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Family life is full of ups and downs and decisions to make. But there's a lot of good, support and information available for parents and carers. Here you can access free parent resources, support networks and parent helplines on a range of topics.

Helplines for parents and carers

If you just need to talk to someone, go to our helplines page which lists useful contact details for organisations such as Parentline Scotland, NHS 24 and the Samaritans.

Please note: although we do our best to include only good sources of support and information, we cannot take responsibility for them (see our disclaimer).

Hot topics

Recently we've been asking parents and carers which parenting issues they struggle to find enough good information on. So here we aim to fill the gaps with some straightforward tips and where to go for more information and support.

Our first hot topic is online safety.

Pregnancy and babies

Every pregnancy and birth is different and life-changing. As wonderful as it  can be, becoming a new parent is demanding, so it's important to get help when you need it.

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Toddlers and pre-school

Young children are amazing and often exhausting. Along with the hugs and smiles, may come tantrums and floods of tears. Toddler years are wonderful but there may be times when you're worried about your child.

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Age 5-12

Starting school marks the beginning of a more independent life for your child, and a new range of issues for parents and carers: friendship ups and downs, getting in trouble, learning difficulties, bullying...

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Relationships, independence, body image, school pressures - the teens can be tough all round. If you’re feeling the strain, you are not alone!

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Parents and carers

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and relationships change. Whether you're living together or apart, it's important to make sure your children grow up in a secure environment.



There's been an upsurge in free advice and information for dads lately, so we've brought together a good selection of websites, booklets and videos on pregnancy, birth, fatherhood and family life.

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