The parent/child relationship is the foundation to keeping children safe and supporting their social development and educational attainment. Parenting can be a challenging task. Maintaining a positive relationship can sometimes be difficult as children grow and develop and seek an identity that may be different from their own family.
TALKING TO YOUR TEENAGER
Getting teenagers to talk openly about what’s bothering them can be hard. You can find some useful to help get them talking to you about their worries on the NHS website here.
Speak with counsellors online and find practical guides for relevant issues here.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
You will find information about the support your child can get and how you get it here.
SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD THROUGH EXAMS
You will find some excellent advice on the BBC website here.
SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD AT UNIVERSITY
Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. They recognise that the transition from school to university can be quite a significant challenge for not only a young person, but for their parents too. They offer parental support here.
The NSPCC offers advice to help you understand what gender identity is and how to support a child here.
Advice and guidance for parents and carers can be found here.
The Proud Trust is primarily an organisation that works with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people, but they do recognise that both parents of LGBT young people and LGBT parents might also need a bit of advice, information or support so they have put together a list of organisations that can help, which you can find here.
Manchester Parents Group is a voluntary organisation which supports families and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. You’ll find their website here.
Mermaids is a charity that has support transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families since 1995. You can find helpful advice and support for parents here.
ADOLESCENT TO PARENT VIOLENCE
Child to Parent Violence (CPV) is a pattern of physical, psychological and emotional behaviour seen in children and adolescents who cannot regulate their feelings in other ways and/or have a great need to gain control over their parent/s or carers. In families who experience CPV, violence as well as destructive behaviour by the child are more often than not the most pressing concern; it has the potential to destroy families.
PAC-UK offers advice here.
Family Lives offers advice here.