UK Children

Fate and the defeat of Brazil

Beth McLoughlin | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Beth McLoughlin

As their shock 7-1 defeat sinks in, debates rage here about whether or not Brazilian football is in crisis, and whether the blame can be laid at the feet of Scholari, FIFA or the President herself, Dilma Rousseff.

Time to End Compulsory Worship In Schools

Stephen Evans | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK
Stephen Evans

Removing the collective worship requirement is not a call to jettison all trace of religion from schools... Legally imposing a daily act of worship, in which pupils by law are required to "take part", goes beyond the legitimate function of the state and violates the human right of freedom of belief for children and young people.

Sex, Lies and Scandal as Fiction and Fact Collide

Endeavour Press | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics
Endeavour Press

Blind eyes were turned when paedophile politicians, churchmen and lawyers were allegedly violating children... 'Inquiries were stopped because of potential political embarrassment. Major people with connections (in politics) were dropped out and people lower down carried the can.'

The Little Brazilian Boy Who Believed

Kiran Chug | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Sport
Kiran Chug

You couldn't say Brazil were going home as you would for other teams who failed to make it through the knock-out stages. Brazil were at home. This was their country. This was their tournament. This was meant to be their Cup.

Is What Your Children See on TV Destroying Their Health?

Sandra Roycroft-Davis | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Roycroft-Davis

IMAGINE you find your children watching a TV programme that portrays smoking, drinking and drug-taking as normal everyday behaviour. What will your reaction be?

Dolphin, Tiger or Helicopter? Why It's Time to Stop Labelling Parents

Kiran Chug | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

There's a new type of mum in the playground, and she's the answer to our parenting problems. It's time, you see, for helicopter mums to hover away, for tiger mums to shove over, and for earth mothers to take a few deep breaths and follow this new example. It's the lead of the dolphin parent.

Are All Children Compulsive Liars?

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Are all children compulsive liars? I'm waiting to find out. I know Anna is. I've had a few years to find that out. Iris' language is obviously only just starting to come out so it's hard to tell yet. She looks like a liar. Well she looks just like her sister so her reputation is already tarnished by association.

The Village With No Girls

Firoz Patel | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Firoz Patel

Every day, children in Nepal are at risk of being trafficked; a problem that is getting worse. Trafficked children face daily abuse and exploitation - harm that no child should ever have to face. It is our duty to ensure that children are aware of the dangers of trafficking and to protect them from being subjected to such abuse and exploitation.

These Inappropriate Spelling Mistakes From Kids Are Just Hilarious

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Warning: contains adult language Kids do the funniest things. And often without even realising. Take spelling for example. Just one letter out o...

Stressed Parents: Why Are Women More Anxious Than Men?

Rachel Kelly | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Kelly

I have been forced by mental ill-health to impose limits on the way I live. I've replaced life in an office with freelance writing and voluntary work in prisons and hospitals supporting those with poor mental health: I am entirely the beneficiary, given the well known benefits of trying to help others.

Living Below the Line

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

Myself and my regional team are joining thousands of people across the world by taking part in the Live Below the Line Challenge. For 5 days, we will be living on £1 a day for food and drink, with the aim of raising funds for Oxfam, to help improve the lives of the world's poorest, at home and abroad...

How Barbie Helps Kids Come To Terms With Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Coming to terms with cancer is hard for adults, so imagine how difficult comprehending the illness must be for children. But thankfully there's an...

Field Diary: 72 Hours to Travel 32 Kilometres - A Humanitarian Mission in Aleppo

Insaf Nizam | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Insaf Nizam

I was part of a recent humanitarian mission that delivered emergency assistance to children and families in six hard-to-reach villages in northwestern Aleppo governorate. For some families living in this remote area near the Turkish border, it had been almost two years since they had received humanitarian supplies...

'Too Scared to Talk' - One in Four Children Feel Unable to Share Worries With Parents

Andy McCullough | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy McCullough

If you believe in the importance of open dialogue with your child and want to show your support for children who have no one to talk to then upload the most awkward conversation you've ever had with your child on the hub today or click on the share buttons on the Awkward Conversations hub to take part.

How Could London's Next Mayor Do Better Than Boris? Make Our City the Best Place in the World to Grow Up

David Robinson | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
David Robinson

George Osborne argued yesterday that other cities should have directly elected Mayors with 'clout' like Boris, to drive growth and development outside London. So what is there to learn from Boris and Ken on how to be good Mayors, and what more could their successors in London and their equivalents elsewhere do?

Video Game Culture and Play

Pete Low | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Tech
Pete Low

Despite the parameters we put in place at home, and despite the archaic primary school they go to with less technology than my grandparents' house, video games are a vibrant and significant part of our children's culture and mindset in every aspect of their lives.

Mindfulness in Schools

Anna Moody | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

Has anyone noticed that things are a bit 'off' in the world at the moment? How do we set about course correcting? Can anyone come up with a solution?

Girls Like Pink And Are Passive - This Is What Clarks Thinks In 2014

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Boys climb trees, roll in mud and play fight. Girls like playing with dolls, make-up and reading. That's the sexist message that Clarks are delive...

International Day of the African Child 2014

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

We are still fighting for the rights of children to have a free and quality education. It is now over two full months ago that more than 200 girls were abducted from a school in Chibok, northern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. This terrible situation is the worst nightmare any parent can experience.

In Praise of Idleness?

Helen Chandler | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Chandler

We were quite lucky because by chance we were the first of all our various groups of friends of our generation - school, university, work -to become parents, and so we were going into it totally blind. The amount we knew about bringing up a baby could literally have been written on a postcard.

I Love My Mother, But I Don't Always Like Her

Thuy Yau | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thuy Yau

I've never had an ideal relationship with my parents. In particular, with my mother. We've always differed in our values and morals. As a result, we fought a lot as I was growing up. However, as our relationship stands right now, it's the best it's ever been. Why? Because I've learned to love her for who she is, instead of desperately trying to change her.

Seven Places to Go When You Visit the Cotswolds With Kids

Mette Poynton | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mette Poynton

Every day my family and I consider ourselves lucky to be living in one of the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Cotswolds.

When Do Girls Stop Playing Football?

Kiran Chug | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Sport
Kiran Chug

We all have a role to play in doing this for our girls and boys. The media of course is key, but we cannot underestimate the roles of parents, teachers, sports coaches, advertisers and all of us as consumers. We must continue to tell our girls they can play any game they want. They can be anything they want. They can do anything they want.

Teaching Children About War: Mum's Not the Word

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

The 70th anniversity of D-Day the centenary of the First World War pinpoint 2014 as a year of wartime nostalgia. Amongst fabulous stories of rebel veterans absconding from their care homes to Normandy and colourful re-enactment celebrations, one of the quieter questions being bartered around is 'do kids really know what's going on?.'

My Thoughts on Dads of Disability™ by Gary Dietz

Jo Worgan | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

The stories told within the book illustrate beautifully, I feel a father's perception of and reaction to experiences in life when caring for a child with special or additional needs. Many of the real life stories take us from the birth of the child up to adulthood, sharing many happy and painful experiences along the way.