Childhood

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.

How To Empower Your Child - These Four Ways

Veronica Owusu-Byczkowska | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Veronica Owusu-Byczkowska

The time to start is now. Arm them with a set of tools that show that the only limitations are the ones we create for ourselves in our minds. How do you empower your child?

Parenting In A New World Of Walls

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

Twenty years later, we are a generation on and we feel lucky to be able to build on our ancestors' hopes of raising children in a better world: freedom of religion, LGBT rights and instant global communication.

Why Am I Using Digital Media To Engage And Empower The Youth Within The British Bangladeshi Community?

Ibrahim Rahman | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Tech
Ibrahim Rahman

A British Bangladeshi online TV network offered me the opportunity to present a chat show web series called Youth Corner. The aims of the series were to highlight the achievements of young and emerging talent in various fields, providing a platform for guests to share their experiences and inspiring stories

Amid Growing Tensions In The Balkans, A Museum For Peace Is Born

Jasminko Halilovic | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Jasminko Halilovic

Today, our hope that the majority chooses exclusively peace is still stronger than our fear of naivete. One war is more than enough for a lifetime, and we hope to provide a peaceful childhood for our offspring. The War Childhood Museum's message comes from a generation that learned this lesson firsthand, and never has it rung truer: peace has no alternative.

Do We Need to Re-think Homework?

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK
Dr Clare Owen

We must remember that our students are children and, curriculum burdens asides, they have to be at the heart of any decision we make. If we want them to enjoy their youth and not have to grow up too soon, we must prepare them for, but not force them into, the work patterns we must follow as adults.

It Was Acceptable In The '80s

Cookie Kibbles | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK
Cookie Kibbles

When the new Indian family moved in and bought the shop, I was selfishly very happy. As a seven year old, I was over the moon that 'proper' Indians had moved in and my mother and I were no longer the only 'Pakis' in the village. They had two children the around same age as me. They were darker than me, they had Indian names, they were Hindu and they owned a shop.

21 Things That 21 Years Taught Me

Yasmin Braddell | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Braddell

Perhaps I'm overly anxious, a tad too cautious, a "goodie two shoes", "old before my time"...call it what you will; maybe it's all that people watching, or reading one too many classics, and maybe it becomes a bit of a vicious circle. Either way, I've lived 21 years inside Yasmin's head, and so am going to sum up 21 things that 21 years have taught me..

Parenting Lessons Learned From an Unconventional Upbringing

Robin Sherwood | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Parents
Robin Sherwood

thriving families.jpg Ultimately though, despite some truly turbulent events in my formative years, there was always one constant in my life, and that was the unconditional love I received from my mother. I'm certain that this was the difference between me going completely off the rails as a teenager and the (I would hope) well-rounded, wise and emotionally developed person I am today.

The Ingredients For A Happy Childhood

Jen Barton | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents

While there's no precise science to guaranteeing joy in childhood, (if only!) there are certain ingredients that help make up the recipe for a happy k...

#GrowingUpBritish Is A Glorious Trip Down Memory Lane

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 03.07.2016 | UK Comedy

Possibly exhausted from debating every conceivable angle of the EU referendum, Twitter has today decided to take a little trip down memory lane. #Grow...

Two Rules for Raising Confident Children

Tim van der Vliet | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Parents
Tim van der Vliet

I have two main rules or guidelines... Please let me explain how these very simple guidelines helped my children to become more confident and how they keep me connected with them.

What It Takes To Achieve A Childhood Dream

By Shihab S Joi | Jackie Gallego | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

What did you dream about last night? Chances are, it blurred the instant the alarm went off, and by the time you’d grabbed your toast and keys, your...

If You Tolerate This...

Pam Jarvis | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Pam Jarvis

It is well known that Nelson Mandela commented that 'The true character of society is revealed in how it treats its children'. A couple of days ago,...

Saving Childhood: Why and How

Pam Jarvis | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Pam Jarvis

A pledge to do all in their power to achieve such reforms both from those currently in governance and from those seeking to move into governance in the future would, on a continuing basis, contribute to the protection of our most valuable national resource- each successive rising generation of citizens.

Seven Amazing Things From Nature That Will Impress Your Children

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Parents

Introducing your children to new experiences and seeing their delight and wonder is one of the joys of parenthood. From squelching your toes in mud to...

Insurance for Your Child's Future

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

A few days ago whilst we were driving along the backroads of Phuket we saw these three boys in front of us. The oldest one who was riding the bike did not seem a day older than eleven, swigging Coke from a can whilst confidently navigating the roads like a seasoned rider.

How to Heal Childhood Loss

Amanda Seyderhelm | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Seyderhelm

The warning signs for teachers and parents that a child is grieving and struggling with loss can range from their withdrawal from family activities or friends, increased number of angry outbursts, crying one minute, then laughing out loud the next, or a decrease in academic performance.

A Foundation for a Healthy Mind

Stephanie Kirsch | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Parents
Stephanie Kirsch

My parents both suffered with mental illness when I was growing up. As a young child I can hardly remember any issues and look back through rose-tinted glasses at a golden childhood. Yet, with hindsight, and as I grew older, the impact of those mental health difficulties becomes more and more apparent.