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Barnardos released findings of a survey of over 1,500 parents into what it's like to be a parent in Ireland today. The survey revealed the majority of parents feel overwhelmed at times, over one-third of parents (36%) feel they do not receive enough support and almost half of parents (44%) reported that spending enough time with their children was their biggest challenge.
Barnardos released findings of a survey of over 1500 parents into what it's like to be a parent in Ireland today. The survey revealed the majority of parents feel overwhelmed at times, over one-third of parents (36%) feel they do not receive enough support and almost half of parents (44%) reported that spending enough time with their children was their biggest challenge.
Fergus Finlay, Barnardos CEO said "Our survey confirms that parenting isn't always easy - 95% of parents reported feeling overwhelmed at times. We know all parents need support sometimes, we also know that the whole family reaps the benefits when parents are supported to be the best they can be. Worryingly, 36% of parents said they don't feel supported and only 2% of parents turn to public services first when they need support. It is vitally important that parents can get the help and support they need, when they need it and where they feel most comfortable.
We know the parent-child relationship is the biggest factor in facilitating positive emotional development in children. It is immensely helpful for a child to have a supportive adult in their lives who can spend regular dedicated quality time with them. Yet 44% of parents reported that spending enough time with their children was their biggest challenge."
"Barnardos works with parents daily to support and improve their parenting capacity and to be aware of the importance of a nurturing, loving and stable environment so they can fully respond to children's needs. Through our LOST Childhood campaign, we know that 1 in 7 children are lost to homelessness, poverty and neglect. As part of this campaign we are calling for greater availability of timely community and public based family support services. Supporting parents' guarantees to reduce incidences of neglect and ensure children can reach their potential. Join our campaign at www.barnardos.ie/lost ".
The survey findings were released as part of a seminar targeting parents entitled 'Emotional Development - Unlocking your child's potential'. This seminar was facilitated by Dil Wickremasinghe (journalist and parent) with a range of child development specialists on hand to answer questions and provide practical guidance and insights on how to support children's emotional development.