UK Children

Work-life Balance - A Dad's Survival Guide

Malcolm Bell | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Malcolm Bell

This isn't a cry for help. But I can't help but notice, my wife is asked all the time about 'work-life' balance, but nobody ever asks me. The way you feel, act and certainly look (sleepness nights) is changed forever.

Darling Miles

Chris Neill | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Chris Neill

For 2014, I suppose I need to become a kinder and less critical person and see all this as welcome variety in humankind's make up. Although no one ever, under any circumstances, should fart in shops, obviously.

UN Convoy Crosses Conflict Line to Reach Vulnerable Children and Families With Emergency Supplies

Michele Al Kaae | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Michele Al Kaae

I took part in a recent UN convoy that delivered much-needed relief supplies to a hard-to-reach area of rural Idleb, in Syria's north-west. An estimated 40,000 displaced people have taken shelter in Khan Shikhon town, in the southern part of the governorate, swelling the town's regular population of around 80,000. They have come mainly to escape fighting their home areas in rural parts of Idleb and Hama governorates... For many of these vulnerable children and families, the humanitarian situation in Khan Shikhon is grim.

Missing Children, Missing Care and Missing Questions: Why Are Children in Care Being Failed?

Charlotte Proudman | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK
Charlotte Proudman

We need a debate about whether it is morally acceptable to profit from the social care of vulnerable children. About how palatable the commoditisation of care is. About how appropriate it is to have a 'market' in housing children with multiple needs...

It's Been a Positive Year in Tackling Child Abuse, and Your New Year's Resolution Could Make Next Year Even Better

Peter Wanless | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

How about a resolution that will change other people's lives and yours too? ChildLine is urgently seeking volunteers to go into schools to talk directly with nine-11-year-old children about different forms of abuse and about staying safe. You don't need any previous experience and you will be given first class training and support.

Soft Play Session for Children with Special Needs

Jo Worgan | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

We recently attended a private play session at a local soft play centre; this was for children with additional and special needs, their siblings and parents. My youngest son Tom, aged 5 has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Are We Raising a Generation of Neurotics or Does Fewer Siblings Mean an End to Family Squabbles?

Christina Franks | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Franks

So only children are the future. Bigger families are increasingly disparaged in the West, remaining the preserve of the opposing ends of the class spectrum, and fewer and fewer of us will be able to afford the financial and time investment required to rear a brood as market conditions adapt to smaller families.

Should It Be Illegal For Parents To Smack Their Children?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Parents should be banned from smacking children, according to the Children's Commissioner for England. Maggie Atkinson told The Independent it was her...

We Must Stop the 'Painful Increase' in Need for Donations of Food and Clothing

Jacob Tas | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

On the busiest Christmas shopping day of the year staff at Action for Children are working to support the poorest families across the UK stay warm and fed. This is a sad reflection of the worsening effects of the tough economic times we are in; in previous years we handed out presents during the festive season.

Time Outdoors Should Be a Right for All Children

Kirsty Morrissey | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Morrissey

As the wealth gap grows, schools remain one of the few shared factors of the next generation. I think schools should be institutions of education but also a place of opportunity and equality. Governments should ensure time outside is incorporated into education to guarantee no child is denied the access to nature that is so essential for their development.

Dealing With the Death of a Child at Christmas Time

Sharon Dempsey | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Dempsey

Living with the death of a child is difficult at any time of the year but Christmas brings extra challenges for bereaved parents. I should know. This will be my ninth Christmas without my son Owen.

Can You Have Christmas Magic Without Santa?

Zanni Louise | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zanni Louise

On my daughter's first Christmas, my husband Gregor and I discussed Santa. Do we? Don't we? For him, the decision was easy - we can play all the games, but we don't have to actually tell our daughter Santa is real. I thought this sounded reasonable. But part of me was torn. Would we be denying our daughter the magic of Christmas?

The School Christmas Play and Autistic Children

Jo Worgan | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

This year Christmas at school is a happy occasion. Tom is taking part in the Christmas festivities at school, he attends Hillside Specialist School for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Longridge Preston and he is a different little boy to a year ago all because of this wonderful school.

The UK Is Far Too PC on Child Obesity

Alan Jackson | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Jackson

It appears that in the UK we have become so politically correct that accurate biological terminology can't be applied even when highly appropriate and in perfect context. We have to swerve around precise, quantifiable and descriptive words and replace them with ineffectual euphemisms.

Another Nasty Tory Policy in the Making?

Bob Morgan | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

A Tory MP has floated the idea of only paying child benefit for the first two children of any unemployed people. Those actually in work on less than £30,000 a year would only be given child tax credits, worth £2725, for the first two children they have according to this proposal.

Fast Cars - Bahrain's Response to the Protest Movement Is the Equivalent of a Reckless Joyrider

Neil Durkin | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Bahrain has become trapped in an endless circuit of protest-clampdown-further protest-further clampdown. The way out was apparently missed by the authorities long ago and instead we've had police officers acquitted of murder and torture charges (or given lenient sentences), and protesters - including children - given very long prison sentences.

Baby Cambridge's First Christmas

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

If, like the Cambridges, you have a baby aged zero-12 months, you are either aiming towards a routine, or have one already ticking along. The challenge is to make sure that as you take up invitations from family over the Christmas period, that it is a relaxing time for everyone - you and baby especially.

Jessica Elgot

Worst Christmas Ever At Milton Keynes Winter Wonderland

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK

If your ideal Christmas involves paying £42 to see a teenager dressed in Poundland Santa outfit and skate on a synthetic ice rink, then prepare to be...

This Boy's Dad Caught Him Skipping School

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

An eight-year-old Chinese boy was stripped, tied to a tree and whipped in front of an applauding crowd by his own father just for skipping school. ...

Parents' Problems Hit Children the Hardest in Tough Economic Times

Dame Clare Tickell | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Dame Clare Tickell

Poverty and parents who struggle always have and always will impact on children profoundly, which is why it's so important these families get the help they need from organisations like ours.

Blanket Censorship Will Lull Parents Into a False Sense of Security

Diane Duke | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Tech
Diane Duke

Yes, as the UK government's paper so aptly calls it 'Basically...Porn is Everywhere'. Pornography is about sex and nudity which, whether you like it or not, is a fundamental part of our being. It is also regulated and legal in the UK (that's another issue). So when it comes to protecting our children's welfare we need to address the issue of pornography in an adult way.

New Sentencing Guidelines for Sex Offenders - Another Victory in the Long Battle to Stop Child Abuse

Peter Wanless | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

Today's overhaul of the guidelines for sexual offences, which the NSPCC has been calling for, is an important step forward in both recognising the harm done to victims and in justice being done.

'Don't Have Children If You're Not Going To Consider Marriage'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK

A prominent judge has urged couples to only have children if their relationship is stable enough for them to get married. Sir Paul Coleridge told ...

Why Epigeneticists Are Optimistic About Reducing Child Abuse

Lisa Harker | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
Lisa Harker

Through the study of epigenetics, scientists have identified a clear difference in the genetic expression of individuals who had been abused, and in doing so they are helping to illuminate the process by which childhood trauma can alter an individual's development.

Boy Suspended From School For Firing Imaginary Arrow

Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK

So let's try and get this straight... In America you can buy automatic weapons in Black Friday sales - but firing an imaginary bow and arrow can ge...