From time to time in our missions as parents life can be tough and believe me when I say you are not alone. There is no such thing as a perfect parent so don't believe it for one minute! Everyone has their flaws and at some point or another, every parent needs support.
Below you will find a list of supportive charities and businesses that can help you get your parental mojo back and give you a bit of advice on how to handle the trickier situations!
FAMILY ACTION offers a Digital Parent Support Service which helps to tackle family issues in a new and innovative way by using a network of ‘virtual’ volunteers from across the country to support parents and carers through telephone calls, email and text message.
Check out their website: https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/children-families/dpss/
HOMESTART is a leading family support charity. Thousands of volunteers offer vital support and practical help to families and children facing challenges around mental and physical health, isolation, disability, post-natal depression, money problems and more.
Get in contact with Homestart Dacorum by calling: 01438 36 77 88 or see their website: http://www.home-startherts.org.uk
ADDICTION - If you're worried your child may be using drugs, alcohol or smoking, you can get advice and support from relate. See their website here:
THINKUKNOW - INTERNET SAFETY Offers information to young people and parents about keeping safe online. If you would like to learn more about the dangers the internet poses, if you are worried about who your child may be talking to online or if you have any other concerns regarding your child and the internet, check out their website: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
SEXTING - Everything you need to know about SEXTING - the law, how to have an effective conversation with your child about sexting and what to do if your child has shared or received an explicit image. Check out advice from the NSPCC here:
MENTAL HEALTH - Are you worried about your childs mental health? If you have cause for concern, if you've noticed a change in behaviour or emotional wellbeing, you can call the YOUNGMINDS PARENTAL HELPLINE on: 0808 802 5544 or you can check out their website here:
LGBTQ AND PARENTS - If you think your child might be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning their sexuality, naturally you may have some questions. For information and advice check out Stonewalls brilliant guide for parents here:
BULLYING - If your worried your child is being bullied, you can get some great advice and help from Kidscape. You can check their website out here:
HOLLIE GUARD PERSONAL SAFETY APP - Hollie Guard is a next generation smartphone app that provides enhanced levels of protection. Taking less than 5 minutes to set up, this app could potentially save your childs life. This app turns your phone into a personal safety alarm when shaken for a few seconds it will send the emergency contacts a video (including audio), pictures and accurate GPS location. The app can only stop working when the user enters their birthdate.
This is an absolutely brilliant app to keep young people safe, whilst also respecting their privacy.
NETMUMS - Peer to peer advice for parents, in a forum based website: https://www.netmums.com/