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Is your child starting school? A head teacher's tips for emotional wellbeing

As little children across Scotland get ready to start school for the first time, families are making all the final preparations. New uniforms, bags and pencils. But what of the emotional preparations that are needed? We talked to Geraldine Smith,...


A nanny recommends...summer around Scotland

Rachael With the summer holidays now in full swing, Parentline volunteer and part-time nanny Rachael has a whistle-stop tour of activities around Scotland to keep the kids entertained without breaking the bank. Scotland is full of interesting museums of art,...


Left to their own Devices?

“They gave her the Device when she was only two years old. It had a sophisticated graphical interface, sending signals along her optic nerve that swiftly transported her brain to an alternative universe – a captivating other world. By the...


The space to find your own solutions

In this blog, ParentLine volunteer Lizzie explains that: "In a world where everything’s going at 90 miles an hour, ParentLine gives you the space, time and support to think about parenting." We’re somebody detached to talk things through with. We’re...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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