Welcome to Parental Box!

Parental Box is an information kit on parenthood. Here, you can find help and joy in parenthood, reliably and easily. Finnish researchers and professionals in the field are responsible for the content of Parental Box, and the service is being created together with families. Parental Box is a “mental maternity kit” for all adults close to a baby.

Parental Box consists of two parts: the cards you see below provide first aid. Click on a card to see the text on its reverse side. The other part consists of the website, where the themes of the cards are addressed more broadly, and where personalized service, including the opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, and take part in the research, is offered. We are currently developing this site.

Becoming a parent turns your life upside down and takes it to a whole new dimension. Along with the baby arrive changes, some of which you can prepare yourself for, others come as a surprise. We want to walk with you to provide support and assuredness for your growing family, and help you find the best possible parenthood.

Parental Box has been created to bring joy and assuredness into parenthood.

Parental Box theme cards

Click the card for English text

WHAT IS YOUR BABY’S TEMPERAMENT LIKE?

THE BABY’S MOODS AND STATES

JOY OF BEING TOGETHER

PLAY, SING, DANCE

THE PARENTS’ LIVES CHANGE

EMOTIONS IN THE FAMILY

WHEN THINGS DON’T GO WELL

FAMILIES ARE DIFFERENT

FAMILY AS PART OF THE COMMUNITY

THE CHILD HAS A RIGHT TO GROW IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF UNDERSTANDING AND TENDERNESS

A child must be brought up with understanding, security and affection.

Finnish Act on Child Custody and Right of Access

Helsinki Challenge science competition

Parental Box is taking part in the Helsinki Challenge competition aimed at producing new, research-based solutions for the needs of the whole world, and answering to the 17 UN sustainable development challenges. Parental Box fosters the well-being and rights of children and families, supplies information on early development, busts myths, and creates a foundation for the realization of equal opportunities in education and employment division.

Henkinen äitiyspakkaus tukee vanhempien jaksamista, 18.11.2017

Parental Box vastaa vanhemmuuden globaaliin haasteeseen 1.11.2017

https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/uutiset/kestava-kehitys/parental-box-vastaa-vanhemmuuden-globaaliin-haasteeseen

Parental Box Radiossa, Yle Areena, Ajantasa 3.11.2017:

https://areena.yle.fi/1-4243608

Näin henkinen äitiyspakkaus pelastaisi perheet uupumukselta – Ihmiset voivat henkisesti yhä huonommin, kertoo dosentti

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Thank you for taking part in developing the Parental Box!

Tell us your opinion!

Thank you for giving your opinion on services you have already used, and on the Parental Box theme cards. By answering the questionnaires you help us develop Parental Box to best serve your family. All replies are treated confidentially.

At the moment questionnaires are in Finnish only. See the Finnish pages, please.

”Becoming a parent is an upheaval in your life. With the arrival of a baby, whole new dimensions appear in your emotional scale.”

First families join us

Parental Box is being tested during 2017 and 2018 around Finland. We offer families the opportunity to try out the Parental Box services, and give their opinion on them. Trying out the services costs nothing, and does not commit the families to anything. All information gathered is treated confidentially and according to good research practice.

If you want more information on Parental Box and what trying it out means, get in touch!

Contact us

Parental Box is being built for you by

Lotta Uusitalo-Malmivaara, Docent (Special Education), University of Helsinki

Marjo Hannukkala, Director, The Finnish Association for Mental Health

Risto Hotulainen, Associate Professor, Centre for Educational Assessment, University of Helsinki

Minna Huotilainen, Professor of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki

Arniika Kuusisto, Docent (Educational Sciences), University of Helsinki

Marja-Leena Laakso, Professor of Educational Sciences, University of Jyväskylä

Jukka Mäkelä, MD, Specialist in Child Psychiatry, National Institute for Health and Welfare

Anna-Mari Sajaniemi, MSc (Econ), University of Helsinki

Nina Sajaniemi, Docent (Neuropsychology), University of Helsinki

Hanna Sellergren, Development Manager, The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters
Kaisa Vuorinen, PhD Student (Special Education), University of Helsinki

Ina Majaniemi, illustration of cards