Childhood

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 30.11.2015 | 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 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 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?

Why Stories are More Important Than Books

Holly Seddon | Posted 02.08.2016 | 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 23.07.2016 | 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 13.07.2016 | 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 01.07.2016 | 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...