Mum's Law

Bernadette Ballantyne | Posted 04.02.2016 | 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 18.01.2016 | 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 18.12.2015 | 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 27.10.2015 | 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 11.09.2015 | 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.

No One Wants to Be Normal: So Why Are We Awkward Around Those Who Are Different?

Josie Scantlebury | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Josie Scantlebury

My biggest fear is that as much as we fight, and we all do fight, it can feel like a losing battle for so many people with a learning disability. But I hope that the positive stories of disability manage to get heard more than the negative ones. We need it so badly.

Your Baby's Gaze Can Reveal What They'll Be Like As Adults

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Parents

The length of your baby's gaze could give you a clue as to whether they will suffer behavioural problems when they grow up, a new study has revealed. ...

Is Your Toddler Shy? This Could Be Why...

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Parents

If your child is shy and introverted, new research has revealed it could be because of the bacteria in their gut. Researchers at Ohio State Univers...

Why Women Don't Always Want a Fix

Sophie Deal | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Deal

Stick two people together who have different inclinations along this vast and complicated scale and tensions will naturally arise. Person A can become frustrated with what they may perceive to be a Person B's impulsive behavior. Likewise, B may see the A as cold, unsympathetic or difficult to excite.

Poor Basic Fitness Amongst School Children Highlights Wider Concern

Charlie Rigby | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Charlie Rigby

New research has found that two-thirds of primary school children aren't reaching basic fitness levels for their age group - an awful statistic. Child obesity rates are soaring as a result and this can easily be linked to the decline of sport and exercise. With the emphasis on creating a generation of test-passers and box-tickers, exercise and sport are being neglected in schools.

Having a Laugh in Advertising

Kyle O'Brien | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
Kyle O'Brien

Deconstructing humour isn't funny. Certainly, no joke was ever made funnier by explaining it. "Let me tell you why that's funny," might even be a prelude to getting punched in the kisser at a pub.

Compassion and Kindness

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Compassion is a funny thing isn't it? Human emotions are complicated and difficult to understand; sometimes we can barely understand ourselves, let alone others. Motivations and reasons behind our actions and behaviours and responses can intersect, and finding the true root of a problem can seem impossible at times. Often, it isn't the answer we expect.

How to Break Bad Habits

Maggie Currie | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

Whether it's that perpetual pile of clothes in the corner you're waiting to someday turn into gold, a self-proclaimed disability which renders you unable to refrain from interrupting, or a knack for timing your exit just so, so that someone else is continually left to do the washing up, now's the time to extinguish these habits before they turn into next year's resolutions.

Sweet Relief in Supermarkets

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

It seems that supermarkets have a big role to play when it comes to helping people make better choices. Simple strategies, such as removing chocolate and sweets from checkouts and prompting the sale of fruit and veg, is a start. But can we apply similar ideas throughout the whole store?

The Power of a Positive Attitude to Learning

Julie Booth | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Julie Booth

I am often amazed by just how enthusiastic some children are about school and wonder what it is that sparks a real lifelong love of learning in a child. ..

Revealed: The Top 13 Things Brits Are Scared Of

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In the past, we've met people who are scared of cats, buttons and vomiting, but none of these have made the cut for the top 13 list compiled in a YouG...

WATCH: Take This Quick Test To See If You're A Good Liar

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Lying - some people are great at it (Lance Armstrong practically made an Olympic sport of it) while others are miserably bad. Most people can unde...

Oiling the Wheels in 2014

Gloria Moss | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Gloria Moss

Are these experiences from 2013 familiar? You arrive on a train and are greeted by a message warning of the penalties awaiting those with incorrect tickets; you arrive at a department store and notice a security guard; you are slightly behind with your Council tax payments and a top-hatted bailiff turns up on your doorstep.

Confidence Sapping Friends, Family and Colleagues

Maggie Currie | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

Although it is a well known fact, there are still some people who are totally unaware that the people with whom they have the most contact and hang around will have either a positive or negative effect on their levels of self-esteem and confidence.

Poorna Bell

Should Pregnant Women Automatically Be Offered A Seat? | Poorna Bell | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The question of whether to offer a pregnant woman a seat on public transport or let's say, at the Houses of Parliament may seem like it has a very sim...

You Can't Eat Differently Until You Start to Think Differently

Alan Jackson | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Jackson

"Blimey Sandra that avocado must have been the size of a beach-ball!" An average avocado (150g) contains 240 kcal and Sandra had put on the equivalent of over 10,000kcals or 41 avocados in one week. I worried about this for some time. How could someone see things in such a way that was impossible for someone else to understand?

Is Your Dopamine in the Driving Seat?

Beth Burgess | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

A brain chemical called dopamine may be responsible for more of your choices than you think. This much-misunderstood neurotransmitter, whose original function was to ensure our survival, has been somewhat hijacked by the modern world, meaning that more of us are likely to fall prey to addiction and other unwanted behaviours.

What Unavoidable Giant Object Is Messing Up Your Sleep?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | PA | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The moon has been blamed for many things - triggering aggression, violence and suicide - but now there's a new charge to lay at its door: bad sleep. ...

Woah There, Can You Be That Fussy?

Chanel de Yong | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Chanel de Yong

MY GOD, and I thought I was fussy? Are you that person who asks for extra ketchup or more garlic butter for your pizza at PIZZA EXPRESS, or do you want your dressing on the side?