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'It’s troubling to see that so many parents feel isolated.Article continues below...
Having a network that you can call on is vital, to help celebrate your child’s achievements and share those funny moments or the tougher times, which all parents face.
Local services like our children’s centres can offer a real lifeline to parents who feel isolated – somewhere to meet and make friends. Staff there won’t judge if you drop in looking for support, and you can take part in activities like play sessions or parenting classes.'
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'Being a parent is a massive responsibility, but unlike other responsibilities you aren’t taught how to do it. People kept telling me that instinct would soon kick in but it took about three months for me to get to know my baby.'Susan didn’t have many friends who were pregnant or had new born babies and because of a caesarean section she couldn’t drive for 6 weeks, all this combined to leave her feeling isolated. Fortunately she found out about her local Action for Children children’s centre and started attending sessions there. Susan continued: