UK Children

Smacking Kids Should Be Made Illegal, Suggests UN

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Parents

Parents smacking children should be made illegal in the UK, a United Nations report has suggested. In the report, the UN stated the UK should put ...

Mum's Reaction To Driver Parking In Family Bay Is Priceless

Caters News Agency | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Parents

A mum-of-two frustrated by a "lazy" driver who wrongly parked in a family bay decided to take matters into her own hands - by blocking him in. Cla...

'Dream Come True': Malaria Vaccine Approved After 30 Years Of Trials

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A vaccine which could help protect against malaria, has been given the green light after 30 years of trials. The Mosquirix (RTS,S) vaccination, wh...

Adorable Photos Of Twins Who Have Grown Up On A Boat

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Parents

Scott and Brittany Meyers don't have the most conventional family life. They wed in 2010 and set sail from Chicago to make their way through the Ca...

Kids These Days Are Smoking And Drinking A Lot Less Than They Used To

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK

Only a small percentage of children aged 11-15 in England have ever used 'legal highs' while only half have even heard of them, a new report has found...

Girl's Birthday Balloon Travels 900 Miles To Germany

SWNS | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Parents

A birthday balloon travelled 900 miles after a little girl let it go in her back garden. Lillie-May Austin, eight, set the balloon free from her h...

Two-Year-Old Scared Witless By Santa Claus - Mum Needs Advice

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Parents

A worried mum has appealed to the realms of the internet for advice after his two-year-old has admitted she is scared of Santa, five months before Chr...

Jeff Brazier And Sons Celebrate 'Mummy Day' Monthly For Jade

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Parents

Jeff Brazier and his sons celebrate Jade Goody's life once a month on a day they call 'mummy day'. Brazier revealed that he and Goody's children - ...

Brave Girl Saves Younger Brother Trapped Under Fallen 40ft Tree

SWNS | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Parents

A young girl saved her three-year-old brother's life when a 40ft tree fell on them as they played on an inflatable slide. Sophie Parkinson, seven,...

Teacher Writes School Report... For Parents

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Parents

Your child's end-of-year school report might have landed on your kitchen table recently, but did you also receive a report detailing your own behaviou...

Mum's Facebook Post About Baby Gagging On Teething Toy Goes Viral

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Parents

A mother has taken to Facebook to share the story of when her six-month-old daughter "choked" on the legs of a Sophie the Giraffe teething toy and the...

Mum Whose Son Got Severely Burnt On School Trip: 'Teachers Are Not To Blame'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Parents

The mother of a 13-year-old boy who suffered severe sunburn while on a school trip to Spain has said it was her own son's fault, not the teachers'. ...

Steve Miller: 'Parents Of Obese Children Should Be Sent To Jail'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Parents

A weight loss campaigner has called for the government to consider sending the parents of obese children to jail. Steve Miller, host of TV show Fat...

Young Girls Are More Than Just Pretty Faces: Let's Remember That

Zion Lights | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Parents
Zion Lights

A three-year-old girl is climbing a tree in a park. A man walking by comments to her mother: 'she should have been born a boy!' The mother makes a general comment of agreement, while I grit my teeth and tell myself that I am overreacting, that he means well, and anyway my two female tree climbers are out of earshot...

Incoherent, Expensive and Unfair: How Do We Fix the UK's Childcare System?

Jackie Brock | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK
Jackie Brock

The UK's childcare system is broken. In Scotland, where I lead a major children's charity, multiple factors mean the current settlement penalises many families. The first issue is, simply, cost... There is also a profound crisis of availability. Many parents find it impossible to access childcare provision that fulfils the needs of their child and complements work or study.

"It's everything... it's my whole life:" Jo Whiley opens up about motherhood

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Parents

Radio DJ and television presenter Jo Whiley talks candidly to Tess Daly about her life as a hectic mum-of-four, juggling her career with child-rearing...

Your Baby's Microbiome: Why Birth to Age Three Is So Critical For Your Child's Health

Toni Harman | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Parents
Toni Harman

My after-the-birth plan also went out the window. I planned to breastfeed on demand, to do lots of skin-to-skin, for my newborn to sleep in a cot beside me, for visitors to arrive only after day 7 and I also wanted to try reusable nappies.

Back To School Shopping Checklist

Parentdish UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Parents

It's that time of year again, when you need to start thinking about shopping for school supplies.Shopping for school uniform during the summer holiday...

This Dance Studio Proves Children With Disabilities Can Do Ballet

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When a parent learns their child may have a disability, they often have to go through months or even years of assessments. When the gruelling diagnost...

To the Working Mother This Summer

Kiran Chug | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Parents
Kiran Chug

This summer, I will feel the ache of not being there. I will live through the photos, I will cry at night, I will miss them with such longing I will feel your anger that we aren't there.

When It Comes to Parenting, Make Sure You Choose Your Battles

Katharine Hill | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

As someone who can veer towards the authoritarian style of parenting, one of the most helpful pieces of wisdom I received was, 'Choose your battles.'

PSHE: The Missing Link

Fiona Smith | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.

Parents Discuss The State Of School Reports

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Parents

Some parents have complained about the state of their children's school reports. It's not the children's performance that the parents are disappoin...

How Many Children Will You Have? This Fun Quiz Can Help You Decide

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Parents

You might dream of having a big family, but a new quiz doing the rounds on Facebook is predicting how many children you can really look after. The ...

Family Driven Out Of Home By Plague Of Flying Ants

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Parents

A family have been driven out of their home after suffering from a swarm of flying ants invading their house. Michelle Rodgers, 36, and her two dau...