Why we all need support sometimes

As a parent, you will face new and different challenges, but you don’t need to have all the answers, all the time. It’s okay to ask for help and support when you need, and accept when it’s offered.

It can be difficult to be a parent and each family is different, with different circumstances and experiences. Asking for help and accepting support can help take some the strain off you alone, reduce stress and improve your own health.

Talking to your community, friends and family or a healthcare professional can give you access to new ideas and answers, and provide an example to your children that they can ask for help when they need it too.

Reaching out  to the people around you also shows them they are valued and needed and can be an important step in building positive relationships and strengthening your support network.

Image Parent and child engage with friendly staff at a support service

Published — 31 August 2016 Last updated — 04 November 2016

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