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Although there’s no doubt that having children enriches our lives, being a mum or dad can seem isolating at times. How often have you gone through an entire day and realised that you haven’t had one adult conversation?
It’s just one of those things that comes with having children that no one quite warns you about. But if you do ever feel confused or concerned, there are plenty of great online resources out there to give you help, advice or simply the necessary reassurance that you’re not alone.
Help and advice
If you need help, Barnardos is a great place to start. They offer a range of services for parents, including Family, Early Years and Teen Parent support.
Parentline offers support and guidance for parents, with phonelines open, even if you just need someone to talk to.
One Family is committed to achieving equality and respect for all families. They offer support and information to all members of one parent families and those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.
Sheila O’Malley is one of Ireland’s leading parenting experts, offering one-to-one support as well as parenting talks to organisations. Her website has an informative advice-based blog as well as parenting videos.
Cura offers support to those who need help with a new baby or for those facing a crisis pregnancy. Their services are free and confidential over the phone or in person.
Teenbetween offers advice for teenagers of separated parents. They also provide advice for parents on supporting their teenagers as well as themselves..
Schooldays is a website with a wealth of advice for mums and dads on a range of topics such as general parenting, education, health and nutrition and internet safety for children.
As parents, we want to protect our families as much as we can. Taking out life insurance can give you the assurance you need that your kids and loved ones will be taken care of, should anything happen.
Connecting with other parents
As well as new stories and advice articles, Mummypages also has a forum where parents can talk and discuss all topics regarding raising children.
If you’re feeling particularly isolated and need to widen your social circles, joining GirlCrew is a great way to get out there and meet like-minded local women.
Irish parenting websites
Rollercoaster is a website for parents with blog articles and advice on all stages of parenthood, from getting pregnant to raising teenagers. It also has a forum for parents and those hoping to become parents, to chat and connect with each other.
HerFamily is an extension of the popular Her.ie website and is fantastic online resource for parents. The website is packed full of great parenting, pregnancy and family articles, with a bit of celebrity gossip thrown in for good measure.
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