What is Parenting Week?
Parenting Week is a celebration of the important role parents play in their children's lives.
The week takes place every October, in 2022 Parenting Week will be from Monday 17th - Friday 21st October. We know this is a difficult time for families, particularly with the cost of living crisis, therefore this years theme is ‘appreciating and valuing parents’.
As well as celebrating the amazing, and often difficult, job parents do, the week gives us as an organisation an opportunity to focus on a issues affecting parents and to highlight the support available.
Why is it important to celebrate parenting?
Parents have an incredibly special role to play within our society - they are raising our future generation. Whilst most people would agree that this is an important and at times difficult job, often the expectations the society place on parents can make their job much more challenging.
Parenting has changed over the generations. In our grandparent's generation stress was generally about providing for children’s practical needs e.g. food and clothing. Today, parent’s stress may be caused by these practical needs but also around expectations and “getting parenting right”. Parents are facing new challenges as technology develops and the influence of social media.
Parenting NI has a vision of a future where parenting is highly valued and so we believe it's important to take Parenting Week to recognise the important role parents have to play in children's lives and highlight the amazing job they do every day.