UK Children

Child Neglect Can Be Stopped in Its Tracks: The Right Information Will Help Reach Children Early

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Children who may be suffering or who are at greater risk of neglect, but whose circumstances do not reach an authority's threshold to receive social care support, are less likely to get the help that they need. Instead, their situations can be allowed to deteriorate to become even more desperate or dangerous. It is a tragedy that due to a lack of gathering the right information, children whose lives could be improved are needlessly put at further risk. Child neglect can be stopped in its tracks.

Helping Your Children Avoid the 'Summer Dip'

Michael Wilkinson | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Wilkinson

We all know that schoolchildren go through a "summer dip", where learning falls back over the long summer holiday. From 2015, state schools will even be allowed to set their own term times, which may see summer holidays shortened.

A Simple Solution to the UK's Obesity Problem - 'Tax the Fat'

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

As a therapist that specialises in weight loss, I've heard more excuses why people can't lose weight than a secondary school teacher asking for homework. Everything from I'm allergic to healthy food, to fruit and vegetables make me fat - and the finger seems to be always pointing at everyone else...

An Open Letter to My Mother

Thuy Yau | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thuy Yau

I wish you knew the pain you've put me through the last 26 years. The suicide attempts I once made on my life. The memories that haunt me. How I spent many years believing I was worthless. How I still hear your voice in my head sometimes telling me that I'm stupid.

Your Four-Year-Old's Drawings Show How Clever They'll Be

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In a far away drawer in most parents' houses lies a tea towel with a child's self-portrait on. There's no denying these primary school keepsakes a...

Put Home Economics Back on the Curriculum and See Health Improve

Geri Richards | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Geri Richards

Ok, I am going to get on my soapbox and talk about a subject that has been dear to my heart for a number of years. Let's get Home Economics back on the National Curriculum for all children from the age of 9 (at the very least - in my ideal world even younger).

The Rules of Separation

Jeff Brazier | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Do we really put our children first? Separation for parents can be amongst the toughest experiences in life; the hurt, anger, pain and insecurity can be unbearable, and in those moments of feeling utter rejection you are meant to act responsibly on behalf of the children so that they are put first?

'I've Always Wanted Big Ears': Boy Born Without Any Ears Has A Pair Created From His Own Ribs

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us take our ears for granted - they sit unnoticed under our hair and that's about it. But having ears was one little boy's biggest dream. T...

Louise Ridley

Teach Five-Year-Olds How To Object To Genital Mutilation, Says Top NSPCC Official

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

Children as young as five should be taught about female genital mutilation (FGM) in school to empower them to "protest" their parents' plans, the NSPC...

A Fox Just Casually Fell Through The Ceiling Of A Children's Hospital Ward

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK

The fox fell through the hospital's ceiling Eight children were evacuated from a north London hospital, after a fox crashed through the ceiling. ...

What Do You Think Of The New 'Creepy' Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Cover?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us who were Roald Dahl fans as kids loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Willy Wonka, its 'good conquers evil' core, Oompa-Loompas and,...

Rachel Moss

How Lego's New Female Scientist Toys Could Change The Future

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Despite making up 46% of the overall UK workforce, government figures show that women hold just 15.5% of jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineerin...

The Scarecrows' Puffing

Matt Zitron | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Zitron

With kids' books you have to find the age dependant sweet spot that's got story, but isn't too long, and isn't so annoying that reading it twice a day for months won't drive you to suicide. Luckily there's a fantastic range of publishers, and with picture books you're not dogged branded stuff (that hits later when they like Marvel, DC and Turtles.)

My Daughter's First Crush

Natasha Batsford | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

I felt for the poor little guy; he had come on the promise of an afternoon of Lego creation and jumping off furniture with his Ninja Turtle compadre, and found himself squarely in the crosshairs of my daughter's affection. It was painful to watch. No, it was heart breaking to watch.

What My Baby Niece Has Taught Me About Wonder

Poorna Bell | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Babies and I have never really hit it off. But while I have never been that person who will coo on cue at the babies of strangers, I have a new-found appreciation of babies via my niece Leela who is just about The Best Thing Ever. When I visited my sister in the hospitable three weeks ago, I burst into tears at the sight of this tiny little person who hadn't even existed a year ago.

World Breastfeeding Week: Celebrating the Very Ordinary

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

This week is World Breastfeeding Week and while I've been rifling through my brain cells about how to celebrate this on Huff Post, I've concluded that the message I'd like the world to hear about breastfeeding this week is that it's normal; pretty bog-standard really.

We Must Do All We Can to Speed Up the Adoption Process

Javed Khan | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

In my eyes adopting a child is one of the most amazing things someone can ever do. To give a child a loving and stable family life is a gift beyond compare. For England's 6,000 children hoping to be adopted, every day is a desperate wait. Another day spent longing for the love and support that, through no fault of their own, they are currently being denied. Everyone involved with these brave children wants to see them all get the family they deserve. To make sure each of their dreams come true we need a system that gives them the chance at a new life as quickly and effectively as possible.

This Couple Took A Photobooth Picture For Each Of The 14 Years They've Been Together

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When Giles Paley-Phillips and his now wife Michelle popped into a photobooth in October 2000 aged 18 and 23 they'd been dating for a month. They h...

An 'Unreasonable and Irresponsible' Plan - The House of Lords Slams Government Plans for Children's Super-Prisons

Paola Uccellari | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paola Uccellari

Last week the House of Lords considered the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill as it makes its way through parliament. There are a number of controversial aspects of this Bill - mandatory prison sentences for knife crimes have caught the public's attention. Plans to change the rules on judicial review have got Peers, lawyers and children's charities very worried.

10 Alternative Rainy Day Films for Children

Leigh Clark | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Leigh Clark

There has been a swift decrease in the quality of children's films over the years. It's something I have noticed both as a keen cinephile and as a concerned parent... With CGI claptrap, mindless sequels and remakes, the multiplex is packed with nonsense that calls itself children's cinema.

We Adore Gwen Stefani's Stunning Breastfeeding Picture

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Should mothers be able to breastfeed in public without criticism? It's a question that has divided many women - and men for that matter - but one ...

One Woman Is Inspiring Little Boys To Wear Pink With This Campaign

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The idea that 'pink is for girls' and 'blue is for boys' is beyond frustrating - it's sexist, limiting and, quite frankly, ridiculous. But thankful...

Babysitting an Addict

Deborah Weitzmann | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Tech
Deborah Weitzmann

Childhood should be an important phase to learn about oneself and the people around you, while expanding your mind and attention spans through playful exploration. Little imagination, creativity or skill goes into surfing the web, watching mindless YouTube videos, using social media and playing virtual games.

Putting a Stop to Bullying

Ian Noon | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK
Ian Noon

By taking a few simple steps, we can all minimise the risk of bullying and make sure that deaf children and young people have happy memories and experiences at school and leave as confident adults.

An Important Read For Parents of Disabled Children (And Everyone Else)

Simon Stevens | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

There is no self-pity as the handbook is instilled with a practical sense of humour many disabled people and parents have needed to develop to keep their sanity when facing situations many outsiders do not appreciate.