Being a parent is a full time job that we find ourselves doing this with no training
and sometimes little experience of children. Although it is extremely rewarding and
fun it can at times be very demanding and stressful. Children develop in different
ways and travel through many different stages. During these times we can find ourselves
feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what is the best way to approach certain situations
(did I mention the dreaded tantrums).
However, don't despair!! Support is out there and by attending your local Midlothian
Sure Start Centre you can come along and meet me! Unfortunately I am not able to
wave a magic wand and change everything overnight, but you can join a group and hopefully
leave the feeling behind that you are the only one out there who is finding the job
of being a parent tricky (at the moment). However, you can find out about how to
deal with the dreaded tantrums, sleepless nights and fussy eating. During this time
you can meet new people, share ideas and feel that you are a person again and not
just "Joe's mum or dad".
PEEP (Peers Early Education Partnership) is also available at most centres. This
is an opportunity for making the most of everyday activities in a fun and secure
environment. It is a place to have fun with your child.
PEEP includes stories, signing and rhyme time so come along and give
it a try.
If I can help with any parenting matter or find you a Peep Group
Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust's Early Years Programme for children aged birth to
five and their families. Through Bookbug free packs of books are gifted to all children
in Scotland at six weeks, 18 months, three years and P1 pupils. Bookbug Sessions
are free singing and rhyming sessions for children which take place in libraries
and other community venues across Scotland. www.scottishbooktrust.com/bookbug
Bookstart is a national scheme offering free books to every child. It encourages
parents and carers to share books with children from an early age.
Parentline Plus is a national charity providing support for parents via a range of
services. They work with parents and carers not only to support their family life,
but to build confidence and skills.