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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...


‘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.


Equal protection: it's time for action

Children 1st's vice-chair, Sandy McDonald, is convinced that the law on physical punishment needs to reflect society's values today.


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...


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