'It's Unsurprising That Parents Can Feel out of Their Depth'

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'It's Unsurprising That Parents Can Feel out of Their Depth'


Byline: By JENNY REES Western Mail

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation may be the glamorous upside of a promotion but the reality is a feeling of loneliness and isolation for working parents, a new report reveals today.

Almost half of all parents who call the Parentline Plus helpline say they feel alone, with the vast majority pointing to the lack of family support as the reason.

While TV programmes featuring househunters relocating because of work have become all the rage, workers who up-sticks are often left with no one to turn to and share their problems, sorrows or joys of family life, the charity said.

'Family life is in a state of change - rates of separation and divorce are very high; the traditional concept of the extended family supporting each other within a given community is the exception now rather than the rule,' the report stated.

'Families are often on the move because of work or change in finances and the sense of local community is weakened.

'Families are more divergent - with some having children very young, and many others having children at a later age.

'It is unsurprising that parents sometimes feel out of their depth as they struggle to bring up their children without the traditional recourse to supportive informal networks of families and friends.

'We at Parentline Plus therefore are deeply concerned about the fact that parents without the very basic informal networks could be facing enormous difficulties in ensuring their children are happy and safe.'

Janet Reed, head of sales effectiveness at British Gas, said, 'Families are relocating far more frequently as the jobs market is far more fluidly than it used to be and due to the tendency for there to be a greater number of households where both partners work.

'As a national employer, British Gas aims to assist its top performing staff to move around the business to improve their knowledge of the business and to develop their skills sets. …

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