Childhood Conversations Pilot Program – Session 1

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What makes a good childhood? 

The ‘Childhood Conversations’ Pilot Program seeks to engage parents of Victorian children in conversation about 21st century childhoods, in order to increase their understanding and awareness of what sustains a good childhood; and empower them to find solutions and advocate for change.

Take a trip back in time with us to the era in which you were a child…

Whether this took place in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s, there are often common elements that typify or mark the era in which we grew up. 

We are looking at the Family Environment and in particular ‘Family structure and work/life balance’.

My experience of growing up in the 70’s was that the nuclear family was the norm and there were strongly defined mother/father roles. Parents (fathers in particular) seemed to work long hours but the hours were predictable. Family life seemed to be able to be structured around work hours.

What are your perceptions of how families were structured and parent’s work/life balance when you were growing up?shutterstock_123839083
We would love to hear from you!


Post written by: Julie Noonan, School Engagement Co-ordinator, Berry Street Childhood Institute

Imaginate: discovering what makes a good childhood

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We’re smack bang in the middle of the entry period for Imaginate, our national multimedia competition for young Australians (13-25). As we receive the entrants’ photographs, stories, poems, videos, music, fashion design and drawings, we’re gradually building a picture of what a good childhood should look like, from the perspective of young people themselves.

So, why do we care?

Well, firstly we care because we feel really strongly that young people are experts on modern childhoods:

  • They have the recent experience, which gives them first-hand knowledge;
  • Just enough time has passed that they can be objective about the whole of childhood, without getting bogged down in the detail of whether a Barbie makes a childhood better than an Xbox;
  • And, they have the skills and creativity to communicate their beliefs and opinions in ways that resonate with a wide audience.

Secondly, we care because what young people have to say about good childhood will be one of the major foundations of how we, at the Berry Street Childhood Institute, approach our work.

And finally, Imaginate matters because we want to see a critical mass of young Australians stepping up to make change happen for childhood, and for the issues that matter to them.Imaginate pic

What better way to start than with a little creative thinking…

Visit the Imaginate site to enter the competition and vote on current entries! http://imaginate.org.au/, or for more information like Imaginate on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Post by: Lauren Oliver, Youth Engagement Coordinator