UK Children

A Nightmare Made Real: A Mother's Account of Life in Donetsk

Cat Carter | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK
Cat Carter

With the crisis currently engulfing her home, Svetlana is unable to work, and when the conflict intensified around her, she became afraid for her family's lives. She fled with her children to a neighbouring village. We sit together in a crowded family shelter as she tells me her story.

Why I am Determined to End Hunger in Our Classrooms

Carmel McConnell | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK
Carmel McConnell

Hunger makes children lethargic or angry or simply unsettled. New research we commissioned as part of our Feed Their Future report finds that, for 4 out of 5 teachers, mornings are more stressful than they should be because their pupils haven't eaten breakfast.

The Ages of Soft Play

Claire Kirby | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

Hey kids, listen up. We all love soft play, right? You can run indoors. Really fast. And not get told off. You can climb up stuff, jump down from stuff, and you can be loud. Anything your Mum won't let you do at home, you can do here. So here it is the definitive guide to soft play through the ages.

This Is What Bratz Dolls Look Like Without Make-Up

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

With their leather mini skirts and heavy make-up, Bratz dolls have long been accused of sexualising child's play. Now, an Australian artist has gi...

How Having A Big Bum Will Make Your Kids Smarter

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you're a lady with a booty to rival Kim K's, we have some good news for you. Women with sizeable derrières have smarter children than flat-bott...

Why 'Britain's First Gay School' is a Terrible Idea

Josh Marshall | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Josh Marshall

Being gay is not different, it is not wrong , it is not 'alien' - It is perfectly normal and just another wonderful colour on the spectrum of love.

Parents-To-Be Share Big News With Heartwarming Twist

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Forget the innovative pregnancy announcements on YouTube, one couple decided to share some big news of their own using a simple card. But it's the twi...

Finished! Twelve Words That Change Their Meaning After Kids

Jess Paterson | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Paterson

Everything changes when you have children. You enter a whole new world with a whole new vocabulary. Baby-wearing, perineal massage, Bugaboo - yours is a new language. But parenthood also twists the words in your very mouth too.

Things You Should Know About a Playdate With Us

Jude Hurrell | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Hurrell

So apparently, sending out invites for Play Dates is a thing now. A card would save me the cringe-fest of saying the phrase out loud, I suppose, which totally makes my teeth itch. So twee! And it smacks of a type of hyper-scheduled, Alpha-parenting I'll never achieve.

Diagnosis: Infertility

Jane Newman | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Newman

More needs to be done to educate people in fertility matters. By this I mean that when trying for a baby it is not as simple as making the decision, doing the deed, and nine months later your baby arrives.

Five Worst Pets For Children

Stuart Laws | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Stuart Laws

I spoke to two people, who were children in the past, about the awful time in their lives, when they owned stick insects. Sarah & Lizzie are real life sisters and perform inappropriate sketches, in a bid to win their mother's affection.

Horrific Video Shows Schoolgirls Singing Racist Songs

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK

Disturbing video footage has emerged of girls as young as five singing a racist song while a toddler walks around the room. Three schoolgirls - age...

Could Circumcision Lead To Autism?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Circumcision before the age of five may double a boy's risk of developing autism, according to controversial new study. Scientists in Denmark belie...

Try Not To Cringe At These Parents Giving Their Kids The Sex Talk

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The people who brought you Grannies Smoking Weed are back, and they've struck gold again. The latest video from Cut.com features a host of families...

This Is What It's Like In A Child's Mind

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Tech

A German video producer has turned everyday footage of his child into a vision of what goes on inside a toddler's imagination. What was originally ...

Mollycoddling Children in School Will Not Prepare Them For the Real World

Meliha Hayat | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Meliha Hayat

Perhaps separating the boys and girls is not enough; a lot of it comes down to the parents as well. It seems nowadays, particularly in western countries, many parents tend to mollycoddle their children and avoid placing 'too much pressure' on them once they get home from school.

'Why I Still Breastfeed My Six-Year-Old Child'

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Last week, when The Mirror ran a story about mum of two Denise Sumpter who still breastfed her six-year-old, it didn't create much of a murmur. Bu...

Children's Mental Health - Don't Suffer in Silence

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Given that so many parents worry about their children's mental health and wellbeing, it is vital that parents and children can talk honestly about their worries. This is needed both in families and in society's wider debates so that mental health gets the attention it needs.

This Toddler Loves Frozen's 'Let It Go' More Than Anyone

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

So you thought you were the world's biggest Frozen fan, huh? Think again my Olaf-loving friend. This little boy is so enamored by his sister's Elsa...

Why You Should Swap Sugar From Your Kid's Diet

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A new Change4Life campaign led by Public Health England (PHE) launches today in a bid to encourage parents to cut back on the amount of sugar they fee...

Why So Many of Us Split Up in the New Year

Penny Mansfield | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Mansfield

New research from the relationships charity that I work for OnePlusOne has found that a quarter of all parents who live with their partner and children have secretly considered separating or divorcing their partner.

Mary Poppins & The Attention Seeking Child

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Louisa Leontiades

Mary Poppins by Disney, is not the P.L. Travers version. In the original books, the Banks children live in a dark, sugarless world which is brightened by Mary only inasmuch as she shows them a different side of life. A magical side of a world where infants are forced to forget their union with the universe by the rigours of our society.

Five Things I've Enjoyed About Motherhood That I Never Thought I Would

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

Not all Mums are negative automatons. It depends what type of day they're having. It just seems to me (as a Mum) that much of what I write (and read) covers more of the bummed out side of parenting. And all to often I speak to other parents and they seem to be complaining a lot too.

One Stocking Missing

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

Children have always been the centre of Christmas and when you are longing for a child, Christmas can be one of the most heart breaking times of the year. Imagine this... A 9-month walk of hope and longing. At the end of the journey an empty crib.

The 12 Reasons Mums Should Love Christmas

Olivia Siegl | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

There is never an inappropriate time for a drink! Regardless of the day, the number of children you're in charge of or the fact it's before 9am, there is never an inappropriate time to be enjoying a tipple when it comes to the Christmas Period.