Childhood

Childhood Christmas Memories - There Was Almost Always Snow

Andrea Mara | Posted 19.12.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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 26.10.2014 | 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.

Why I Don't Want My Child To Go To University Before She is 18

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

Like your brothers and sister, you all are the most precious gifts that God and Life gave us. We often talk in awe (still!) about how and why we had been chosen to parent these beautiful beings. After all, we were just two ordinary people who went to the pub one evening, sat on the beach, and accidentally made a baby.

Travelling Back With Mr Izzard

The Mac Twins | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
The Mac Twins

Now presumably Izzard was alluding to the carefree nonchalance of being 10, of the freedom of being able to blame growing pains as reason for being miserable and making money worries minor, but we are to take this far more literally, think hair braids and comic books people.

Excerpts From the Diary of a Pretentious 10 Year Old

Chris Betts | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Chris Betts

I scraped my knee this afternoon playing Bolshevik Revolution with Tim. He shoved me from behind and when I cried foul he claimed that the divine right of kings empowered him to do so.

Newsflash - Heroin Addicts CAN Be Good Mothers!

Robin Sherwood | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robin Sherwood

I was eight years old when I accidentally walked in on my mum injecting heroin in the kitchen. I'll never forget the confused look on her face - the warm embrace of the opiates blunted any acute feelings shame and panic, leaving her with an ugly, dumbfounded grimace. Luckily, this episode was the turning point in both our lives...

These Brothers Recreated Their Childhood Photographs. The Results Are Genius

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Richard and Joseph Luxton decided what their mother really, really wanted for Christmas was a calendar featuring the two of them and their dad recreat...

These Inappropriate Spelling Mistakes From Kids Are Just Hilarious

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Warning: contains adult language Kids do the funniest things. And often without even realising. Take spelling for example. Just one letter out o...

How I Turned My Unhappy Past Into a Happy One

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I was brought up in an agnostic house- my parents were not particularly interested in religion and made it plain to us three children that we could do whatever we wanted. In a sense I am grateful to my parents who both came from relatively liberal families and were not that ingrained with God and the rest.

Domestic Violence - What About the Children?

Stacey Lucas | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK
Stacey Lucas

According to the Office of National Statistics report in 2011/12 there was 2 million victims of domestic violence. 7% of women and 5% of men were estimated to have experienced domestic abuse, equivalent to an estimated 1.2 million female and 800,000 male victims.

Three Things I Am Glad My Mother Never Taught Me

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

My mother never really wore make up when I was a child. She didn't spend hours in the morning putting her face on, straightening her hair or painting her nails. She never French plaited my hair, dressed me up in frilly clothes that I had to 'keep clean', threw me a mini-makeover party or bought me sparkly princess shoes.

The Perfect Gift That Tells Your Dad How You Feel

Sponsored Feature | Alexander And James | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The relationship between fathers and their children is one of the most important and influential of all human connections. But no one really prepares ...

Welcome to the Cinema of Childhood

Mark Cousins | Posted 11.06.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 02.06.2014 | 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 30.04.2014 | 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'.