There is no single textbook to help parents bring up their children, despite a plethora of ‘how-to’ guides and internet blogs which can confuse the new parent, especially those that claim to hold all the answers. In reality, parenting is a mix of learned behaviour, social influence and instinct. When the state, in the form of social workers and other professionals, becomes involved, it is even more difficult to make decisions about acceptable or ‘good enough parenting’ (Cleaver et al. 1999, 2011; Caldwell & Taylor, 2017). This chapter will present a historical and theoretical view of parenting before going on to explore some of the psychological challenges in contemporary parenting.
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