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The Guilt Factor

Claire Irvin | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Irvin

And there it is. The thing that defines almost everything I do in this new stage of my life. The thing that is a 24/7 reminder I'm no longer just daughter, wife, friend, career girl - I'm a mummy too. It's guilt. Yep, the minute you enter parenthood, you'd think that love is the emotion dominating everything you do.

Ready, Set, Sail!

Sarah Ayton | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Ayton

Combine together 14.7˚C air temperature, 16.7˚C sea temperature, 99% humidity, 15.5 knots of speed, a 250 degree wind, and a wave height of 0.5 metres and what do you have? Well yes a lot of numbers but also the formula for a pretty decent day's sailing last Thursday in Southampton!

Should We Ask Our kids' Permission Before Posting Online?

Holly Seddon | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Tech
Holly Seddon

I think the way we invade the private lives of others including our children have reached a point where we all need to step back for a moment and re-assess how we live as humans. On the one hand a comment about our children can be innocent enough as part of our daily social lives and conversations.

Can Parents Use History to Teach Children Modern Manners?

Justin Pollard | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Pollard

Anyone who has ever stood in the aisle of a supermarket watching a furious toddler screaming and hammering their fists on the floor at the injustice of not getting exactly what they want at all times has an idea of what life was like around a mediaeval king.

We Need to Help Teenagers to Find the Opportunity in Uncertainty

Ken Deeks | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ken Deeks

If your life is a doorway, a backpack and the sodden, dirty clothes you are dressed in, then it can be easy to feel unloved, miserable and devoid of any hope for the future. Last year in the UK, 100,000 young people faced a night on the streets. One in three attempted to commit suicide.

A Small Conversation Can Make a Big Difference

Peter Wanless | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK
Peter Wanless

Four out of five parents of five-17-year-olds who agreed to take part in a YouGov poll also told us they think it is their responsibility to talk to their children about the risk. Yet half of all parents surveyed have never done this. And those that did tended to focus on 'stranger danger.'

Katie Hopkins Views on 'This Morning' Belong in a Time Before Television

Michelle Gleaves | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Gleaves

If Hopkins had her own way we would revert back to the Victorian era where no-one is allowed to mingle outside of their own class. God forbid one of her own kids married someone from a poorer background!

Maternity Ward Sales Reps, Ultrasound Parties and 3D Models of Your Foetus - Welcome to the Commercial Face of Childbirth

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

Off my face on painkillers and hormones after an emergency c. section and haemorrhage, I was repeatedly pressured by a sales rep to buy baby photographs. She kept returning to see if I'd 'made a decision'; I could barely decide which way up my baby was supposed to be. Of course this should be banned. It's borderline barbarism and places commercial factors above maternal wellbeing.

The UK's Plan to Block Porn Is Completely Pointless

Planet Ivy | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Tech
Planet Ivy

Forcing every internet user into a limited child-friendly 'utopia' is not only an exaggerated response, but coddling to the point to be unrealistic. Corruption is everywhere - capping every 'sex', 'breast' and 'penis' is futile.

Poor Families 'Worry About Feeding Children In School Holidays'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

One-in-five parents in Britain skips meals in order to feed their children, with many relying so heavily on schools and charities to feed their childr...

The Parental Guilt Trip

Amanda Prowse | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

I think it should come with your Bounty Pack - a certificate of remorse, just you know that you are a fully paid up member of the 'I feel soooo guilty club.' No one told me that growing a human would give me automatic membership, but it did.

End Hunger in Africa

Davinder Kumar | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Politics
Davinder Kumar

The mood in Addis Ababa is a mix of anticipation and sheer optimism. Today, African and international leaders are meeting in a historic summit at the African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital with the sole mandate to meet their biggest challenge - to end hunger in Africa by 2025.

New Vaccine To Protect Babies From Highly Infectious Bug Starts Today

PA | PA | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A new vaccination programme which will protect all babies against a highly infectious bug that is one of the most common causes of diarrhoea in childr...

The Continued Growth of Social Media and the Threat to Child Safety

Daley James Francis | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK
Daley James Francis

On the issue of bullying, social media allowed bullies to change tactics, and with less risk involved. Psychological bullying came to the forefront, with Facebook Groups, pages and live chats all available for vulnerable kids to be targeted. Parents wrote social media off as a "fad" or a "trend" and the majority of them - through no fault of their own - left their kids to it.

Five Creative Apps Every Kid Should Try

Holly Seddon | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Tech
Holly Seddon

Technology has a lot levelled at its robotic feet. Well, scratch below the headlines and you'll find that a) you'd be hard-pressed to avoid technology given that pretty much anything man-made counts as tech and b) there are oodles and oodles of examples of apps, games, websites and hardware helping kids to channel and explore their creativity.

App Store Bill Shock, How You Can Protect Your Kids

Sean Vanderdasson | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Tech
Sean Vanderdasson

Danny Kitchen, a 5 year-old from Bristol, racked up a bill of £1700 in less than 10 minutes. He'd been buying bombs in the 'free' app Zombies vs. Ninja at £69.99 per pack. He bought 19, as well as various other bonuses. When asked what happened Danny said, "I'm not sure how I did it, I thought it was free."

How Can We Encourage Young People to Pursue Engineering Courses and Careers to Preempt the Skills Shortage?

Professor Andy Hopper | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Andy Hopper

With demand for more than two million engineers over the next few decades, it has never been more important to encourage young people to like science, to choose to study science and, ultimately, to choose careers in engineering.

Out of the Refugee Camp, But Out of School Too

Wendy Bruere | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK
Wendy Bruere

Hadija, 12, and her younger siblings are fast becoming part of Syria's lost generation. Hadija has been out of school for over a year and has forgotten how to read. When I asked her if she could read, she said yes. But when she looked at the words on the back of a bottle, she realized she could no longer make out the letters.

Breastfeeding Helps Children 'Climb Up Social Ladder', Study Suggests

PA | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Breastfed children are more likely to climb up the social ladder than their friends who are not, research suggests. The study suggests that those b...

The Schools That Do Less to Help Poorer Children

Bob Morgan | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

If you are a child born into a poor family in the UK you are less likely to do well at school, less likely to do well in life and ultimately die at a younger age. This is grossly unfair but true for thousands of our young people.

WATCH: Chinese Girl Rescued After Getting Head Stuck In Window Security Bars

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK

An eight-year-old girl in China had to be rescued after getting her head stuck between security bars on a window six floors up a residential building....

STEP UP for Residential Child Care - Specialism, Safety and Choice

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

As the main body for independent and voluntary providers, the Independent Children's Homes Association (ICHA) is as anxious as everyone else to increase standards and the quality of safeguarding in children's homes. ICHA membership means abiding by our code of practice.

Is Trash Media Responsible for a Lack of Positive Role Models?

Tania Sullivan | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tania Sullivan

We do need to be careful about what our children are exposed to. No, we cannot protect them from everything all the time but we do need to be aware of what they see because children are sponges and they soak it all in - the good and the bad. Unfortunately, good role models and positive influences in modern media are rare.

When Kate and I were BFF's - My Soulful Momma Advice to Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

Alice Grist | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Last night I dreamt that Kate Middleton was my next door neighbour and that she and Wills had their baby. It was a boy in case you were wondering, and...

I'm Not Just a Dad, I'm a Dad

Adrian Millar | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

I'm not just a dad. I'm a dad. I change the world, like all dads and mums. The Obamas know that. And so does Neven. Do you? I hope so.