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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...


Should we encourage our children to take risks

Matthew Slavin, National Kinship Care SupervisorWe often receive calls from carers worried about their children’s risk-taking behaviour. Whether that’s concerns about mixing with the wrong crowd or their online activity, there’s always the same want to protect and nurture our...


Strengthening relationships in South Ayrshire

Children 1st local team leader Edie Scobie explains how we’re making a difference to children and families in South Ayrshire.Much of our family support work in South Ayrshire is based around parenting programmes. That phrase, ‘parenting programme’, might seem a...


Helping parents when their child needs help

On UN Day of Parents, helpline volunteer Antonia Hamilton writes about how she supports parents worried about bullying and social media – and how she keeps up with the complexities of life today.I recently read an article about a school...


Making a difference for parents and carers

ParentLine Scotland is the national helpline, email and web-chat service for anyone caring for or concerned about a child. Manager Alan Forgie explains the difference it’s making to children and families across Scotland.Each spring, as one financial year ends and...


That Friday feeling comes to Glasgow Gorbals

When Children 1st starts work with a child or family it’s because they are going through difficult times and we believe we can help. Our family support workers focus on enabling them to cope better, to feel more included, and...


Spread the word to support victims of crime

Today is European Victims’ Day, and the start of a week-long campaign launched by Victim Support Scotland. In this guest blog, VSS explain why they're calling on the people of Scotland to raise awareness of the vital lifeline they offer...


ParentLine - a lifeline during children's early years

Becoming a parent makes absolute beginners of us all. You might prepare by reading books, or by asking other parents for tips. But acting on such advice doesn’t necessarily give you the results you hoped for. Or, what worked with...


Keep calm and stay connected

Mary GlasgowIt’s Safer Internet Day. Today our Director of Children and Family Services, Mary Glasgow, takes part in a panel discussion at a Microsoft conference alongside the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), Young Scot, the Safer Internet Centre...