Parenting can be a huge challenge which is why Home-Start UK has just launched six short 'tips for parents' films.

Lasting around a minute each, the films give insight into everyday issues and provide simple tips on common challenges such as how to cope with your baby's crying, how to respond to the relentless questions of childhood curiosity and ways to bond with your unborn baby.

Many parents find it difficult to ask for help, so the films demonstrate to mums and dads that it is normal to become overwhelmed, and that it is okay to ask for, and to accept, help. The films are easy to share and watch on chat groups and social media apps.

Peter Grigg, Chief Executive of Home-Start UK, said: “Our short films give people a range of simple ideas on how to deal with the challenges faced by parents every day. It’s a valuable way to give information. We hope the films also show that receiving advice or asking for support is completely natural. Parenting is tough, even more so since the pandemic. Many people find it difficult asking for help, so we are delighted to create this extra way to support families.”

The new films have been created thanks to the support of RESCUE®, who chose Home-Start UK as their charity partner in 2021. A spokesperson said: “Whether it is navigating a healthy work life balance, the school run or lack of sleep, life can get overwhelming for all of us, even more so for parents with young children. RESCUE® has been supporting millions around the world with their emotional wellbeing for over 80 years and now we want to ensure we help people not only get through those busy days but also get through some of the most difficult situations life might throw at us. We are delighted to be partnering with Home-Start UK to support them in delivering their vital services and creating these timeless and simple steps for support, providing families across the UK with the tools they need to build resilience and cope with life’s setbacks.”

The parenting film collection from birth to toddler years:

Bonding with your unborn baby.

Tara Spence, Chief Executive of Home-Start in Suffolk, said: “You don't need to wait until your baby is born to bond with them. Pregnancy is the perfect time to start getting to know them, and for them to start getting to know you.”

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Helping Your Baby’s Brain To Build.

Ryan Warren, Family Support Coordinator, from Home-Start Glasgow South, said: “Long before they can talk, your baby begins conversations with you. By establishing back and forth responses you can help their brain develop. These moments of connection help your baby feel connected and understood.” 

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Your Baby’s Tears.

Madeleine Jarratt, Family Support Coordinator of Home-Start Merton, said: “Babies cry for an average of two hours a day. Tending to tears can be lonely and overwhelming. Too often we just think it’s normal to struggle. Seeking help if you’re feeling overwhelmed will help both you and your little one.”

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Taking Care of You When You Have A New Baby.

Janine Harris, Volunteer Manager at Home-Start Hertfordshire, said: “Ever feel with a new baby, it’s impossible to complete even the simplest of tasks? You can spend the whole day trying to get a single job done. And the more your tasks add up, the more overwhelmed you begin to feel. If it feels too much, and these feelings don't seem to be going away, it is important to tell someone such as your GP or Health Visitor. Reach out to friends and family for support and accept help.”  

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Learning from Toddler Tantrums.

Saiqa Pandor, Family Liaison Manager, Home-Start Camden and Islington, said: “They can make you want to tear your hair out. Embarrassing in public. Frustrating in private. They usually happen if a child is feeling overwhelmed by an intense emotion which is too big for them to manage. Remember they are only little. Letting it all out is how they express this. Remember, it’s a completely normal and expected part of your child’s development.” 

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Childhood Curiosity.

Fatjona Borizani, Perinatal Health Lead, Home-Start Barnet, said: “ Research shows that between the ages of two and five a child asks around 40,000 questions. But it isn’t easy to be the adult on the receiving end of these non-stop queries. Especially when you may not know all the answers.” You Tube or Website link 

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