Childhood

What My Dad Has Taught Me About Food

Kathy Slack | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kathy Slack

But I think the mussel incident was the moment when Dad really definitely knew that he'd created a kindred spirit: someone who loved food. All of it. Any of it. And wasn't going to waste it. It's not that he'd made me a dustbin/daughter into which you can feed any old crap. It's that he'd shown me how all food has a purpose and an opinion and a currency.

The Rules For Playing Cafe With A Toddler

Claire Kirby | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

Yesterday I ate two slices of pizza, a hot dog, a banana, two strawberries, some corn on the cob, three cakes and an ice cream. All served with cups of tea, and without a single calorie. Of course it was all plastic and served to me by my toddler on tiny plastic plates.

The Power Of The Podcast

Miriam Brown | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Miriam Brown

Now should a podcast be a series and delivered in instalments, each episode could be looked upon as a chapter in a book and thus, each episode builds the foundations. What I mean, however, is that only a podcast must lay out its key narrative and themes in chapter one. Failure to do this = failure to grasp the audience = failure to launch.

Your Baby Is Beautiful, But You Don't Need Me To Tell You That

Nicola De Maine | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola De Maine

No parent wants their child to worry about the way they look or to feel inadequate in anyway, but by placing social media so high on our own agenda we might be unwittingly laying the foundations for our children to grow up plagued by these anxieties.

Why I'm Tired Of Telling Your Children They Are Never Quite Good Enough

Alice Wilde | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Alice Wilde

We are encouraged to give the children targets, no matter how superb they are. They all need to stretch harder, to aim higher, to push themselves. It is not really OK to give official praise without also giving a push.

Why Some People Have A Much Better Chance At Love Than You And What You Can Do About It

Kathrine Bejanyan | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kathrine Bejanyan

Why do some people seem to have all the luck when it comes to love? Here's the thing, while we all equally deserve love, we don't all get an equal chance at it. This is hard for a relationship therapist to admit.

The Sweet Spot Of Parenting

Lyndsey Stoner | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Parents
Lyndsey Stoner

Did you know I have a six year old? I wouldn't blame you if you hadn't realised - my writing is so heavily dominated by the antics of my ToddlerMonster that my 'big' girl hardly gets a mention.

Modern Life Is Rubbish

Stacey Hirlam | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Hirlam

I am going to have to try to learn to keep my children at an 'arm's length' and ensure that those invisible boundaries are safely in place. Because, there is nothing like experiencing childhood looking down from the tops of trees with dirty knees.

He Was Alive: How Our Quiet Child Glowed With Confidence!

Emma Williamson | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Williamson

Our little man, the second youngest of a family of six, is the quietest one out of them all. He is the kid who very rarely gets told off, but when he does, you feel traumatised for doing so. His whole face breaks but he makes no sound and you are left feeling guilty for something he has done!

A Childhood Without Music Isn't Childhood

Tom Walters | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Walters

As a father, this plays on my mind. On a very basic level I want my son to understand that he can express himself unhindered - that being free to pursue artistic creativity is as important as maintaining healthy physical wellbeing or achieving academic success.

How To Appreciate Your Children's Childhood

Isabelle Lee | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

So often I hear people with older or grown-up children say to me "appreciate this time - it's so precious, and over so quickly." I tend to reply, "Oh, I do." But what does it really mean to "appreciate" it, and how do we make sure we are?

Brothers Recreate Photos From Childhood With Hilarious Results

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Two brothers have created the perfect gift for their parents in the form of a throwback photoshoot. The men have recreated photos from their childhoo...

Homework Belongs In The Bin. End Of

Jen Faulkner | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jen Faulkner

Yes homework should be banned. I have said it before and I'll say it again - children need to be allowed to be children. The school day is jam packed enough with academic and educational lessons, and in my opinion that is where it needs to stay.

Somebody Like Me: Young People's Tales Of Body Image Anxiety

Liam Benjamin Preston | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Benjamin Preston

I wanted to share with you some of the words of the young people who took part. They spoke about the pressures from society, school, celebrities, the media and their families. Alongside dealing with the challenges of just growing up, one area which was mentioned frequently was the sheer relentless of the body image pressures they faced:

Five Best Parenting Books You've Never Heard Of

Michelle McHale | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle McHale

Is your bedside table stacked with books or muslins and wet wipes!? We've kept it so simple that we only chose five top books, the first of which is, in itself, the only book you might ever need. The rest have terrific value and can be referred to time and again.

Where Do You Go To Get Great Parenting Advice?

Katie Woodland | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

They can both be super helpful when you need a quick fix of information to deal with a situation in the here and now, but using these to radically transform the way your family is interacting...

The Wizzybug Wheelchair Giving Toddlers The Freedom To Express Themselves

Fiona Cromwell | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Tech
Fiona Cromwell

At first glance, Florence appears to be like any other young, carefree toddler. Full of glee, light and mischief. But the toy-like device that she is seated in is not, in fact, a toy. It is a Wizzybug powered wheelchair. Florence was born with a disability which means she cannot walk.

When You Just Can't Cope With Your Child Anymore...

Katie Woodland | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

The second thing you need to do is to stop listening to everyone else telling you that you did this, that, or the other thing wrong. You can't change the past (well unless you have a time machine and if you do then I'd love you to give me a call there's a few things I'd like to erase).

Parenting - Who Said It Was Easy?

Katie Woodland | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

In fact, give yourself a break, because not only are you trying to figure out what you want, you're also trying to figure out what another human being wants, when they don't even know themselves...

Its Time To Pierce The Silence About Our Gay Childhood

Darren Brady | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Darren Brady

Sometimes an event pierces the membrane of our life: the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, an unexpected dismissal at work or falling in...

What Happens When Parenting Goes Horribly Wrong...

Katie Woodland | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

Even something as simple as sharing, translated into adulthood, could manifest as; someone who never offers to make the tea for others; someone who takes a large piece of office birthday cake; an individual who is incapable of working as part of a team...

A Letter To My Twelve-Year-Old Self

Lucy Farrington-Smith | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Farrington-Smith

If you look at the photographs taken on my very first flip-phone, amongst the chunks of too-big pixels you'll see that, together with my too-short fringe, I embraced all the great 00's beauty trends.

Does An Anxious Parent Make An Anxious Child?

Jodie Andrews | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jodie Andrews

She's daring and not afraid to speak out to anyone that will listen. I love this quality of hers, it inspires me to overcome my anxiety and push it as far to the back of my mind as I possibly can. There are a few things we can all do to try and not let our anxiety rub off onto our children...

Give Them The Greatest Gift At Christmas

Helen Miller | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Miller

It's not that I don't want to spend the money on them. It's that I think in the eyes of a child, innocent and simple, all that matters is that the are loved. Something every child has a right to. For me the day is about making memories to smile about and that doesn't cost a penny. Surely happy memories are the greatest gifts of all.

Losing My Older Brother To Cancer

Svein Erik Scheie | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Svein Erik Scheie

The seven years were mixed with good news and bad news. Cancer gone, cancer reappearing. At the same time, and I suspect to have a semblance of normality, my brother decided to pursue his studies and become a medical doctor. Equally and perhaps with a sense of urgency he also married and celebrated the arrival of a son soon afterwards, when he was only twenty-one.