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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...


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...


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...


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...


Spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation involves a young person under the age of 18 being manipulated, forced, pressurised or coerced into taking part in a sexual act in exchange for something – and many parents don’t believe their family is at risk.New...