UK Children

Is Summer Camp Like the Movies, Mama?

Emily Buchanan | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Buchanan

Needless to say, my experience of camp was nothing like Moonrise Kingdom. So where does this distinctive tradition come from and why, historically, do we not practised it in the UK?

Talking About the iGeneration

Hillary Graves | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hillary Graves

The recent news reports about the launch of a mobile phone for four-year-olds have caused a real stir in the media and raise questions around the role of technology in family life. Is there really a need for a four-year-old to have his or her own mobile phone?

A Blueprint for a Better World?

Brendan Cox | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Politics
Brendan Cox

Getting a group of people to agree anything is hard. Ask a room full of people the best way to make a cup of tea and you'll get a phalanx of opinions. So imagine how hard it must be to get 27 people to agree priorities for the future of the world. And then imagine them all being from different countries, from diverse backgrounds and with distinct interests.

Alcoholic Children: Britain's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

We have created a nation of children who have grown up around massive alcohol consumption. Huge. For at least the past eight years social networking has made it irrelevant whether it takes place in their own home or not. Everyone has a platform to share learned behaviour with susceptible peers.

Is This The Smallest Girl In The World?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

She might be five years old, but that doesn't stop onlookers from calling her 'Baby Charlotte'. Charlotte Garside was born with a rare form of Pri...

Jo Swinson You're Missing the Point, Fat Bodies Are Destroying Self Esteem

Janice Atkinson | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

The answer is quite simple Ms Swinson. Instead of wasting taxpayers' money on campaigns that no one is going to listen to, you should be directing your campaigns to not feeding children junk food in school, selling off playing fields, and failing to tackle the food industry.

'Don't Praise Children For How They Look'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A Lib Dem MP has told parents not to praise their children for how they look. Jo Swinson, MP for East Dunbartonshire, has warned that telling children...

Five Ways to Fake a Break and Avoid Parenting Burnout

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

Before it was wrong, children often toiled alongside their parents. For their parents. Now we work for them. Like tiny benign overlords they preside over us. Arguably it's better this way. But sometimes, when my toddler rides me like a mule after 12 hours of one-to-one fun, only marginally so.

Going on a Bear Hunt: A Show to Melt the Heart of Gove

Laura Evans Vogel | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Laura Evans Vogel

Surely if Michael Gove were to sit in Little Angel Theatre for Going on a Bear Hunt, he would have his cold heart warmed and rethink the value of arts in education, see how they aid the kind of reasoning and critical thinking that culminate in a society's true mark of success: superb works of collaborative art.

Should Five-Year-Old Learn About Porn Dangers At School?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK

Many parents believe schools should teach children about the dangers of pornography as soon as they are old enough to use the internet, a survey sugge...

Did We Get the Millennium Development Goals Wrong?

Justin Byworth | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK
Justin Byworth

The UN Millennium Development Goals, which will come to an end in 2015, have certainly given us a lot to celebrate. Yet extreme poverty is as much a threat to children today as before. We need to ask ourselves some hard questions as to why this is.

Is Your Child Ready to Learn?

David Holmes | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK
David Holmes

We know from our own work with families that children who come from vulnerable and disadvantaged families are most at risk of experiencing problems with school readiness. In 2011 the Sutton Trust found that children who come from low-income or disadvantaged families are often up to a year behind in their development...

Bigger Picture, Perennial Wisdom?

Adrian Millar | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

How did I ever get into this, I think? How did I ever let my life slide so far? I could have been a political science lecturer, a Japanese language interpreter, a writer who inspired millions, but here I am sorting out arguments between two teenagers. Where did it all go wrong?

Divorce - Five Things Not to Give a Damn About

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

Ok, I'm sorry but even as you go through your divorce, as bitter and acrimonious as it is or can be at the time, there are some things that may happen, which you might indeed surprise you, hurt you or just plain "make you have kittens" as my friend June would say.

As A Child With Alopecia Areata Gets Sent Home From School, We Must Raise Awareness Of The Disease

Jonny Harris | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Harris

It hit the hair loss headlines this week when a boy in Philadelphia with alopecia areata got sent home from school for having hair that violated the school's short hair policy. The incident illustrates the woeful lack of awareness concerning the disease, which is thought to affect around 2% of the population.

Child Abuse Advert Shows Hidden Message for Children

Posted 09.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

In a bid to improve improve the effectiveness of its campaigns to help young people in trouble, a child abuse support charity has taken an innovative ...

'Four Million UK Children In Poverty By 2020'

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Politics

Four million children could be living in poverty in the UK by the end of the decade, new research has predicted. The assessment by the Institute fo...

Don't Let Conflict Be a Smoke Screen, Obscuring Humanitarian Needs

Johan Eldebo | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Politics
Johan Eldebo

Audiences the world over are captivated by images of violence. Rolling news runs round-the-clock footage of troops and tanks fighting harsh battles in some of the world's most inhospitable places. This deserves our attention and thank goodness these pictures stir the public and their political leaders to tackle pressing security issues.

Why We Should Avoid Gender Segregation of Toys

Athene Donald | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Athene Donald

When I was growing up, Lego bricks came in primary colours and no one told me I couldn't build a garage, a rocket, a pirate ship or whatever took my fancy. Although the choice of bricks back then was severely limited, my imagination did not have to be. Now it seems to be the norm to split the building sets Lego market into those deemed appropriate for boys and those for girls.

When Kids Are So Eager to Do Homework They're Beating Each Other

Melanie Kendry | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Kendry

When kids are fighting because they all want to do maths practice - or grammar - with you, it's a nice problem to have. But also one you need to solve. What if you're handling your kids solo, and there's no one else there to get the offender(s) in a headlock so you can carry on?

Pornography on the School Syllabus?

Pippa Smith | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Pippa Smith

New guidance for teachers from the Sex Education Forum is deeply disturbing as teachers are encouraged to tell pupils in sex education lessons that porn is 'not all bad', is 'hugely diverse', and to talk about all aspects of porn. Parents will surely be horrified by this.

Here We Go Again

Jonathan Wheeler | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK
Jonathan Wheeler

News that veteran BBC broadcaster, Stuart Hall, has admitted to a string of sex crimes involving girls and young women in the 60s, 70s and 80s is especially troubling for its similarities with the Savile enquiry.

The Indignity of Indiscipline (And Why Too Much Parenting Advice Leaves Me Bemused, Confused and All Out of 'Instinct')

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

During a brief stint teaching, my shoes were captured and held to ransom by students. I don't remember the detail of their demands, just that I was h...

An Exhausted Kitten, Baby Owl Chick And A Mother's Emotional Letter (PICTURES)

Elliot Wagland | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK

We've compiled a list of the most popular pictures and gifs uploaded to the photo sharing website, with the intention of melting your hearts...

We Need to Talk About Sex

Jon Brown | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Brown

The next time your children ask you what sex is or tell you they have seen something rude online take the opportunity. Sit down and start talking to your children about sex. It's an issue that, however embarrassing, is something society cannot afford to be taught by the school of