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ParentLine tips for surviving Christmas (and keeping its true spirit!)

As part of Children 1st's #GiveTheGift appeal, our ParentLine helpline want to share their 10 top tips for a stress-free Christmas (while keeping its true spirit alive!) To gift the gift of love, joy, hope or magic to someone special...


‘Smacking ban’ or Equal Protection? Sorting the myths from the facts

There has been no shortage of commentary about the Scottish Government’s announcement that it will ensure John Finnie’s proposed Member’s Bill to give children equal protection from assault becomes law. While much of the media coverage has been supportive, some...


Being a Dad

Children 1st Dads Worker Niko blogs about how we can support fathers to achieve the best outcomes for their children.


The lines we don't cross

As Children 1st campaigns to give children #EqualProtection from assault, ParentLine’s Ann Jarvis has some thoughts about alternative ways to approach children’s behaviour when things get fraught.


No man is an island

On Father's Day, ParentLine call-taker Richard Andrews thinks 'strong' men shouldn't be scared to talk about their worries. Richard AndrewsWe men like to feel that we are strong, that we are independent and that we don’t need other people. We...


Soul food

Connie is one of our support workers, based in Edinburgh. As well as helping families to have the confidence to prepare healthier, nutritious meals on a budget, she explains how cooking can help open up deeper conversations about where families...


Protecting children and relationships - even when it's tough

As parents we want to bring our children up to be healthy, happy and secure. And, we know that the relationships we build with our children, from their earliest moments in the womb, through their development as toddlers, children and...


Working it out - without the guilt

Are you a parent who’s returned to work after the Christmas break? How was it? Some parents dread the thought and feel guilty about spending less time with their children, while others can’t wait to get themselves and the whole...


Should we encourage our children to lie?

On the face of it this question seems a no brainer. Of course there are issues with children lying! It can be exhausting when young children deliberately lie. I remember myself being asked “Did you cut your hair”, at the...


Leaving home

ParentLine volunteer Helen on why out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind when it comes to children. When it comes to bringing up children, it’s fair to say that there is an endless stream of milestones to meet and...


Children’s fears of terrorism are real – but parents can bring proportion

“Will our airport blow up?” Kirsty asked. It seemed an unusual question but her mum knew why she was asking. For the last week Kirsty had been talking about the terrorist attack in Brussels after seeing the start of the...


Can we teach empathy?

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle What is empathy? Empathy involves being able to identify emotions, understand and explain emotions, and respond appropriately to those emotions. At its heart lies an awareness...


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