Parent Hotline – Being a parent is hard work

Being a parent is really fun, rewarding, amazing, life changing and exhilarating. But it is also REALLY, REALLY hard work. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change parenthood or my kids for anything in the world. However, it is a full-time job and it requires a huge amount of patience and energy.

Once you become a parent, your attention is diverted to your child’s needs and wants. The change in lifestyle can be a massive shock and it’s easy to forget about you and your own wellbeing. It’s also hard to keep up with our children and know how to deal with certain situations.

I was with a friend last year who reached out saying she was struggling to the extreme and she didn’t know what to do.  Thankfully, she had the courage to talk to her friends and ask for help.  I admit, I had moments when my kids were toddlers where I closed my bedroom door and had a good cry. Groundhog day, loneliness, screaming kids, fighting kids, housework, the constant need to occupy the little folk and everything else in-between is hard work.  These past 12 months I have found parenting teens really hard. I’ve been hit with curve ball situations that I haven’t been prepared for (I would like to share this with you but for the privacy of my kids, I will share when they are older and give approval).

Being a parent is really fun, rewarding, amazing, life changing and exhilarating. But it is also REALLY, REALLY hard work. Parentline is a confidential hotline that offers support, information and counselling for parents of any stage.

After speaking with my friend who was really having a hard time, I thought there has to be something out there. I thought “There is Kids Help Line for kids, there should be one for parents”….. Low and behold, there actually is, but I wasn’t aware of it until I did some research.  This blog post is not affiliated or sponsored by Parentline, I just want to share their details with you, just in case you have moments where you don’t know what to do. I’ve popped their banner in my blog sidebar for easy future reference if you need it.

You don’t have to pretend parenthood is a walk in the park. If you need someone to talk to, Parentline is available.

Being a parent is really fun, rewarding, amazing, life changing and exhilarating. But it is also REALLY, REALLY hard work. Parentline is a confidential hotline that offers support, information and counselling for parents of any stage.

Parentline is a confidential hotline that offers support, information and counselling for parents of any stage. Whether you’re a new parent, a guardian or have grandchildren, they are there to help you. The teams at Parentline are professionally trained to deliver the best support to suit each callers’ needs. They are able to provide referrals to other agencies, information on services, counselling and ideas and resources about parenting.

Benefits to parents and carers:

  • Provides confidence in how to manage parenting issues and situations
  • Reassuring and professional information
  • An opportunity to check your perspective and to get new ideas

Each state in Australia has a dedicated hotline that is available at most hours of the day. They are as follows:

QLD + NT

Opening Hours: 8am-10pm, 7 days a week

Phone: 1300 30 1300 (Cost of a local call)

VIC

Available for parents with children 0-18 years

Opening Hours: 8am-Midnight, 7 days a week

Phone: 13 22 89 (Cost of a local call)

SA

Available for parents with children 0-12 years

Opening Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Phone: 1300 364 100 (Cost of a local call)

NSW

Opening Hours: 9am-9pm Mon – Fri, 4pm-9pm Sat & Sun

Phone: 1300 1300 52 (Cost of a local call)

WA

Opening Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Phone: 1800 654 432 (Free call)

ACT

Opening Hours: 9am-5pm Mon – Fri (Excluding Public Holidays)

Phone: (02) 6287 3833

TAS

Available for parents with children 0-5 years

Opening Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Phone: 1300 808 178 (Cost of a local call)

Being a parent is really fun, rewarding, amazing, life changing and exhilarating. But it is also REALLY, REALLY hard work. Parentline is a confidential hotline that offers support, information and counselling for parents of any stage.

Visit the website here for more information about Parentline.

Have you used this hotline before, can you recommend them?

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5 comments

Tracy May 4, 2017 - 7:15 AM

I had no idea such a thing existed. I wonder why this service is not more publicly advertised? I hope that someone comes across your post, today, and this is just exactly the thing they needed.

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Rebecca Hawkins May 4, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Thanks for sharing this Kat. I think it’s really important for us to be honest about how hard parenting can be. If you are finding it hard, you are not a bad person, you are normal, and there are plenty of people who can help. Don’t feel ashamed. I love my children more than anything, but I have also found that they can make me more angry than just about anything else. There was a time when my anger got to the point that I nearly seriously injured one of my children. I frightened myself so much, and I knew I needed help. I reached out to a few trusted people, afraid of condemnation, but I found understanding and the help I needed to get better. If you find yourself struggling, please talk to someone. There is no shame in asking for help.

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Tracey May 4, 2017 - 7:16 PM

Thanks so much for sharing this….you don’t know how timely it is.

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Sylvia Leggett July 27, 2017 - 8:23 AM

I see this is available in Australia, is it available in other countries as well that you know of? I’m in the USA and I know at times this would be beneficial for many moms. If you find something before I do will you post and let me know? I’ll be researching this myself to see if this is available here, and I’ll post my findings if you haven’t beat me to it slready ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 27, 2017 - 9:11 AM

Hi Sylvia, I just had a look online and I found this site with a list of resources in USA http://www.nationalparenthelpline.org/find-support/state-resources. Hope it helps!

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