Sometimes being a parent isn't easy, whether you're a mom or a dad. There are challenges that occur every day, and there are times when you don't know where to turn. Sometimes you wonder if you're doing the right thing or if you are even a good parent. Every parent goes through that. It's perfectly normal. Maybe you feel that if you could just vent your frustration, have someone to talk to, and get a bit of advice, that parenting would be a bit easier. Today you can find that help through a new parenting resource, known as the Parenting Assistance Line, or PAL. Here is a closer look at this excellent resource for parents and how it can help you.
What is PAL?
First, you may be wondering what exactly PAL is. Well, it is a Parenting Assistance Line that has been developed as a collaboration between the Alabama Children's Trust Fund and the University of Alabama Child Development Resources. The First Lady of Alabama, Patsy Riley helped to create this special resource for parents. There is a special toll free number that can be called by parents, and when you call, a specialist in parenting resources answers the phone. They will listen to your problems or difficulties and they can also offer you some support and information. When you call, you also can ask for free literature that is related to the specific concerns you are dealing with as a parent.
Who Can Use PAL?
So, who can use this Parenting Assistance Line? This line is designed for parents – any parent that needs some support or information on becoming a more confident and better parent. Not only can parents use this line, but grandparents and other relatives can use the line to get helpful information on the children in their lives. The specialists on the line can help with information and support regarding children from age birth all the way through adolescence.
Why Use PAL?
Why should you use this Parenting Assistance Line? The answer is simple.
Parents have a tough job. There are days when you may feel like you can't go on. Sometimes you may just wish you had someone to talk to that would understand. In fact, you may even feel that you are being a bad parent. It is at these times when you really need someone to talk to that will listen and help remind you that you are a good parent. In some cases, if you just have someone that you can talk to, cry to, or someone to ask questions of, it can make a huge difference.
You'll also find that PAL has a wealth of experience dealing with all kinds of parenting issues. They have answered over 8000 calls already, and they are trained in all manner of topics. Just a few of the issues they are qualified to help you with include divorce, potty training, stress, child development, your own self esteem, and more. If you have issues that are more serious, those taking the calls can refer you to another specialist or service to give you the help that you need. The great thing is that this resource is totally free and when you call, you can know that everything you say is confidential.
The phone number to cal to reach the Parenting Assistance Line is 1-866-962-3030. When you call, your call will be answered by a parenting resource specialist that is trained to deal with your parenting questions and problems. There are certain times when you can call. The line is open 8am through 8pm every Monday through Friday, although you can call and leave a message at anytime. You can also visit the PAL website to find out more about what they have to offer.
They also provide on the site a contact page where you can submit questions and choose whether you want to be answered by mail, phone, or by email.