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Coping with feelings of loneliness as a parent

Being a parent is like being a superhero: everyone else thinks you’re doing a great job. But that can make it harder to admit you’re feeling lonely or isolated. It’s OK to speak up!

It’s hard to realise you feel lonely or isolated even though you have a family, a new baby or a loving partner. It can leave some people feeling guilty, selfish or overwhelmed. And that’s a lot to cope with.

The truth is, more than half of all parents say they feel lonely at some point. When it comes to how you’re feeling, you are not alone!

Five tips for managing loneliness

  1. Try to talk about how you feel or what you think, and not just about what you’ve done (or your kids have done!) when you meet-up with others.
  2. Invite other parents for coffee, to the cinema or for a play date instead of waiting for them to ask first. You never know when someone else feels just as shy about asking!
  3. If you can’t see friends or family as much as you used to, use letters, cards, emails or phone calls to keep in touch instead.
  4. Plan events in advance so you’ve always got something to look forward to. Get a holiday, birthday party, music event or day trip in the diary.
  5. Learning a new skill or discovering more about the world is exciting. You only have to watch your little ones to remember that! Make time to teach yourself or experience something new, too.

Want more advice or support?

You can talk via online chat to our family support workers. They can give you advice specific to your situation and your family.

Visit www.actionforchildren.org.uk/talk

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