Being a parent is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world but it takes time and patience to build your relationship with your child, here are our tips to help.
Looking after yourself
When we’re busy raising children we often put ourselves last. But it is easier to look after them if we look after ourselves too. Here are somethings you can do to help yourself:
- Talk to your partner, friends, or family. It helps to talk about how you’re feeling. Speaking to other adults can help give you perspective and they might have advice to offer as well.
- Make time just for you each week. It’s important to take some time for you. It could be a bath, a movie you want to watch, or having a cup of tea with a pal.
- Try to get enough sleep. This might feel impossible at times, but even going to bed a little earlier could make a difference.
- Stay active. You don’t need to join a gym, a walk helps to keep your body and mind active and reduce your stress.
Remember that you’re not alone –all of us struggle from time to time. Talk to someone you trust, like a partner, friend, family member, health visitor or your GP. If you don’t want to talk to someone you know, you can also chat to Parentline or further support is available on the National Family Support Directory.
What if I don’t get it right?
Staying calm when you’re wound up takes practice, so don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t always get it right. All parents lose their temper sometimes, but you can set a positive example to your child by saying sorry if you do.
We know that being a parent is a tough job, and we’re all trying to do our best.
There is also a new law in Scotland which means that from 7 November 2020 it will be illegal to use any form of physical punishment on your child. You can find more information on the new law here.
Free online parenting course
While we know you may be under different pressures right now, you might be interested in looking at this free online parenting course for parents and carers of children aged 0 to 19. The course aims to help parents and carers understand their child’s development, support them emotionally and improve their relationship. For more details and to sign up visit https://inourplace.heiapply.com/online-learning/ and use the code ‘tartan’ to gain free access.