Amy Packham
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Lifestyle Writer at The Huffington Post UK covering parenting.

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Mum's Family Holiday 'Wouldn't Have Been Possible' Without Help From Selfless Airport Staff Member

(0) Comments | Posted 20 July 2016 | (14:24)

A mother has publicly thanked a member of airport staff for her selfless gesture that saved her family’s holiday. 

Carrie Doyle, her husband Paddy Doyle and their two children had boarded a plane bound for Portugal, at Birmingham airport on Monday 18 July 2016.

But when...

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Six-Year-Old's Act Of Kindness Towards Homeless Man Inspired Others To Follow Suit

(0) Comments | Posted 20 July 2016 | (10:38)

A six-year-old took it upon herself to offer cash and a drink to a homeless man and prompted others to do the same.

The girl’s mother, Kenyatta Lewis from Virginia, US, said they came across the man who was crying as they left a supermarket.

Rather than ignore...

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Thandie Newton Praised For 'Breaking The Taboo' By Publicly Breastfeeding Toddler At Latitude Festival

(0) Comments | Posted 20 July 2016 | (09:33)

Thandie Newton has been praised for breastfeeding her child in public.

The 43-year-old actress shared a snap of herself at Latitude festival breastfeeding her two-year-old son Booker, with the commotion of the festival happening behind her. 

“Perfect happiness @latitudefest, this is what my body is...

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Home-Cooked Food May Contain 'Higher Levels Of Salt And Fats' Than Ready Meals For Babies And Toddlers

(0) Comments | Posted 20 July 2016 | (09:03)

Shunning ready-made meals in favour of preparing homemade food for toddlers may not be the healthiest option, according to a new study

Researchers from the University of Warwick and University of Aberdeen analysed the nutrient content, price and food group variety of 278 ready-made savoury meals...

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More Than A Third Of Kids Are Scared Of Dogs, But Parents Can 'Manage The Fear' With Dogs Trust Advice

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2016 | (14:29)

More than a third of children in the UK are scared of dogs, a survey has revealed.

Out of 2,000 parents surveyed by Dogs Trust, 37% said their child was fearful of dogs and 25% said their child’s fear affects their daily...

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Hundreds Of Children Left Home Alone During Summer Holidays, NSPCC Reveals

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2016 | (12:16)

Parents should think carefully before leaving their children home alone during the summer holidays, the NSPCC has warned.

The national charity’s helpline received 453 calls and emails between July and September 2015 from adults concerned about children left unattended.

Of these calls, more than...

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Parents Warned About The 'Dangerous' Yet Common Pram Mistake Mums And Dad Are Making In The Heat

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2016 | (10:28)

During unexpected heatwaves, parents may be making a common mistake when it comes to sheltering their children in prams, according to a Swedish paediatrician.

Svante Norgren, who works at a children’s hospital in Stockholm, said covering a pram with anything, including a thin muslin cloth, creates a...

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Dad Discovers What His Son Will Look Like In 70 Years Time While At The Supermarket

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2016 | (10:10)

A dad unexpectedly saw into the future during a trip to the supermarket with his toddler son.

The dad was pushing his son in the trolley, when he was struck by a vision of what his boy would look like as an elderly man.

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Mum Writes Heartbreaking Post Urging Parents To 'Hug Babies Tight' After Toddler's Tragic Accident

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2016 | (09:33)

A mother whose son tragically died in a car accident has written a heartbreaking post urging parents to “hold their babies tight”.

Ashley Grimm said she went through “every mother’s worst fear” when a large rock rolled in front of her vehicle in Idaho, US, killing...

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Child's Brutally Honest Poem To Her Uncle Pulls No Punches

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2016 | (09:10)

A girl penned a card for her uncle that started off following the pattern of a love letter, but ended in the most blunt way possible.

Her uncle explained they often send each other funny cards in the post to keep in touch.

“Her latest one really cut me...

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Nine-Year-Old's Sassy Note Proves Kids Know Exactly What To Say To Make Parents Feel Guilty

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2016 | (15:03)

A nine-year-old left a handwritten note for her mum that proves kids know exactly how to pull on parents’ heartstrings.

The girl, known only as ‘Ellie’, had refused to tidy her room which caused her mum to get mad.

