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25 August 2015, 07:22
One in five Scottish parents say they feel "cut off" and lonely.
According to new findings released today by charity Action for Children 20% are finding it difficult and feel cut off from their friends and support.
For more than 20% of people it has become worse since becoming a parent.
The importance of having a support network to rely on was also highlighted by parents the charity spoke to, with more than half (57 per cent) saying it is particularly important to have friends who are also parents.
Carol Iddon, Action for Children's director of children's services for Scotland, said: "It's troubling to see that so many parents feel isolated.
"Having a network that you can call on is vital, to help celebrate your child's achievements and share those funny moments or the tougher times, which all parents face.
"Becoming a parent doesn't come with a handbook; you're always learning and as your children grow their needs, and the skills you need to call on as a parent, change.
"Local services like our Family Support Volunteers in Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire can offer a real lifeline to parents who feel isolated - somewhere to meet and make friends. Staff there
won't judge if you drop in looking for support, and you can take part in activities like play sessions or parenting classes."