Child Development

No Bigger Compliment: When People Praise Your Children's Behaviour

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents

However much you love your children, parenting can sometimes feel like a bit of a slog - so it’s lovely when people compliment your kids’ kindness...

Why Telling Family Stories To Our Kids Is So Important

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents

Everyone has a story - and kids love hearing these family tales. Funny mishaps when they were younger (they love being the star character), how their ...

SATs - When Teachers Don't Teach

Daniel Singleton | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK
Daniel Singleton

Year Six children don't walk out of school at the end of the year with a SATs qualification - again, this is for the school and not for the children; yet all of Year Six is geared around SATs. So the truth is that teachers are not teaching for learning - they are teaching for a test. This is where the damage is done.

Why You Should Love Bomb Your Child

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

If you answer "yes" to any of these then there is a very high chance that love bombing is the answer to your problems. It may sound like a hippy hangover from the seventies, but love bombing is actually grounded in solid scientific theory - and it really works.

Why Children Are So Captivated By Play

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents

Playing is what children do naturally - and what we should encourage them to do at every opportunity. “Children have an innate need to play; it’s ...

Child's Play: How To Encourage Sharing From A Young Age

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Parents

Our little ones learn best through play, from mastering a new skill like placing blocks in a tower and gleefully knocking them down again (and again a...

Meet The Uni Students With Kids Who Juggle Lectures With Dirty Nappies

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

For the average fresher, starting university means new-found freedom, big nights out and getting to focus on their favourite subject. But for a small...

Teaching Toddlers Manners

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents

Good manners are simply a way of making the people around you feel noticed and at ease. Good manners aren’t about the correct way to eat peas, howev...

How Toddlers Learn To Walk

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents

Toddlers learn to walk at their own pace. Whether your child starts taking their first steps before their first birthday or is happy to crawl until th...

The Secret Reason Why Your Toddler Misbehaves

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Have you ever wondered why your toddler does something, even when you've told them not to and explained why they shouldn't do it? Perhaps your two or three year old insisted on touching the oven door, even though you told him not to because it was very hot.

World Book Day 2nd March - Reading Begins In The Womb. Read To Your Bump And Beyond!

Angela Spencer | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

World Book Day, 2nd March, is the biggest celebration of its kind designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading" from For this World Book Day I want everyone to join my campaign to introduce reading where it actually begins - in the womb, and here's how to do it.

Ever Wondered Why You Are Left Or Right Handed? It Is Nothing To Do With Your Brain

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Tech

No matter how many times we have experienced it, it is still pretty impressive that one of our hands is capable of writing Shakespeare, while the othe...

Why You Need To Be Painting With Your Child

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
Alex Muller-Nicholson

That's the key thing about painting. It's learning. The two are inextricably linked, for children especially. Art-based activities help young minds to make sense of the world around them. They explore ideas by making shapes with tools.

6 Ways To Help Your Child Learn To Share

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Learning to share is an important social skill for children. They will learn about compromise, how to take turns and negotiate and how to express thei...

8 Practical Ways To Help Children With Worries Or Anxious Thoughts

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Parents

As a parent, seeing your child worrying can make you feel helpless, but there are some things you could do to help put their mind at rest. Anxious fe...

How Parents Can Teach Kindness To Kids, To Encourage Good Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Parents

Whatever age your child is, it is never too early or too late to start thinking about their mental health. The NSPCC revealed there was a “sharp ri...

10 Ways To Make Reading With Your Child Magical

Lisa Snell | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Snell

As a mum who has put her own child through nursery, and as a childcare practitioner for over 15 years, I understand how busy life as a parent can be and it's not always possible to read every day with your child. However, it has been proven that children who are read to at an early age are more likely to excel with their numeracy, literacy and language skills as they get older.

Cambridge University Has Created A Job Every Kid Dreams Of

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Firefighter, astronaut, princess - few of us actually get the jobs we dream about as children. But with Cambridge University looking to recruit a Leg...

We Attended A Baby Sensory Class To Find Out Just How Beneficial They Are

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Parents

You may think that allowing babies to experience different colours, sounds and textures simply keeps them entertained. But in fact, it is far more ben...

Car Seat Suffocation Warning For Babies On Long Journeys. My Thoughts On How To Travel Safely

Angela Spencer | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

If you talk about technology and it's impact on children and babies, most people will think of computers and mobile phones. However, in my opinion, one of the biggest technological impacts on babies is actually the development of car seats and prams.

Never Miss Your Child's Wow Moment!

Lisa Snell | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Snell

As a parent who has put their own child through nursery, and as a childcare practitioner for over 15 years, I know all too well the feeling of apprehension when you leave your child at nursery for the first time. It can be one of the most difficult things to do, and it pulled hard on my heartstrings, but at some point in your child's upbringing, you are most likely going to need some sort of childcare provision, for you and, arguably, for your child's development.

Talking Matters

Penny Tassoni | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Penny Tassoni

Imagine the scene. A parent and a young child wait for a bus. For ten minutes, they talk about where they are going, why the bus is late before distracting themselves by spotting the number of blue cars on the road. Vans don't count, but minibuses do.

Dummies 'Delay' Babies' Ability To Talk, Research Suggests

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Parents

Babies who are given dummies are at a greater risk of delayed speech development, according to new research. The findings, which were published in ...

Surviving the Morning Routine With a Two Year Old

Lucy Gill | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Gill

The thing with a two year old is you just don't know which child you're going to get from one minute to the next. By the time I've finally dropped her and her brother at the childminder and started my journey to work (as ever running late) I'm typically thoroughly exhausted.

If You're Happy and You Know It - Clap Your Hands!

Antony Morgan | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Parents
Antony Morgan

We can't all be happy all of the time - but the more we provide children as they are growing up with opportunities to accumulate the skills and competences that help them deal with problems as they arise - the more likely they are to maintain a sense of wellbeing (or happiness) most of the time.