Welcome to the Cinema of Childhood

Mark Cousins | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Cousins

Beyond the fantasy child, the everywhere child, and the policed image of children, we are living in a golden age of films about children, and haven't quite noticed. Movie directors in Iran, Japan, the UK, Holland and elsewhere are releasing masterpieces about childhood. Why is this golden age happening, and why does it matter?

10 Ways to Avoid Gender Stereotyping in Children

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Try to resist seeing the world in pink and blue, despite the inevitable monochrome bombardment you'll face from the moment of your first child's birth. Despite what you're told, open your mind to the idea that both genders can appreciate a diverse palette.

Learning to Listen

Lanette Kauten | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lanette Kauten

I loved books and enjoyed writing, so I spent my time reading and trying to emulate the styles of my favorite authors. My books and their characters became my friends. At that time, the condition Asperger's wasn't known in the US. Children who would have been diagnosed today were considered odd and treated as outcasts back then.

Should Children be Banned From Museums?

Leigh-Anne Stradeski | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh-Anne Stradeski

Whatever the reasons, it can only be a good thing that museums have become more accessible to children, families and other diverse audiences, and I find it difficult to imagine a world where the first sign to come into view at the entrance of one of our renowned galleries or museums reads "NO CHILDREN ALLOWED". Or at least I did until recently.

You Know You're An Adult When...

Danielle Lowe | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

As we grow up many of us dream of that day when we're all grown up. Hoping for a successful career, a huge house, loads of friends and everything being perfect like it always is in those films (at least, in the end). The reality is being an adult is tough. You know you're an adult when...

Air From Another Life...

Caragh Little | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

I can never sleep on Sunday nights. I've tried it all - within reason. Dimmed lights. Extinguished screens. Abandoning 'real' coffee for decaff, from midway through the afternoon. Music. Relaxation exercises - learned strategies of breath.

My Boyhood Christmas

Philip Dundas | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Dundas

Christmas at Standingstone - the farm I grew up on in Scotland - was largely a dreary affair. Any fun had to be either sought from within myself or beyond its demises. Both of my adopted parents tended towards the solemn anyway; their sadnesses and failures permeated the already dour and damp sandstone house with a cold seriousness.

Growing Up Too Fast vs Arrested Development - And Why You Can Find Many Of Us In The Hinterland Between

Pandora Sykes | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pandora Sykes

We've long been terrified that children are growing up too fast, turning into little kidults For the girls: supermarkets selling bras for bee-stung chests; the iPhone becoming the new pencil case; and ten-year-olds calling each other 'badass bitches'.

Confession: I Miss My Mum

Olivia Denyer | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Denyer

So, whilst I was already very thankful for my mum - who has been therefore me through everything I can possibly remember - I feel like I appreciate her a little more now. And it makes me miss her, because, whilst she is only a phone call away if I need some moral support, I no longer have her around to help with those really little things in life.

International Day of The Girl Child

Beth Saward | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Saward

Education is something that most of us in the UK take for granted. We go to nursery as toddlers, move through primary and secondary education before deciding whether college and university are for us. Most of us even grumble about it, complaining about homework, early mornings, the lack of free time. But if we didn't have this opportunity, our lives would be completely different.

How to Build a Blanket Fort and Avoid Adult Responsibilities

Ellie Lewis | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Lewis

We were all so comfortable and content. I hope we can make it a tradition to build a blanket fort because it's simply, well just that, simple. It was such a relaxing, and easy way to spend a day. If you ever find yourself not knowing what to do on a lazy day, I highly suggest finding a couple of blankets, and friends to build your own fort.

Childhood Fears of a Horror Writer

Pat Higgins | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

I've been writing screenplays for horror movies and splashing around in the shallow end of the film industry for a decade now. Horror has become my comfort zone, albeit with a hefty splash of comedy to help the dark stuff go down. It wasn't always that way...

How Harry Nilsson's Troubled Childhood Inspired Great Songs

Alyn Shipton | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alyn Shipton

Right through his life, Nilsson went on pouring his life and experiences into his lyrics, and there are few artists whose life can be traced, song by song, album by album, as graphically as his. His split from his second wife, his experiences of drugs and alcohol, and his final, fulfilled family life with his third wife Una...

