The QFCC recently surveyed more than 4,000 parents and non-parents to better understand what drives help-seeking, help-offering and help-accepting behaviours in relation to parenting in Queensland.
The research, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, shows people find it easier to offer and accept help and support in relation to parenting, than to ask for it.
It also shows around half (53%) of parents surveyed have, at times, found it hard to cope with the stress of being a parent or caregiver. While only 17% of parents have taken up professional support to ease that pressure, 93% who have used a parenting support service or parenting education program feel it made a positive difference for them.
One of the major worries identified by parents is that they will be judged negatively if they admit to any struggles with parenting.
Overcoming this worry and encouraging more parenting styles that include help-seeking, help-offering and help-accepting behaviours is a goal of the QFCC, and we will be working with stakeholders to build this into future community education campaigns.