A range of policy initiatives have been introduced in Scotland with the aim of supporting families, increasing parenting capacity, and facilitating early intervention (for example, Early Years Framework; parenting programmes such as Triple P, Mellow Parenting and Webster Stratton/Incredible Years).
The messages promoted are that parenting is a difficult occupation requiring expertise; all parents need help at times; and it is the responsible parent that seeks support. However, explorations
of how parents view and experience support are limited. This small study of six parents aimed to gain insights into how parents conceptualise, experience and manage support in their parenting role in everyday life.