Triple P

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program ® is one of the world’s most effective parenting programmes.


It is one of the few based on evidence from ongoing scientific research, with more than 90 trials and studies around the world showing it works – regardless of a family’s culture, country or situation.


Triple P works by giving parents the skills to raise confident, healthy children and teenagers, and to build stronger family relationships. It also helps parents manage misbehaviour and prevent problems occurring in the first place.


But it doesn’t tell people how to parent. Rather, it gives them simple and practical strategies they can adapt to suit their own values, beliefs and needs.


Triple P – Positive Parenting Groups will begin the week of August 5-8 at both the Pine Creek and Grand Rapids Health Clinics.

Call Martin at (269) 729-4422 to reserve space.

Triple P Groups

Is your child’s behavior out of control?

Have you run out of ideas for getting your child to do as you ask?

Stop pulling your hair out and enroll in the Triple P Positive Parenting Program being offered through the Nottawaseppi Huron Band Health Department.

Come join us for 4 weekly meetings to talk about parenting and gain support. Then receive 3 weeks of follow up phone support followed by a celebration gathering!

Each week offers new ideas, fun discussions, snacks and goodies!

Sessions will be offered at both the Southern and Northern Offices.

Come see what it is all about!

Contact Martin Robinson at (269) 729-4422 to reserve your spot.









  1. When your child wants to show you something, stop what you are doing and pay attention to your child. It is important to spend frequent, small amounts of time with your child doing things that you both enjoy.
  2. Give your child lots of physical affection – children often like hugs, cuddles, and holding hands.


  1. Talk to your child about things he/she is interested in and share aspects of your day with your child.


  1. Give your child lots of descriptive praise when they do something that you would like to see more of, e.g., “Thank you for doing what I asked straight away”.
  2. Children are more likely to misbehave when they are bored so provide lots of engaging indoor and outdoor activities for your child, e.g., playdough, colouring in, cardboard boxes, dress ups, cubby houses, etc.
  3. Teach your child new skills by first showing the skill yourself, then giving your child opportunities to learn the new skill. For example, speak politely to each other in the home. Then, prompt your child to speak politely (e.g., say “please” or “thank you”), and praise your child for their efforts.
  4. Set clear limits on your child’s behaviour. Sit down and have a family discussion on the rules in the home. Let your child know what the consequences will be if they break the rules.
  5. If your child misbehaves, stay calm and give them a clear instruction to stop misbehaving and tell them what you would like them to do instead (e.g., “Stop fighting; play nicely with each other.” Praise your child if they stop. If they do not stop, follow through with an appropriate consequence.
  6. Have realistic expectations. All children misbehave at times and it is inevitable that you will have some discipline hassles. Trying to be the perfect parent can set you up for frustration and disappointment.
  7. Look after yourself. It is difficult to be a calm, relaxed parent if you are stressed, anxious, or depressed. Try to find time every week to let yourself unwind or do something that you enjoy.






Head Start

Head Start Preschool Programs are available for children living near the Southern and Northern Health Clinic Offices.


Head Start is a free, high quality preschool program for low-income children between the ages of 3 and 4 years old. Children receive 2 meals and a snack every day, build social-emotional and school readiness skills through their play with other children and new materials in an exciting learning environment. Head Start staff work with the whole family to build a team that supports your child’s early success!


Contact Robert Fillmore at 269-729-4209 Pine Creek Reservation or Matt Blumke at 616-356-2197 Grand Rapids to find out more about how to apply for enrollment in one of our Head Start classrooms.



Reach Out and Read

Did you know that your child will receive a free book at every well-child visit at the Northern and Southern Health Offices? Reading to your child is one of the most important ways you can help your child be ready for school. Our health care providers have been trained in Reach Out and Read a project developed to help makes sure that children are exposed to reading and literacy early in life.


“Reach Out and Read families read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. These early foundational language skills help start children on a path of success when they enter school.”


Come pick up a book and learn more about your child’s health and development!

Social Emotional Development

Find out more about your child’s social emotional development when you come to NHBP Health Clinic for Well Child Visits. You can see your child’s social emotional development in every tiny little smile and explosive tantrum. Your child is constantly learning to interact with others, manage and express emotions and solve problems.


Children grow and develop at different rates . When you visit the NHBP health clinic for a well-child visit – you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire to find out more about your child’s social emotional development. Your child’s provider can answer your questions and provide information about games and activities that build healthy social emotional development.



Check out this interactive quiz to learn more about social-emotional milestones:



Well Child Visits

Well Child Visits – A quick and easy way to take care of your child’s health.

Stop by the Northern or Southern Offices to see a provider and learn more about your child’s physical and social-emotional development.


The American Academy of Pediatrics has a great article to help you get the most out of well-child visits.