Bringing up children: your views

Key messages received from engagement with those with a parenting role, to help shape the development of the national parenting strategy.

Take time for yourself

Many of you said you need a break from time to time. You told us that having time to yourself to recharge your batteries is very important.

WANTED: Unpaid worker for very demanding job

Skills required:

  • running a household
  • solving problems
  • nursing
  • cooking
  • settling disputes

...preferably all at the same time

Applicants must be:

  • committed
  • flexible
  • very patient
  • imaginative

Applicants must have:

  • boundless energy
  • a sense of humour
  • eyes in the back of their head

Minimum length of service: 18 years.

Training given: None. Job constantly changes. Skills learnt by trial and error.

Holidays and days off: None - nightshifts are also part of the job.

Looking after ourselves is crucial, as the better and happier we feel, the better this will be for children and young people. The job description on this page has been taken from Parent Network Scotland's website which we thought accurately describes the challenges of parenting!

How you treat yourself sets an example for how your children will treat themselves and you.


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