Family / Children

Family / Children


A good upbringing is fundamental to your child's life. How much pocket money children should have, how much time is appropriate for computer games and television, and what it can mean for a child to grow up in another country - you can find answers to these and other questions in the Children: Education section.

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01. What do I need to pay attention to when raising my child?

  • Raising my child is difficult:

Helpful tips can be found on the website of the Child Protection Switzerland.
Raising children can be very demanding and push you to your limits. The Parent Emergency Call offers support.
Violence against children is prohibited in Switzerland. Information and tips on non-violent parenting can be found at here.

  • Limits and freedoms

Children need:
Open spaceswhere they can make their own experiences
Boundaries as protection and orientation
Talk to your child about rules, boundaries and the freedoms that go with them.

  • My child often says, "Everyone else gets to do it but me!" How should I respond to that?

Almost all children put pressure on their parents with such and similar phrases. The word "all" is never true with rules and boundaries because each family must find its own rules. Talk to your child and explain the boundaries that have been set.

  • Media consumption:

Guide values:
1st to 3rd grade: max. 30 minutes per day
4th to 6th grade: max. 1 hour per day
Upper school: max. 2 hours per day

You can find information under

  • Consumption of illegal substances (alcohol, illegal drugs):

For information on dealing with young people who use addictive substances, see here.
If you have any questions, you can contact the addiction counseling Obwalden addiction counseling(at) turn.

02. I have questions about raising my children. Can anyone help me?

In Switzerland, there is a wide range of services that offer support for parents, families and children. The consultations are mostly free of charge.

The Mothers and fathers counseling of the Canton of Obwalden is located in Sarnen. There you will find professionals for questions about the development of infants and young children.
Maternal and paternal counseling Obwalden
Brünigstrasse 114
6060 Sarnen
Tel. 041 662 90 90

The School social workers and the school psychological service are responsible for the schools, school children, adolescents and their families. They advise on learning difficulties, behavioral problems or school career issues and recommend supportive measures.
School Psychology Service Obwalden
Brünigstrasse 178
6060 Sarnen
Tel. 041 666 62 55

Simple explanations with many tips offer the "Pro Juventute letters to parents". From birth to 6 years of age, you will receive regular information related to the age and current developmental steps of the child. For foreign-language parents, Pro Juventute has developed the brochure "Our Child" in Albanian, Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil and Turkish. These brochures also cover the period from birth to 6 years of age, one brochure per year.

The youth and parent counseling in Sarnen can help you in problem situations. If necessary, intercultural translators or cultural mediators can be consulted.
Youth and parent counseling Obwalden
Village square 4
6060 Sarnen
Tel. 041 666 62 56

Would you like to support your child's development, strengthen his urge to learn - but feel that you need support? This is where the early intervention program helps you " On the way".

On the page of the Parent Emergency Call you will find help from professionals 24 hours a day.

03. How much pocket money do I give my child?

The following figures can be used as a guide:

  • from 6 years: Fr. 1.- per week
  • from 7 years: Fr. 2.- per week
  • from 8 years: Fr. 3.- per week
  • from 9 years: Fr. 4.- per week
  • 10 and 11 years: Fr. 25.- to Fr. 30.- per month
  • 12 to 14 years: Fr. 30.- to Fr. 50.- per month

You can find an overview on the topic of pocket money here.

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