Working with parents: One friendly face can make all the difference

Written by: Karen Hart
25 January 2018

Evidence points to the fact that today’s parents of young children are among the loneliest people in society. Karen Hart looks at the underlying causes and explores how early years practitioners can offer a life-line.


While having children is generally thought of as a blessing, it seems that parenthood is becoming one of the greatest causes of loneliness and isolation in our society.

According to a survey carried out by charity Action for Children last November, more than half of UK parents have suffered from loneliness at some point, while as many as a fifth are still experiencing it.

This bleak picture is corroborated by an online poll conducted by Mumsnet last year, which suggests that having children is a major cause of loneliness – particularly when they are under the age of one.

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