Positive parenting has a huge impact but will not on its own radically change life chances

12 January 2016

We welcome the recognition that families are the bedrock of society and that positive parenting can have a huge impact on a child’s life chances. Making parenting classes the norm will help many families to bring out the best in their children and manage the difficulties that all parents face.

However, parenting classes and relationship support will not, by themselves, radically change the life chances of children living in poverty. Families are telling us that despite their best intentions, long working hours and financial pressures are having a detrimental impact on family relationships.  Helping families to achieve a better work-life balance, and financial security, will also need to be addressed if the Prime Minister’s strategy is to work. ”


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