By Hollie Harris

While bringing up children can be a wonderful experience, it can also be very trying at times.
Parenting can place enormous pressure on your relationship with your partner. Yet a loving and supportive relationship is exactly what you and your partner need most when you are facing the challenges of child rearing.
It seems challenging enough getting through the birth of your baby and learning about feeding and changing nappies.
But as babies develop into toddlers, then into young children and then teenagers, it becomes clear that parenting is one of the most demanding jobs a person can do.
There is no simple guidebook on how to be a good parent, so parents are often left struggling, wondering if they are doing the right thing or whether they are being too easy on their children.
Contrary to what many people believe, parenting is not instinctive or automatic – effective parenting is learned.
Acknowledging that you as a parent are having difficulty with your children is a first step in finding a better way.
Asking for help can give you different options to try in parenting your children and make it easier and more enjoyable once you have mastered these new skills.
Learning relationship skills will help you to build a successful partnership as parents.
Relationship Support Services are available, such as counselling, to assist parent with with difficulties they may have with children. This can include reading material to help parents, to increase their awareness of issues faced by children and how to respond to them.
Family Dispute Resolution Services (family mediation) are available to assist parents to resolve conflict that affects children and this can include development of parenting plans.
There is plenty more to read online at www.raq.org.au