It's Time to Take Children's Happiness Seriously

Peter Grigg | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents
Peter Grigg

Improving the wellbeing of children is about listening and taking concerns seriously. One way England could do this would be to follow the example of Northern Ireland and Wales, where every school has a counsellor.

Have I Made a Big Mistake Having Kids in My Twenties?

Christina Franks | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Parents
Christina Franks

Aged nearly 35, with my youngest daughter turning seven tomorrow, it hasn't escaped my notice that many of my other friends from uni are embarking on their first pregnancy. And it's sparked something of an existential crisis.

The Girl Who Shouldn't Have Become a Runner

Laura Maisey | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Maisey

I've now been a runner for nine months and am training for a marathon but it wasn't until yesterday, chatting to a friend, that I realised what an unlikely journey this has been. I am now stronger, physically and mentally, than I've probably ever been.

Not Starting School: Our Decision to Home Educate

Antonina Mamzenko | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Parents
Antonina Mamzenko

When we first made a decision to home educate, only a handful of our friends were supportive. For the most part, we were met with either mild bafflement at us suddenly turning hippie-like, or rather rude comments labelling us irresponsible parents who will surely ruin our child's future, because school is the best thing ever since sliced bread, and isn't school compulsory anyway?

Why Stories are More Important Than Books

Holly Seddon | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

Growing up, my Dad didn't read to me at bedtime. Instead, he did something far better. He used to make up stories. Freestyle. Freestyle! And I took this completely for granted.

I Am Not Defined by Feeding

Jo Eden | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Parents
Jo Eden

Am I the only mother that doesn't define herself by a feeding method? I'm not a breastfeeder, I'm not a bottle feeder. I'm a mum. I don't need to state my feeding method to be accepted or validated by society.

Cowes, Isle of Wight: Fond Boyhood Memories Revisited

Chris Hobbs | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Hobbs

Returning to a place which holds fond childhood memories is always fraught with peril yet my trip, undertaken as I was approaching the end of my police career, proved both nostalgic and rewarding.

Never Forget: Children in Care Also Have Grandparents

Martin Barrow | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

One of my fondest childhood memories is of clambering over rocks along the undercliff with my grandfather one gloriously sunny day during school holidays. My family emigrated when I was still a child, so I spent too little time with him and did not know him well. He had passed away by the time I returned to the UK as a young man.

This Is What A Well Loved Teddy Bear Looks Like

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Parents

If you still have your teddy bear from when you were younger, you'll be able to identify with this photo. A man has shared a touching photo showing...

#WorstChildhoodRumours Is The Best Thing On Twitter Today

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The eraser part of an eraser pen was made of pig's wee the boy who leant back on his chair, cracked his head and died; and the two jelly aliens who ma...

#WorstChildhoodRumours On Twitter Will Make You Feel Nostalgic

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Parents

What was the worst rumour you heard in the playground as a child? Was it when your friend told you that if you swallowed a watermelon seed, a tree ...

Why We Need to Stop Ignoring Childhood Obesity

Dr Sally Norton | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Sally Norton

It is hard to give a good example to our kids when our own eating behaviour and body image have been skewed by years of yo-yo-dieting, misleading health advice and media pressure. If we develop a better relationship with healthy eating and exercise, then not only will our own bodies benefit, but our children will have a great example that they can learn from.

Colouring Inside the Lines

Charlotte Duff | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Duff

Colouring books for adults is now the latest craze. Apparently, the Tate Modern now stocks colouring books for adults, as does Waterstones and Amazon. It may sound utterly ridiculous, but some actually think it's a fantastic idea and have been singing its praises. It's said to be a great stress-reliever.

Wanted: Nursery Staff in London - Required: A Love of Commuting

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Parents
June O'Sullivan MBE

It is a sad indictment of a society that has created a situation which means our young cannot afford to live in the city that they were born in. As someone who had to leave their own country to get work, I am loathe to see my own children forced to live far away.

On Turning 21

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Getting older is also really funny, because when I was a teenager I liked the feeling of being one, of being a youth. Yet now that I'm a little older, I'd never want to go back to being that age.

Family Related Tragicomedy

Bytestories | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Comedy

As the eldest of three boys in a single parent family, the pressure to pretend everything was okay was unbelievable. It wasn't okay, our mother was mysteriously overseas and us boys were very far away from understanding why.

School Reunion - To Go or Not to Go, That Is The Question

Cameron McCulloch | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Cameron McCulloch

I am today a much different person to that child. In some respects I would like to tell him it will be alright and deal with it for him, in others I am glad it has made me the man I am today. I honestly have to be hard pushed to fear anyone so it certainly did one thing for me, it built character.

Why It's Okay to Be a Wimpy Parent Some of the Time

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

When I think back to my own parents, they were following Berman's advice years ago. They were never scared to toss me over their shoulder, head home and send me straight to bed if I misbehaved. I remember feeling totally humiliated especially if other people were around.

Childhood Christmas Memories - There Was Almost Always Snow

Andrea Mara | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

The smell of one-sided toast with melted butter - it was always done on just one side under the grill, crisp and melty. Tea for the grown-ups, milk for us. Sitting by the fire that my grandmother had set when she got up at half six, as she did every morning.

Elusive Father's Love - From My Program: Adult Lives Crippled by Childhood

Olga Levancuka | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

"I don't think my dad ever loved me." This is the statement I hear my clients repeating time after time. It's irrelevant who says it, men or women, although it is more common coming from women, given that an unhealthy relationship with their dad, i.e. 'Key Male Figure', tends to reflect in their relationships

What Will You Do With the Extra Hour We Gain?

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Parents have told us they're planning on having a lie in. But I'm sorry to have to tell you parents that the lie-in is not an option as your children want to use this extra hour by having fun! That is why today Action for Children is urging you to say no to the boring snooze-in and instead to make the most of your extra hour by having fun with the children...

The State Should Be a Parent Who Doesn't Turn Its Back on Young People

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Childhood is short. And maybe like me, you remember longing to be grown up because of the freedom and adventure we perceived adulthood brings. But for some of our most vulnerable young people, adulthood is thrust upon them too soon.

The Stories We Live By

Joel Tennant | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joel Tennant

My sessions of talk therapy back at university helped my story telling. Every week, I'd walk through one of the colleges, past the restaurant where students were sitting and laughing with each other, past the duck pond where the college cat was watching hungrily from behind the bushes, to a door tucked away behind a wall -- Counselling.

Help, My Child Is Lonely...

Alexandra Massey | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

I received an email last week from a parent who was concerned about her daughter: "...she's lonely and I don't know what to do. I heard her whisper to herself I wish I was someone else. I am distraught. How can I help her?"

When a Teacher Opens Worlds

Noam Schimmel | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

Because of her and her stories as that boy grew up and was able to visit the lands of these myths, to study these stories, to try to live out some of the lessons learned, he, I, remains rapt with attention, enchanted, and grateful beyond words.