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

Terry-Ann Kibbles | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK
Terry-Ann 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" 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.

The Importance of Learning to Fail

Kathryn Berens | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Parents
Kathryn Berens

Allowing failure, embracing it even, and building up self-esteem are not mutually exclusive. It is perfectly possible to do both and I would argue if we don't allow our children to fail on occasion and learn from that, then the self-esteem we spend years nurturing is very precarious indeed and at great risk of disintegrating in the adult world.

Soul Groups and the Psychologist

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

A soul group is simply a collection of people who gravitate and travel through life - or part of life - together. They could be from completely different histories, social backgrounds, age groups and interests, who happen to meet under the most extraordinary or the most nondescript circumstances.

Junior Choice: The Demise of Post-War Childhood's Soundtrack

Ed Green | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ed Green

Yuletide nostalgia from the BBC - Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart returns on Christmas Day with a special edition of Junior Choice. I remember this well - the only programme that would escape my parents' beeline for the off switch in the mid-70s, when shared frequencies meant accidental exposure to Radio 1.

The Department of Ability: Calling For Disabled Characters in Children's Comic Books and TV

Emily Davison | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Davison

The children's entertainment enterprise is a thriving industry with studies showing that 70% of children (between the ages of 0-8) spend their time watching nearly 2 hours of TV a day. The comic book industry is a multi billion-dollar enterprise with many popular annual events like Comic Con being dedicated to comic book fans and enthusiast alike.

It's Time to Take Children's Happiness Seriously

Peter Grigg | Posted 09.10.2016 | 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 17.09.2016 | 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 03.09.2016 | 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 24.08.2016 | 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?