20 Times My Toddler Out-Diva'd Mariah

Lyndsey Stoner | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Lyndsey Stoner

Let's face it, Lila just can't find the staff these days. I pander to her whims based on a battle to battle evaluation; The bottom line being how prepared I am to deal with a mini-person literally melting onto the carpet.

Adoption, I'm Sorry It's Not Like The Movies

Al Coates | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
Al Coates

You've probably seen Annie or Oliver so you know about adoption? The tear stained lovable but unloved child that overcomes adversity to make good with some benevolent and well healed adoptive parents.

My Daughter Will Never Disappoint Me

Maddy Matthews | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

From a young age we all grow to fear our parents uttering those soul-crushing words - "I'm not angry. I'm just disappointed". Our parents could shout at us for hours on end and nothing would compare to the intolerable, sick-to-the-stomach feeling of knowing that they are disappointed in us. Even as an adult, we dread hearing those words.

Why A Starfish Beach May Not Be Paradise

Tash Walker | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tash Walker

So I think I'm a coconut person, but really I just like the coconut ones in the Quality Street tin. This is not the same as being a coconut person. In life, what we think we want isn't always what we mean or what we need.

30 Questions To Investigate Your Child's Beliefs

Veronica Owusu-Byczkowska | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Veronica Owusu-Byczkowska

So how do we as parents arm our children with beliefs that actually empower them? But most importantly, how do we, first and foremost, spot self-limiting beliefs in our children before they grow too deeply into the subconscious mind and hold tight with clinging roots?

Can Too Much TV Affect Our Children's Behaviour?

Laura Tysoe | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Tysoe

The boys were told that if they couldn't find something to play together, I would happily provide them with handwriting and maths worksheets. (This is a benefit of being a primary school teacher - I have these things in abundance!)

In The Year Of 'Clean Sleep', Parents Need To Question A Diagnosis Of ADHD

Diana Hill | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Parents
Diana Hill

Respected American writer Alan Schwarz, author of ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma and the Making of an American Epidemic, argues too that 'just because a child has a difficult time paying attention or sitting still in school does not mean they have a potentially lifelong brain disorder'.

Increasing Self-Respect And Self-Belief

Gemma Bailey | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gemma Bailey

This means that small tensions can easily escalate and in school this takes away from precious teaching time. The impact this has on their longer term attainment is that they may be unable to meet their full potential and can at times hold back other pupils in the class with the distractions they create.

When You Don't Deal With Anger...

Gemma Bailey | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gemma Bailey

I have to say, I do not know how technically true it is (though it makes a great deal of sense if it were true) that toddlers who do not have their tempers attended to appropriately end up having temper tantrums as teenagers, and if they still do not have those tantrums addressed as teenagers...

Disappointment; The Importance Of Its 'Sting'

Clare Smith | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Smith

I think back to the times that I've really felt aggrieved. It was usually because it was from the people that I least expected it from. I didn't see it coming. I think the biggest disappointments always come from those that you know

Who Should Discipline Your Child?

Jaki Jelley | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Parents
Jaki Jelley

I'm talking about every day. When you are with your child. Whether you're out and about. In a soft play area. A playground. A restaurant. A friend's house. Do the people you are with, or around, have the right to speak to them in a way, that should be reserved for the parent?

Are You Scared To Go Outside Your Comfort Zone?

Karen Pine | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

It's so easy to stay settled in our comfort zone waiting for 'someone' to come along and tell us it's OK to leave. Only we can give ourselves that permission. We can quieten that voice in our heads that says "you're not allowed to do that' and shout back: "Actually I am!"

How To Manage Your Kid's Back To School Behaviour

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Parents

After six weeks of lie ins, trips away and no school work, it’s no wonder some children find it hard to get into the back-to-school routine. The ret...

8 Things Children Think They Get Away With And Parents Don't Notice

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Parents

All children think they can outwit their parents, forgetting that we once were also kids (albeit a long time ago) and know all their tricks. You real...

How To Get Your Children To Talk About Their Day

Written by Mary Common | Phillip Othen | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Parents

Your chatty children leave for school in the morning and seven hours later they've morphed into monosyllabic-grunt buckets muttering, "Dunno... Can't ...

Boys Don't Cry?

Nick Harding | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Harding

I've not been privy to my own father's tears. I've seen him get worked into advance states of exuberance and dejection at West Ham football matches but I've never seen him have a proper sob. I'm not sure I'd want to. The awkwardness would hang in the air and embarrass us both.

Three Reasons Why Feelings Matter in Business

Lucy Griffin-Stiff | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK
Lucy Griffin-Stiff

Simple really, people have feelings. Customers, employees, and pets, all have feelings. We care about feelings The customer experience and employee...

Why Is My Dog Refusing Food?

Kristina Johansen | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kristina Johansen

It can be distressing when our dog stops eating and continually refuses their food. Before long we start to panic and try and tempt them with goodies from our own plate. Whilst understandable it's probably not going to help and may actually end up making matters worse.

All Branches Lead to Darwin

Philippa Brakes | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK Tech
Philippa Brakes

He knew that behaviour was an important player in the evolutionary game. He was also aware that not all behaviours were inherited and some appeared to be acquired (learnt from each other) and he noted that some behaviour may be beneficial to the group rather than the individual.

Mum's Law

Bernadette Ballantyne | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK Parents
Bernadette Ballantyne

So says Murphy's Law, which got me thinking that there is definitely a version of this for Mums.

Smacking Children 'Affects Their Mental Health'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents

Parents using smacking as a form of discipline could be affecting their child's mental health, a psychiatrist has claimed. Dr Ronald W. Pies, prof...

Growing Disquiet Among Scottish Teachers About Pupil Discipline

Chris Keates | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK
Chris Keates

Maintaining high standards of education and closing the attainment gap are key concerns for schools, parents, the public and politicians.

Is it Time to Stop Using Santa to Discipline Our Children?

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Madeleine Thompson

The parent used the threat of Santa in an almost chilling way. This parent went on to tell her child that she was going to report him to Santa and Santa would not be coming, under any circumstances. Her tone was serious, her face scary, and her manner was intimidating even to me.

The Stress-Free Way to Discipline Your Kids!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Parents
Kerry Gibb

This morning I woke up well and truly sick of constantly thinking up punishments for my kids when they misbehave. The more that I thought about it, the more I realized that the naughty acts are generally towards each other.

Don't Pick Your Battles

Melissa Hood | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Parents
Melissa Hood

We need to make sure we avoid the terminology of battles even in our own minds because language shapes our experience and the more we talk or even think about battling with our kids the more that will happen. That's how our brains work.