenced my children’s emotional states and I wanted a happier life for the whole family.”

In response to a growing call for a better life from parents like Mandy, Parent Wellbeing this week launched a practical toolkit called The Happy Channel! How to achieve family wellbeing.

The toolkit is packed with step-by-step ways to increase parents’ wellbeing and, as a result, that of their children.

Founder of Parent Wellbeing, Jodie Benveniste, explains, “We often hear about the illusive work-life balance, but true family wellbeing involves so much more. Parents need to teach their children how to cope with setbacks and appreciate the good times, and the best way to do this is to lead by example.

“Only parents experiencing true emotional wellbeing are in a position to raise emotionally capable kids. As any parent will tell you – there is a big difference between coping and thriving.”

The Happy Channel! toolkit comes in the wake of recent national research showing that parents of minor children report higher levels of distress than do parents of adult children or childless individuals. (See Appendix 1)

“This research reveals that the daily demands and time constraints placed upon parents of young children causes strain between parents and work-family conflict,” says Jodie. “In turn, stress undermines parent wellbeing.”

The The Happy Channel! toolkit includes a detailed self-assessment to discover what’s working and what’s not working for you and your children. It offers wellbeing practices, proven methods for increasing the wellbeing of parents and their families, audio recordings and access to the Toolkit Forum where parents can interact with others who are completing the program.

“One of the key modules within the program is the exploration of how meaning links to wellbeing,” says Jodie. “A good life is a meaningful life, but when we are bogged down in the day-to-day demands of family life it can be difficult to see the big picture. It is only by developing our own emotional stability, and by learning to appreciate the bigger picture, that we can become the parents we want to be.”

“Everyone knows parenting is all about helping your children transform from babies to responsible adults, but what we must acknowledge is that we, as parents, must undergo an equally dramatic transformation.”

Mandy Hooper says the Parent Wellbeing toolkit was a powerful exercise in self-examination and gave her the confidence to make positive changes within her life and the life of her family.

“The program encouraged me to be the person and mother that I have always wanted to be,” she says. “I now understand, in practical terms, how to teach my children to achieve their own happiness and wellbeing.”

The The Happy Channel! Toolkit is available from

Jodie Benveniste is a psychologist, author, parenting expert, and director and founder of Parent Wellbeing – The place for parents.


For further information or to arrange an interview with Jodie Benveniste, please contact:
Jodie Benveniste
Phone: 08 8278 4342
Mob: 0412 088 804
[email protected]

Appendix 1:
Debra Umberson, Tetyana Pudrovska, Corinne Reczek (2010) Parenthood, Childlessness, and Well-Being: A Life Course Perspective, Journal of Marriage and Family, Volume 72 Issue 3.

We surveyed leading family journals in sociology, psychology, and gerontology and reviewed articles pertaining to any aspect of parenthood or parenting in relation to a measure of well-being. We also reviewed books that addressed this topic.

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