UK Children

A Cheerful Revolution

Lucy Frederick | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Frederick

Abby-Jo is thirteen years old and has a pretty vicious form of cancer which is waging war on her body. She is currently on a drug trial which brings with it some hope but also brings hideous side affects which make the poor kid feel like she's in some sort of washing machine of doom.

Could Schools Be Doing More to Build Children's Character?

Julie Booth | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

Giving children the opportunity to develop abilities such as understanding how their behaviour affects others, learning from their mistakes and trying out new activities would all be considered an important part of character education.

5-Year-Old Makes Heartwrenching 999 Call: 'My Mummy's Had A Fit'

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Parents

The incredible bravery of a five-year-old girl who called 999 when her mother had an epileptic fit was captured on tape. The heartwrenching recordi...

Gone in 60 Seconds: That's All It Takes for My Children to Turn Me From Sane Mild-Mannered Woman to Screaming Harridan

Samantha Simmonds | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Samantha Simmonds

The six-year-old started screaming. I turned round to see blood and saliva flying towards me and all over his face. I started yelling in shock and shouted to the four-year-old "what have you done?" What he had done was knock one of his brother's teeth out!

I Hate Mums

Stuart Smith | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Parents
Stuart Smith

I hate mums. I love my own mum. She's lovely. I love my wife, who's also a mum. Oh, and also lovely. These mums, I love to bits. Not literally. The mums I hate are those collectively used as a depictor or descriptor of who does the childcare.

Is the Work-Life Balance Always Greener on the Other Side?

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Parents
Jethro Shirley-Smith

The truth is we all think we have Peter Pan inside of us. But we don't. We all want to think we can get in touch with the inner-child. We want to. But we can't. Our adult lives have thoroughly taken over. Our clean houses, our new carpets and pristine sofas have won.

The Mother I Will Always Judge

Kiran Chug | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Parents
Kiran Chug

I think we all do this a little don't we? We believe vehemently in not judging others. We know how tough this is and that we are all only human. Yet we still continue to find faults in ourselves.

Is the Work-Life Balance Always Greener on the Other Side?

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Parents
Jethro Shirley-Smith

We need to spend more time with our children. We want to see them grow; we want to see them learn; we want to be the ones who teach them. And so we must continue to pine for our holidays. Because that's our time.

Did Bruce Lee play Barbies?

Allison Martin | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Parents
Allison Martin

Why shouldn't girls climb trees which can promote courage and the ability to take risks? But, equally, why shouldn't little boys play games that bring to the fore no-less important qualities such as empathy and kindness?

Youngest NHS Transgender Patients Are Aged Just Three

PA | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK

The number of children aged 10 or under who have been referred for help coping with transgender feelings has more than quadrupled in the last six year...

It's Time to Talk About the Kids

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

The notion of children's developmental and emotional needs is practically a no-go zone; taboo; too controversial to deal with, whether out of fear of provoking guilt in parents for some perceived failure or out of a prioritising of adults rights over children's needs. This really does need to change.

30 Things Parents Worry About Every Day (That Will Be OK)

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Parents

Children bring their parents boundless happiness - but they also bring endless worry. Whether it's why your baby won't stop grizzling, where your t...

Don't Be Late!

Claire Kirby | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

I wonder what these mums put as their reason for arriving late when they have to sign their kids in at the office. Is it the same excuse every day? Or is it a challenge to think of a new reason each time? Why aren't they embarrassed like I would be?

A Little More Abby-Jo

Lucy Frederick | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Frederick

I want to spread the word about this young lady and see if we can't all be a little inspired by her grace and courage. If she (and her family, come to that) can remain smiley, grateful and positive during this horrific ordeal, then you can deal with that white van that just cut you up on the A3. Or whatever.

Lying in Plain Sight

David Deady | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Parents
David Deady

Where do we stand on telling children why Adam and Steve are holding hands? Is there an appropriate age that something like this should be discussed or is it better for the child to discover of their own accord?

Using Bleach To Clean Home Could Put Children's Health At Risk

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Parents

Passive exposure to bleach at home has been linked to higher rates of infection in children, according to new research. A study led by the Universi...

Mentioning Mothering and Neglecting the Menz

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

To censor myself, or adapt my Blog, to remove mention of the maternal, would amount to succumbing to the taboo of mentioning - let alone promoting - mothering and maternal care, and to the unease with which women often feel in proclaiming their rights or protecting the interests of themselves or their families.

Playing Mind Games in Emergencies

Unni Krishnan | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Immediately after a disaster, life-saving aid floods into a country. Yet, while humanitarian workers are adept at dealing with the physical needs, they can miss the invisible needs of disaster survivors - such as mental health and psychosocial support, especially for children.

What To Do With The Kids This Easter (If You Forgot To Book Activities)

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Parents

It's not that you forgot Easter was happening - how could you, what with shopping for chocolate eggs and preparing the roast lamb - it's just that unt...

Ten Short Girl Mummy Problems

Claire Kirby | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

It all starts off fine. You bring your little bundle of helpless joy home from the hospital in a state of awe and shock. You eventually emerge from the newborn fog and begin to feel like you have a handle on this. Then your baby gets clever.

Creating a Dementia-Friendly Generation

Beth Britton | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Children often notice more than adults give them credit for. If a relative is living with dementia, there may be a need to explain to a child about particular symptoms or why that person can no longer do something that they used to do.

The Unequality Act

B.J. Epstein | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

The Equality Act must be implemented and followed, and it's breastfeeders who need to be made comfortable, not stupid people who can't stop staring and then whine about what they've seen.

Should Single Mothers Automatically Be Made Main Carer of Their Children?

Michael Collier | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Collier

Following divorce proceedings, they gain residency of the 'object' that both parents probably care most about. She has one up on the father who is forced to resign his fatherly duties to alternate weekends. But what strain does this then put on the mother?

Feminism and the 'Mother Problem' - How Politicians Who Profess to Promote Women's Rights Must Start Listening to Mummy

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

The year 2015 is going to be a cracker for feminism. A renewed enthusiasm for women's rights and even a campaign to remove VAT from sanitary products. An exciting time. But let's take a moment to think about something which leaves many a feminist - and I count myself as one *punches air* - with a profound sense of unease.

Are Children Still Interested in Books?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
J.N. Paquet

Some encouraging results from the survey indeed show that children from lower socio-economic backgrounds spend more time reading on devices than their wealthier peers. More encouraging results: print books are actually more popular with three to five-year-olds than reading on devices!