UK Children

There Is No Quick Fix for Child Sexual Exploitation

Javed Khan | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

Recent weeks have given us a sobering reminder of the dreadful impact of child sexual exploitation. The further revelations regarding Rotherham coupled with the announcements of new investigations in Manchester, Halifax and Essex, reinforce the belief that we are only beginning to scratch the surface of this emerging national blight.

You Can't Babysit Your Own Kids

Ashley Beolens | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ashley Beolens

You cannot babysit your own kids, what you are doing is being a responsible adult or parent and looking after the produce of your (probably) misguided fumblings (anyone who claims this clearly has no wish to be a dad so it must have been a mistake, am I right?).

An Escape From One English Winter Became Ten Years In Mexico

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

Mid-January, ten years ago, the colours and sunshine of my first day in San Miguel had me pinned. A week later, I met the person who was to become my husband. Today, we are raising three young children.

Rookie Parenting Mistakes

Claire Kirby | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

Here are my tales from the front line. The rookie mistakes I made in my first five years of parenting. Of course, I only made them with my first son because when the second came along I knew exactly what I was doing. Can you smell smoke?!

Does Enid Blyton Have a Place on My Children's Bookshelf?

Natasha Batsford | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Natasha Batsford

I was aware that the language was old fashioned, and in some cases offensive, but it never got in the way of my love of the books or the stories they told because (like most children) I cared more about characters than grammar.

They Live Among Us....

Polly Walker | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Walker

It has recently become apparent to me that little sorcerers have infiltrated the Walker Camp. Disguised as our offspring too, would you believe! I am in increasing awe - or is it fear?! - of their ability to apply mastery and cunning in a plethora of situations.

Why Dutch Children Are the Happiest in the World (And What We Can Learn From It)

Mihal Greener | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mihal Greener

Dutch children are regularly found to be the happiest in the world, according to those who measure these things. And as an expat raising children in the Netherlands it's easy to see why.

Grumpy Dad Takes on the School Run

Ashley Beolens | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ashley Beolens

So why, when most live nearby and those who don't could catch the bus, do parents insist on clogging up the already busy roads, and disrupting other people's time starved lives, just so their little bag of snot bundle of joy doesn't have to walk?

Bragging Vicariously Through your Child

Kai Humphries | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

The pride generated from the achievements of the juniors in your family tribe is a bit like the team goal, you're actually celebrating your part played in the move, the returns of your investment.

Online bullying: We Must also Consider Children who Bully Others

Deanna Neilson | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Tech
Deanna Neilson

The best source of help for children in these situations is usually their parents. Whether your child is being bullied or bullying others, it's important to know what's going on in their lives you so can help address the issue and any potentially larger problems behind it.

Having it All as a Man

Jayne Morris | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

For both men and women to truly 'have it all' we need flexibility in the way we work so that we can take better care of our own needs and those of our children. This is vital not only to help prevent burnout of the workforce but also to prevent the burnout of our children.

Milestones and Neurotic Mums

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tetteh

Milestones are there as a guideline as to what your child should be doing, but can be a bit misleading too as we are told 'every child is individual' and 'they'll get there in their own time' still we can't help but panic and wonder about the 'unknown' or 'what if'.

Why Restaurants Are No Place to Treat Children

Amy Leech | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Leech

Many a meal and tantrum later we together came to a conclusion that will come as no surprise to most parents. As one fed-up family put it: "these restaurants would go out of business if they treated their grown-up guests the same."

Protecting Children From Second-Hand Smoke

Paul Burstow | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

Protecting children from harm is an obligation both on parents and families and wider society. Protecting children from passive smoking in cars was up for debate today in Parliament. Liberal Democrats have been at the fore in arguing the case for banning smoking in cars and today Parliament voted to implement the new Smokefree (private vehicles) regulations 2015...

Hand In Your Weapon! Let's Make Trees, Not War

A. Dassu | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK
A. Dassu

Mozambique experienced a lot of unrest. Millions of guns and weapons entered the country and therefore the TAE project was set up to eliminate the threat of those hidden and missing weapons.

Mobile Volunteer Teams Bring Joy to Children Affected by Conflict in Syria's Homs Governorate

Razan Rashidi | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK
Razan Rashidi

The Syrian conflict has so far already forced more than five million children to live through terrible experiences. Building on local capacities, UNICEF and its partners are providing crucial psychosocial support for children to help them overcome such traumatic experiences.

Gift Unwanted Children's Clothes to Help End Clothing Waste

Trewin Restorick | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Trewin Restorick

'From a Mother to Another' is a new campaign that helps parents play a small part in creating a better future for their children. It makes it easy for parents to donate high quality unwanted baby and children's clothing to families in the UK who are most in need.

Children Pose A Danger To Smartphones, New Research Reveals

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Comedy

Parents are being warned not to let their young children use tablets and smartphones for long periods of time, after a new study highlighted the dange...

Time to Tell the Kids That You Are Getting Divorced

Sara Davison | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

Telling the children is the part that many parents fear the most. The last thing that they want to do is hurt their children and it's a really difficult conversation to have as the consequences are life changing for the whole family. However there are some guidelines that will make it a little easier if you follow them.

Kate Winslet Says Divorce Can Be Good For Kids

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There's no denying that the initial stages of divorce can be traumatic, both for a couple and any children involved. But according to Kate Winslet,...

That's the Best Present Ever! (Not)

Claire Kirby | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Kirby

Before I had children, I never really knew what to buy children. I'm still not sure I know now, unless it is for my own offspring. What I do know is what not to buy them. So here is my top three gifts never to get a kid. Never. Ever.

In the Fight Against Climate Change, Our Refusal to Have Children Is One Argument Politicians Can't Ignore

Clare Finney | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Clare Finney

Women not having children historically bothers authority. And while they may do so for myriad reasons today, as more and more women follow suit and cite the environment as the cause, it will be interesting to see what happens: whether politicians, apparently deaf to the marches, petitions and scientists, will listen to prospect of our hollow wombs.

We're Going on the School Run - My Adaptation of 'The Bear Hunt'.

Polly Walker | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Walker

Get undressed again! Wriggle struggle! Wriggle struggle! Into bed. Under the covers. Yawny stretchy! Yawny stretchy! We're not doing the school run on an inset day again.

How Come Parents Need to Man Up?

Lykke Scheel Lyons | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lykke Scheel Lyons

Children need parents to act like parents by setting boundaries and telling them whenever they are behaving badly. While you may mistakenly think that your child will become your friend and thank you in years to come for your weak boundaries and disclipline, they will not.

Why Choice, Not Breast, Is Best

Rose Carraig | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Carraig

Choice is what should be promoted, not exclusively breastfeeding. I am absolutely sick to the gills of health professionals and the NHS and antenatal/postnatal professionals, and worst culprits of all, fellow mothers, constantly banging on about how important it is to breastfeed.