UK Children

How To Teach Children Manners Without Turning Into A Bossy Schoolmarm

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork/Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents

Teaching children manners and etiquette is a tricky business. Thankfully, we've moved on from the days when people thought children should be seen ...

Doctors' Anger As Price War Over Meningitis Vaccine Rages

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK

A meningitis vaccine that is currently the subject of price negotiations should be introduced as soon as possible "to save lives", a charity has warne...

Homeless and Alone: Teenagers Are Being Let Down

Matthew Reed | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK
Matthew Reed

Our shocking findings show that an estimated 12,000 16 and 17-year-olds - enough to fill Wembley arena - have asked their council for help in finding a new home for them. But more than half are turned away without even being assessed.

What Will My Sons Do Now?

Nick Taussig | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Taussig

The parent of a disabled child, you are suddenly forced to look with a hard and discerning eye at the society your children live in. Will it nurture them, in spite of their condition, or will it neglect them?

'I Can't Go To Your Birthday Party Because You're Black'

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents

A father has revealed the shocking RSVP his daughter received to her birthday invite, where a young classmate explained she might not be allowed to at...

Why We Must Further Nurture Grit and Resilience in Our Schoolchildren

Charlie Rigby | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Yesterday Education Secretary Nicky Morgan stated that being academic in the modern world simply isn't enough, and that too narrow a focus was given to passing exams, when more time should be spent developing the grit and resilience young people will do frequently need in life. This is a message I wholeheartedly agree with, but it is a little late in coming.

Giving Your Children the World: The Gift of Travel

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

It has been commonly said that you only fully learn to appreciate your parents after you have had your own children. For me, this has proven true. It is now that I see how much work it is being a Mother. It is rewarding, yes, but also a huge sacrifice.

Ten Reasons Why Pets Are Powerful

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Hayley Goleniowska

It's incredible how those animals formed an integral part of my childhood theatre, and that they were not only very much a part of the action, but they were also key protagonists.

Nothing Says Love Like a Gigantic Helium Balloon

Felicity Fox | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Felicity Fox

I would do rational tomorrow. Today, I was freaking out. I hurried down to the location, hair thrown on top of head, make-up absent and dressed in full-spandex running gear as I knew my endurance would be tested.

Parental Rights and Wrongs in Divorce

Ayesha Vardag | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Ayesha Vardag

No doubt it will become more usual for both parents to take on more equal roles in parenting in the future - particularly given the changes in parental leave at work that are set to come into force in the UK in the coming weeks.

Following My Letter to Jamie Oliver

Claire Campbell-Adams | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Campbell-Adams

My husband or I will phone ahead, tell them the kids have Coeliac Disease and ask if they have gluten free choices on the menu, they say yes, we tell the kids, then off we go. Inevitably we arrive to find that whilst they do gluten free for adults they don't for children.

Mean Things Our Parents Did To Us When We Were Little

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Parenting isn't easy, god bless 'em, but sometimes, we're lead to wonder exactly where they picked up their er, techniques from. Following a remini...

Seven Year Old Boy Reflects on Where Water Comes From

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

To mark World Water Day on Sunday 22nd of March, the international water and sanitation charity WaterAid has asked the public to reflect on what water means to them through the film competition sH2Orts.

Mother's Day....in the Middle Years

Liz Fraser | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

When our children are very young we think we are in a living Hell.We think that nothing could EVER be as bad as this living Hell, except possibly if our father-in Law came round for tea as well and pointed out how we should just relax more.

No, Peppa Pig Is Not to Blame for Your Children's Behaviour.

J.N. Paquet | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
J.N. Paquet

A week ago, a columnist of the Daily Mail was telling her readers why she had suddenly decided to ban the four-time Bafta-winning cartoon Peppa Pig from her home. Is Britain's top-selling pre-school character as dangerous and evil as the journalist claims it is?

The Day We Lost a Child (For Five Minutes)

Natasha Batsford | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK
Natasha Batsford

There was no traffic, there were no men with large nets and child catcher wagons, in fact, looking around me the worst hazard I could identify was the frightening amount of sugar that was on sale.

Life Lessons From My Four-Year-Old. #1 Let It Go!

Victoria Ward | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ward

Somewhere along the way of growing up, we lose that special talent of not taking things personally and we get so serious about any little offence. We don't let other people off the hook with forgiveness easily, and we harbour ill feelings for a long, often unhealthy, amount of time.

These Lego Figures Aim To Inspire Little Girls To Become Judges

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents

In the UK, just 32% of judges sitting in courts and tribunals are women. But one lady is aiming to change this through the power of Lego. Maia Wei...

It's International Women's Week, so Here's to Mothers - The Minions of the World

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Vanessa Olorenshaw

So, where does that leave a mother who wishes to stay at home and raise her family? Between a party who loathes them, a party who patronises them and a party who ignores them.

The Tale of the Watching Bird.

Polly Walker | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Walker

Referring back to my desire for our girls not to be entirely 'Disneyfied' or spend their whole childhood completely surrounded by pink princesses, sparkly fairies, Barbies and ponies, you'll know why I've also been following the Let Toys be Toys Campaign with interest.

Having Done So Myself, I Hope My Daughter Never Wants to Travel in India Solo

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

Just a few days into my trip, a rickshaw driver insisted he hold my hand during visits to exquisite monuments, so as to demonstrate to other men I was protected. I insisted he didn't.

The Best Mum in the World - Really?

Judy Reith | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Judy Reith

You would think I had asked them to tell the person next to them how often they have sex. Speaking up about your parenting ability is just not something parents find easy. Had I asked them to talk about what they get wrong as a parent, they would never shut up.

Why Being a Mummy Really is the Best Job in the World

Jane Newman | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Newman

Every day is different, brings with it new challenges, as well as happy memories and laughter. Each child is very different, with their own little personalities. It's funny to see bits of myself and my husband in each of them.

'Best Interests': The Power Struggle for Children of Divorce

Michael Collier | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Michael Collier

I often say that we seem to live our lives based on a magical book of what 'Should or Shouldn't Happen' and that to do so is ridiculous.

Give us our daily...NAG!

Suzanne Peters | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Peters

It's official. I have become a nag. Just like my mother before me, and probably hers before that, and it goes on and on and on to when Eve had a baby in the Garden of Eden, and became a nag. Because that's what you do when you become a mum.