Children Are the Future (Of the Fringe)

Juliette Burton | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Juliette Burton

Children are brilliant aren't they? They smile for no reason, dance in the street, cuddle strangers (even when advised otherwise), they say what they mean and they dream big. Children are a big deal at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. Comedy for children and children's theatre seem to be doing fantastically well.

Through Writing About Diversity, I'm Fighting for Inclusion

Cerrie Burnell | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Cerrie Burnell

A small girl catches sight of me and starts to scream, "her arm's missing, I don't like it." She yells and at once every bright eye fixes me in a swirling rainbow of irises. I'm not surprised by this reaction. I've had one hand all my life and it's not something that fazes me.

They *uck You Up, Your Mum and Dad

Holly Seddon | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Seddon

I've come across so many people in their thirties and forties who are still defined - or at least affected - by their childhood and family experiences. But I'm always mind-blown when I overhear my children slating me or my decisions. My mum and dad did everything deliberately, right?

Don't Revisit your Childhood, on your Children

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

As the world evolves, so humanity remains essentially emotionally the same. All of it crystallized in sharp relief within the hellish prison of childhood. I always said I'd never forget...and yet now I have children, I find myself getting annoyed because their drama doesn't meet my criteria for what merits hysterical crying and slammed doors.

In Praise of Stone Skimming

Mike Collins | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Collins

Stone skimming nestles at number five on the new '50 things to do before 11 3/4' list published by the National Trust this week... Stone skimming, that timeless past time that generations have enjoyed. Whether you skim yours on a beach, lake or river the experience and emotions are the same. This is partly about accuracy and technique but it's also about pride and raw emotion.

Three Year Olds Going Online and Kids Accessing Porn - The Truth About Our Children's Screen Time.

Kate Gunn | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Gunn

I was once the perfect mother. TV time was strictly controlled, no sugary sweets would pass my little darlings lips, and there was absolutely no way they would be allowed to use iPads, iPhones, Xboxes, computers or any other internet connecting medium until they were mature enough to use them. Possibly not even then. Of course that was before I actually had any kids.

Braveheart? Men Open Up

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

Stories about men as toxic, as bad boys, are so much part of the cultural lexicon, that when I lecture, audiences are sometimes perplexed by the idea of providing specific services for vulnerable men. This is despite explaining that thousands of men commit suicide every year in the UK, 4552 in 2011, three times the rate of women.

The Death of Childhood

Emily Buchanan | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Buchanan

At a time when we desperately need children to be environmentally educated, their understanding of biodiversity is being outsourced to digital media. To deprive them of the innocence of outdoor play is to jeopardise the fragile future of our environment.

The Most Painful Love Affair of All: When Friendship Turns to Frenemies

Eleanor Moran | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Moran

How can we protect ourselves from the pitfalls? Checking out is not an option: a life without girlfriends is a life deprived of a bond we cannot find anywhere else. Research bears this out: for both sexes, the biggest insulation against loneliness has been proven to come from strong emotional connections with women.

Nostalgia - Not What It Used to Be

Rob Atkinson | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Atkinson

Nostalgia has spawned virtually an entire industry, making zillions out of the ever-increasing urge to regress to what we think of as happier times, flogging us kitsch memorabilia and useless antiques at premium prices. All this, for a concept as hollow and insubstantial as a bubble.

Comfy Onesie? Good, Now Lets Talk About Cotton...

Tomas Rawlings | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK
Tomas Rawlings

How tough is it picking cotton? Without being in a field surrounded by the crop, we can't tell you for sure but what we can replicate is the amount of work it entails, the monotony of that work and how much you'll get paid for your time - that is if you're a child working in Uzbekistan.

Muck and Magic: Clare Morpurgo Talks About Her Inspirational Charity

Joanna Eede | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Joanna Eede

For Clare Morpurgo, who set up the educational charity Farms for City Children in 1976 with her husband Michael, the acclaimed children's author, the memories that have informed her life's work stem from the village of Iddesleigh in West Devon.