“Ellie then declared she wanted to be sold on...

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Adorable Moment Six-Year-Old Keeps Pace With Friend Who Has Cerebral Palsy So He's Not Last On Sports Day

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2016 | (12:40)

The touching moment a six-year-old slowed down during a sports day race so he would cross the finish line with his best friend who has

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Monoamniotic Twins Born Holding Hands Are As Close As Ever, Says Mum

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2016 | (11:23)

Twin sisters who were photographed holding hands when they were born via caesarean two years ago are doing “swimmingly”, their mum has said.

Jenna and Jillian Thistlewaite were born on American  Mother’s Day (11 May) 2014 via c-section after their mum, Sarah Thistlewaite, had a high-risk pregnancy...

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Letters From Camp: Kid Goes Into Too Much Detail When Writing To His Mum

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2016 | (10:57)

A child felt inclined to give his mum the lowdown on his bowel movements while he was away at summer camp.

The hilarious notes, written by a boy known as ‘W’, contain his experiences of farts, “diyareeya” and his bottom-bunk buddy burping.

Photos of the notes...

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Double Pregnancy Announcement: Two Couples Parody 'Shut Up And Dance' With Seriously Catchy Lyrics

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2016 | (09:56)

Two brothers who found out their partners were both expecting a baby at the same time decided to double up on their pregnancy announcement.

Jon Murray and his wife Danielle are expecting their fourth baby and Jon’s brother Aaron and his wife Liz are expecting their second - all within two weeks of each other. 

In what has to be one of the catchiest parody songs yet, the two couples changed the words to Walk The Moon’s ‘Shut Up And Dance’ to fit their own story.

“We knew we wanted the video to be upbeat, positive and really fun,” Jon Murray wrote on YouTube.

“There’s a weird stigma attached to having more than two children these days, especially when you have multiple of the same gender.

“It was important to portray that babies are a joy and your first, second, or fourth, they are each worth singing and dancing about.”

The parody starts off with Jon and his wife Danielle announcing they’re expecting their fourth child.

They sing: “I guess we can’t go back, we’ve already got three.” Instead of: “Oh don’t you dare look back, you’ve got your eyes on me”. 

And: “we’re having one more baby,” instead of “Shut up and dance with me.” 

Half-way through, during the second chorus, Aaron and his wife Liz jump in.

“We are just a small family, we have our little girl but we’re not complete,” they sing.

On the final chorus, the two couples all sing together: there will be “two more babies”.

The video had nearly two million views within two weeks of being uploaded on 4 July 2016. 

Watch the full video above to hear those catchy...

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Tom Fletcher Received Two Very Unwanted Presents From His Toddler On His 31st Birthday

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2016 | (09:32)

Tom Fletcher woke up on his 31st birthday with two unwanted presents from his toddler

Unfortunately, Fletcher, who is dad to Buzz, two, and five-month-old Buddy was faced with two toilet accidents in the living room and bathroom. 

“Woke up to a poop on the...

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Boys Are 'Twice As Likely To Fall Behind Girls' With Their Language Skills In Early Years, Report Finds

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2016 | (09:08)

Boys are almost twice as likely as girls to be falling behind in their language skills by the time they start

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Proud Mum Thankful That Pokémon Go Has Changed Son With Autism's Life: 'We Were In Shock'

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2016 | (08:22)

People of all ages are slowly becoming obsessed with the phenomenon that is Pokémon Go but for some, it’s more than just a game.

Lenore Koppelmon, mum to Ralphie who has autism, said the augmented reality location-based game has changed her son’s life. 

The New-York based...

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Children Who Go To Bed By 8pm Are 'Significantly Less Likely' To Be Overweight As Teenagers

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2016 | (15:40)

Sleep may be even more critical for children than previously realised, according to new research.

Researchers from The Ohio State University found that children aged three to five who regularly went to bed before 8pm were less likely to be obese as teenagers. 

They found delaying...

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Competition: Win One Of 10 Signed Copies Of Jamie Oliver's New Book 'Super Food Family Classics'

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2016 | (14:17)

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Finding inspiration for what to cook for your kids while also keeping it healthy can be challenging.

Luckily, we’re here to help. 

To celebrate Jamie Oliver guest editing

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