UK Children

'The Danish Way of Parenting: A Guide to Raising the Happiest Kids in the World' by Jessica Alexander and Iben Sandahl, a Review

Matthew Hirtes | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Parents
Matthew Hirtes

The Danes have a very common-sense approach to educating their children at home. And Alexander and Sandahl advocate unstructured free time. In other countries, there's a pressure on parents to fill their children's time with after-school activities, whether it be in a sports club or something more musical.

Parents Speak Out In Support Of David Beckham Over Dummygate

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Parents

Parents have spoken out in support of David Beckham, after the 40-year-old and his wife were criticised in a Daily Mail article for allowing their fou...

Proof You Should Never Film A Craft Tutorial With A Toddler

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Parents

Mum-of-two and blogger Ilana Wiles thought it would be a brilliant idea to get both her daughters to help her out with a soap-making craft tutorial fo...

10 Habits Parents Struggle To Break With Their Kids

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Parents

Whether it's sleeping in their bed while they fall asleep or letting them win that game of scrabble, it's not unusual to form small (but sweet) habits...

We All Want A Go On This Human Claw Machine

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Parents

Pictures have been released showing children dangled above a large sea of cuddly toys in a "human claw machine" in southwest China. The machine wor...

Cuts Will Push Children Fleeing Violence Even Deeper Into Poverty

Peter Grigg | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
Peter Grigg

Today marks another major setback for families fleeing violence, war and persecution as new government cuts to asylum support come into force. In a single stroke, the Government's decision to cut crucial financial support for these families will cause severe hardship to thousands of children in the UK, leaving many children living on just £5 a day.

Parents Reveal Their 'Why?' Question Woes

PA | By Sally Wardle, Press Association | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Parents

Children ask "why?" eight times a day but parents are unable to respond more than half the time, a survey found.  Almost half (47%) of parents wit...

'It's Literally You And Them And Every Minute Of Every Day Is Just Living To Keep Them Alive'

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Parents

New mum Kimberley Walsh has spoken out about how overwhelming she found those early days of parenting son Bobby Jay, who turns one in September. "T...

Cast Adrift: Why Welfare Cuts Will Hurt The Children and Families Who Need Our Help Most

Jackie Brock | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK Politics
Jackie Brock

We are not talking about families going on expensive holidays, or buying the latest gadgets. We are simply talking about the basics - food on the table, clothes on your back and heat in the home.

Tamzin Outhwaite Takes Career Break To Spend Time With Kids

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Parents

Tamzin Outhwaite is taking the "gap year she never had" to spend more time with her daughters. After a packed career finding fame on Eastenders and...

Breastfeeding in the Age of Equality

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Parents
Vanessa Olorenshaw

At these various gatherings, I found real help in the nourishing company of fellow mothers engaged in mothering in the most old-fashioned of ways. None are intimidatingly seemingly perfect in every way - we are mothers who are doing our best and good enough is good enough.

One More Reason Why Netflix Is Brilliant (Especially If You're A Parent)

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Parents

Netflix's new maternity and paternity leave policy will allow mums and dads to take off as much time as they like during the first year after their c...

Smoking During Pregnancy Could Affect Children In Strange Way

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Parents

Women who smoke during pregnancy could increase the risk of their children committing crimes, according to a new study. Research involving 5,000 Au...

Child Malnutrition

Ben Hanton | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Parents
Ben Hanton

It is not just money (or lack of) that is forcing children to eat in a way that is detrimental to their health. People make poor choices in general when it comes to food for their families. The modern diet, full of refined carbohydrates, hydrogenated vegetable oils and sugar, can in itself cause problems.

Debate Rages Over Whether Children Should Be Banned From Flights

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Parents

A child throwing the mother of all tantrums on a plane is a scene dreaded by parents and non-parents alike. So what's the solution? On ITV's Thi...

The Stranger Danger Dilemma - What Should We Really Tell Our Kids?

Catherine Ball | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Parents
Catherine Ball

Now I am a parent myself, I am faced with a dilemma. Do I terrify my own children about strangers? As an adult, I now know the uncomfortable truth. That children are far more likely to be hurt by people they know and trust and that simply never talking to strangers isn't always enough to keep them safe.

Wayne Rooney Named First Child NSPCC Ambassador

PA | By Dominic Harris, Press Association | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Parents

Manchester United and England football captain Wayne Rooney has signed up as the NSPCC's first ambassador for childhood. The striker, a father of t...

'I Felt Really Trapped Like I'm Going To Be Terrible, Like I'm Not Going To Be Able To Do This'

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Parents

Stacey Solomon speaks candidly about one of the most challenging issues facing new mothers: post-natal depression. The singer and presenter opened ...

Our Family and Our Foster Care Journey

Jesse Toksvig-Stewart | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Parents
Jesse Toksvig-Stewart

My mum has since gone on to have about 11 short-term foster placements with young children looking for love and stability. Many kids that with a good routine, structure and cuddles, blossomed into charismatic little people they had never got a chance to be.

Children Who Are Fussy Eaters May Be Prone To Mental Health Problems

PA | By John von Radowitz, Press Association Science Correspondent | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Parents

Fussy eating in children could be a sign of mental health problems such as anxiety or depression and should not be ignored, experts have warned. P...

Marking a Landmark Day in Fight Against Trafficking

Matthew Reed | Posted 01.08.2015 | UK
Matthew Reed

Today marks a key point in the fight against slavery in the UK. With the Modern Slavery Act coming into force, law enforcement will have greater powers to target and prosecute traffickers and additional protection will be provided to the victims of this brutal crime.

Gender Stereotypes - I Blame the Parents

Nick Clements | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Parents
Nick Clements

We bring gender baggage with us at all times, and consciously and subconsciously we cloud our children's world with subtle and not so subtle messages. Many parents who think they are gender unbiased, actually aren't.

A Week In The Life Of Dan Osborne And His Kids

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Parents

Former TOWIE star Dan Osborne never shies away from sharing gorgeous photos of him and his two children, and the past week has been no different. T...

Baby Diagnosed With Cancer After Mum Shared Photo Showing 'Reflective Eye'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Parents

A mother was concerned about a strange reflection that showed in her five-month-old daughter's eye, so posted a photo to Facebook for some friendly ad...

Clothes From Kardashian Kids Collection Are Not What You'd Expect

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Parents

When Kim, Kourtney and Khloé announced they were launching the Kardashian Kids collection in February 2014, no one was really sure what to expect. ...