How confident are you in your parenting skills?

Being a parent is hard, you have to keep your child happy, healthy, well behaved and get them to adulthood in one piece. To achieve this parents have to wear many hats: teacher, nurse, therapist, sports coach, careers officer, police, children’s entertainer, chef and that’s just to name a few. It’s the role of a lifetime, but when it comes to being all we are expected to be as parents how confident are we in our parenting skills?

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According to a new study by online parenting resource Essential Parent, a lot of parents admit they would struggle to identify the signs of meningitis, spot if their child was being bullied – or even perform CPR on a baby or child.

Millions also lack confidence in how to feed their newborn and how to monitor their children and teenagers online to keep them safe.

A staggering nine in 10 mums and dads aren’t confident they could spot the signs of meningitis early on, with a quarter admitting they don’t feel at all sure they would be able to tell the difference between the deadly illness over a common cold or flu.

The report highlighted the idea that many parents struggle to find reliable resources to teach them what they need to know as parents.

Dr Rebecca Chicot, child development expert and co-founder of Essential Parent, said: “The knowledge and reassurance that used to be passed down from mothers and grandmothers, has been replaced by advice from many different sources, many of which are contradictory, opinionated and not based on scientific evidence.

“Parents are hungry for knowledge, which ideally should come from a trusted expert source of evidence based information.

“We know that online video is the preferred search for parents these days – they need information that is easily accessed and absorbed while they’re on the go, via a smartphone – and have designed all of our content accordingly.

“We created Essential Parent with exactly this in mind, and have brought together a cohort of the UK’s leading experts and expert organisations including leading paediatricians, GPs, nutritional scientists, breastfeeding advisors, health visitors and psychologists to help support parents, whether they have a newborn, pre-schooler or teenager.”

What do you think? Is there too much conflicting research out there that it makes knowing what to do as a parent hard? Are you more likely to read a book or watch a video when it comes to bridging a gap in your parenting knowledge? Do also let us know any areas you are not confident in when it comes to parenting.

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