Child Care

Why You shouldn't Suffer From Working Parent Guilt

Erin Balfour | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Erin Balfour

Watching your parents do their own thing not only forces you to face and tackle boredom, it inspires you to perhaps try out for yourself what's interesting them so much. We've no heroes these days, really, apart from ready-made 'reality' stars, catapulted into fame with no hard work behind them. What on Earth are we teaching our little ones?

A Token of Affection

Emma Campbell | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Campbell

Jake was six when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. About to start chemo and therefore about to see my appearance dramatically alter I knew I had no choice but to try and explain to him in simple, non scary terms what was happening. "Mummy's got a nasty lump," I said as we sat together in the kitchen one sunny afternoon.

Forget 'Organic' For Under 5's!

Nigel Denby | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nigel Denby

I'm a registered dietitian and run an Early Years' nutrition project working with tens of thousands of under 5s in the UK. And I'm sick and tired of Yummy Mummies bringing their fads and fancies into the Nursery, forcing their growing children to endure their parents latest 'craze'.

Is 50 Too Old to Have a Baby?

Jessica Hepburn | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hepburn

Last week, health ministers revealed that the number of women giving birth over the age of 50 had more than doubled in the past five years. On average three babies are now being born to women in their 50s every week.

School Places: Everyone Only Wants the Best for Their Children Right?

Francesca Richards-Spiller | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Francesca Richards-Spiller

Defining children according to wealth or merit in specific subjects sits very uncomfortably with me. What about supporting kids' interests, building on enthusiasm? What about maintaining friendships between kids of different social backgrounds rather than keeping them in separate worlds? Isn't it heartbreaking when children are separated from their best friends...

Speed-Dating for Toddlers: A Solution to Britain's Adoption Crisis?

Ben Acheson | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Acheson

In an ideal world, nobody would need to be adopted, but this is not an ideal world. Adoption parties cannot prevent a child being taken into care, but they can help take them out of care. They give 'hard-to-place' children a greater chance of placement. They tackle some endemic problems in the adoption process.

International Women's Day - No More Flowers, Please: Time for the UK to Put its Own House in Order

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

International Women's Day is an official holiday in Azerbaijan, amongst 27 countries. Unfortunately, it is also an unofficial one for many women in the UK, those who would prefer to be working but cannot afford to do so, largely because of child care issues.

Why Does Reading Makes Christmas So Special for UK Children?

Alison David | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

Imagine a family - mum, dad and children, all in their pyjamas - snuggled up together on the sofa, drinking hot chocolate and listening to dad read a favourite Christmas story. No, it's not a flashback to the 1950s; it's what parents have told us they will be doing this year.

A Diary of a Mum-to-be: The Second Trimester and Making Time to Relax

Louisa Daniels | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

To come back to worrying for a moment, I want to share with you the things that have concerned me, and made me rush to hospital to get checked out. I have had skin reactions: red bumps on my legs in the hair follicles, and huge lumps under my arms.

Blanket Censorship Will Lull Parents Into a False Sense of Security

Diane Duke | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Tech
Diane Duke

Yes, as the UK government's paper so aptly calls it 'Basically...Porn is Everywhere'. Pornography is about sex and nudity which, whether you like it or not, is a fundamental part of our being. It is also regulated and legal in the UK (that's another issue). So when it comes to protecting our children's welfare we need to address the issue of pornography in an adult way.

Is Surrogacy for You?

Susan Eskinazi | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Eskinazi

Although surrogacy has provided a great opportunity for many same sex couples to have children, is it something you should consider and is it right for you?

Boys and Reading - There Is Everything to Play for!

Alison David | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

While parents might long for their sons to read the classics, they have to start somewhere and books based on digital properties, magazines and comic style books are as good a place as any.

Is My Child Normal?

Sandi Mann | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

The reality is that most parents just want their children to fit in, to be socially acceptable, thrive at school and yes, be 'normal'. The idea that any difficulties might be due to a labelled syndrome, or 'special needs', is a frightening prospect for most. So, how can you tell if your child is 'normal'?

The Magic of Children's Books

Adele Parks | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Parks

Now it's half term and I'm really looking forward to the family snuggling up with their books on the inevitable wet afternoons. Reading is a joy, it allows the imagination to thrive: give your kid the gift of escapism this half term.

Protecting Children's Reading in the Digital Age

Alison David | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

We know that reading is challenged but there are families in which it still thrives. Our longitudinal study, Reading Street, aims to understand the changing world of children's reading for pleasure. It follows twelve UK families plus a wider number of parents, children and teachers and releases the findings in theme focused chapters.

I Wouldn't Swap Our Family for the World

Caroline White | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline White

24 hours after a birth fraught with complications, we were told that the medical professionals thought Seb had Down's syndrome. What should have been the happiest day of my life was the worst. For Simon, my husband, it was very different. He accepted the diagnosis from day one and through all my tears and heartbreak he constantly reassured me that we would cope.

Five Things to Do When You Are Having a Mummy Meltdown!

Susie McBeth | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Susie McBeth

Frustration is a word that all parents are very familiar with and being a paragon of patience and cuddly understanding on days like these can stretch that word to its fullest. It is also on days like these that I am just grateful that I can keep smiling and not end up rocking backwards and forwards while sobbing in the corner.

The Schools That Do Less to Help Poorer Children

Bob Morgan | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

If you are a child born into a poor family in the UK you are less likely to do well at school, less likely to do well in life and ultimately die at a younger age. This is grossly unfair but true for thousands of our young people.

STEP UP for Residential Child Care - Specialism, Safety and Choice

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

As the main body for independent and voluntary providers, the Independent Children's Homes Association (ICHA) is as anxious as everyone else to increase standards and the quality of safeguarding in children's homes. ICHA membership means abiding by our code of practice.

How Could You Use Your Skills to Benefit a Cause Close to Your Heart?

Anita Brook | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Anita Brook

As a proud mother to my young daughter, I can only imagine how difficult it must be for those individuals who struggle to establish a bond with their baby, which is why I jumped at the chance to get involved with the charity as a Trustee.

The Biggest Gift

Elaine Benton | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

No one envisages being chronically ill, unable to continue working, and eventually with no alternative, handing in one's notice. To imagine or think for one moment that something positive could possibly come out of this situation is beyond belief.

Both Sexes Are to Blame for Unequal Parenting

Gideon Burrows | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gideon Burrows

I hear all the time that the woman has chosen to stay at home and look after the children, while the man has chosen to go to work. Given all these overt and subtle pressures, I wonder whether these are really free choices at all. The only solution is for men to actively take up the mantle of childcare, right from the very earliest days of our children's life.

Teenage Pregnancy, Patriarchal Hypocrisy and Immaculate Conception

Louise Pennington | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

We already know the causes of teenage pregnancy and, yet, the UK is following the US's path with parents demanding the right to prevent their children learning about real sexual education. The destruction of the welfare state and universal healthcare is already having serious detrimental effects on families

Psychologists Suggest Deep Flaws in Latest Search Strategy for Madeleine McCann

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

The detrimental effect of age-progressed images is most probably partly a psychological effect: The addition of an age-progressed image somehow changes observers' decision-making strategies, and does so in a profoundly unhelpful way.

How To Make Your Kid A Star

Ben Gregor | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ben Gregor

So your kid likes acting and singing and wants to be famous? You want them to be the next Harry Potter? Justin Bieber? Well, as a film director I have to say that the first thing you need to do is... STOP!