Where to find support for parents

Juggling the many parts of family life can be hard sometimes, but having a strong support network can help.

Keeping up with daily life

Family life can feel like a juggling act at times, and it can be difficult to keep everything in the air. Sometimes, you might need practical support for day to day family life; from school pickups, babysitting, getting the groceries or other household tasks, to emergency help. For day-to-day support, your support network is often the people who are close at hand; friends, family, teachers or neighbours who are willing and able to help.

Someone to talk to

You need to take care of you, in order to be able to take care of your children. Personal support can come in the form of adult friendships or relationships, finding someone available and willing to listen and share non-judgemental ideas and advice. First-time parents’ groups or your children’s kindergarten or school can be a great place to meet people who are in the same position as you or share your interests.

Getting informed

Each family is different and parents often learn on the job, so being informed and knowing where to find information can be a big help. You can look into your support network for answers or find further information in books, magazines and articles, or online parenting and health websites.

Some other great sources of information can be:

  • parenting and family support organisations
  • child health and wellbeing centres
  • parenting groups / playgroups
  • schools
  • babysitting clubs
  • libraries
  • government departments.
Seeking professional help

As a parent there will be times you need to seek the advice and support of a professional. You should contact a professional if you:

  • are worried about any aspect of your child’s health, development or behaviour
  • have attempted strategies in parenting books/ brochures and are still struggling
  • are having persistent feelings of depression, anger or resentment towards your child
  • are frequently fighting with your partner, having fights that are not resolved, or if there is violence in your relationship.

For free parenting advice, phone Parentline on 1300 30 1300 between 8am-10pm, 7 days a week. Alternatively, you may wish to visit your community health centre or speak with your child health nurse or a doctor.

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Published — 01 October 2016 Last updated — 14 December 2016