STM Challenge # 5: Develop Support for Parenthood

Pääyhteistyökumppanimme: Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö

Pääyhteistyökumppanimme: Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö

STM Challenge # 5: Develop Support for Parenthood

Create a modern solution that supports the parenthood of next generation and strengthens parents’ self-confidence and ability to solve current parenting issues

The solution could reduce the need for professional quidance with your parenting issues. With this application, you could test and relate your own answers to those that are central and solvable according to the research.

What could the solution look like:

  • Could it be an application that leads parents to the questions they are going to face.
  • It is important to ensure that there are tools to help the parents think their questions, rather than ready-made solutions.
  • The application should support parents to solve the issues that are important to them; to strengthen their own judgment and instincts; also to seek help in certain situations and questions.
  • One way could be to create a “Parental Toolbox” game or application. A board game developed in the Painokas project could be used e.g. to ensure the use of parental resources. The central point is to go through key parenting themes, with issues concerning children and young people of different ages and parenting at different stages.

What skills are needed to produce a solution?

  • For example, a family counseling or mental health service professional, a social legislation-based service mapping, an inventory of needs for child welfare, service design for child-directed applications, development of e-services, involvement of children and young people.

Material and facts:

Man is not made to handle maternity or fatherhood alone, without support. Evolutionarily thinking, man is a species of communal parenthood. In reality this means that parents get useful support in solving up-to-date problems as well as beforehand. E.g:

  • When the child does not sleep or eat
  • When you are tired
  • When the child does not poop or wets itself
  • When you have substance abuse
  • When the child does not obey
  • When you can’t manage your anger
  • When a child does not manage in day-care or with friends
  • When you do not get along with your spouse
  • When a child does not want to go to school
  • When you no longer want to come home
  • When a child or adolescent is anxious, symptomatic or withdrawn
  • When you are depressed or exhausted

Traditionally support comes from the social network; spouses, siblings, grandparents, aunts and others. Sometimes well and adequately, sometimes too little or badly.

Today, many parents live without this support. In the Finnish society, one resource has been the maternity and child health clinic: with special services such as home visits and home service. Still, many parents feel they don’t get just the kind of support they need and could benefit from.

For many parents it is difficult to discuss these issues with the nurse.

There are many who find it difficult to read all the material provided by the clinic and many excellent websites.

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