Survey shows ‘bad parent’ is offensive

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A SURVEY has revealed that almost seven in 10 parents think being called a ‘bad parent’ is the most offensive criticism they could receive.

The survey was commission by Home-Start UK, a family support organisation with bases in Gosport and Fareham, and it asked 1,000 people with children under five about parenting.

Not giving your child emotional support was the most common reason that respondents gave for considering anyone a ‘bad parent’.

Manager of Home-Start Gosport and Fareham, Sarah-Jane Scott said: ‘Over the last forty years Home-Start has supported more than a million children and their parents.

‘Our service is non-judgemental, so we would never label people “bad parents”, and we understand the pressures faced by mums and dads across the UK.

‘The survey backs up what we have been seeing since 1973. Our founder realised that when parents cannot cope, children miss out.

‘Parents need non-judgemental support, not criticism or lessons.’