UK Children

Reaction to Kirstie Allsopp's 'Ditch University and Have a Baby By 27'

Rose Taylor | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Taylor

I am a firm believer in doing whatever is right for you in life with regards to career decisions and when to start a family, there should be no rules or guidelines, and no one should be frowned upon for their choices in life. As a result, it is no wonder that I disagree with Kirstie Allsopp's 'advice' to young girls about having a baby by 27 and ditching university.

Maya Angelou, The Importance of Literature and Voices That Empower

Michelle Holmes | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Holmes

American novels and books written by non-British authors, that document tales of fiction and non fiction are as valid are as the likes of Shakespeare, although it can be argued fiction often doesn't quite embody the same level of encouragement.

Your Kid Is Fat? That's Your Fault

Xavier Toby | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

Aussie kids are apparently some of the fattest in the world. The 'Active Healthy Kids Australia' report card recently graded Auusie kids a 'D-'. Barely above a fail, and certainly nowhere near fridge-worthy...

Time to Put the Spotlight on South Sudan

David Bull | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK
David Bull

South Sudan's children are suffering - and the crisis is set to get worse - much worse - in the coming months if more action is not taken urgently. The world's newest nation is on the brink of devastation with a brutal conflict destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and a growing humanitarian emergency putting the entire future of the country and its children in jeopardy. The United Nations Secretary General has predicted that by the end of this year, an incredible half of South Sudan's 12million people will be either in flight, facing starvation, or dead. At least half of these will be children.

Countless Children Losing Their Childhoods to Sexual Violence in Conflict

Anita Tiessen | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Anita Tiessen

UNICEF works tirelessly to protect children from sexual violence in every conflict zone around the world. From working with governments to reform laws, to supporting communities to challenge beliefs on gender roles - UNICEF teams work around the clock to protect children and support those who have experienced sexual violence.

Competition: Why Kids Need to Learn How to Win and Lose

Jude Hurrell | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Hurrell

The little one was too young to notice but my three year-old picked up on my grump that night. 'Why are you so sad?' he asked when I couldn't muster the funny voices I usually bring to his bedtime story. 'I entered a competition and didn't win,'

The Day I Went to See Arsenal Train

Jeff Brazier | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

If you are anything like me you would have grown up idolising your footballing hero's, my first was Kerry Dixon, then Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker. To have met any of those at a young age would have felt no less like meeting a God... The simple pleasure received from meeting someone you really look up to is something you don't actually ever forget.The Sports Connection Foundation asked me if I would accompany a young lad, Tomas Mayer, who has (DMD) Duchene Muscular Dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his short life. Having DMD means all his body and organs are basically shutting down.

Why Fostering Can't Become Adoption's Poor Relation

Javed Khan | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

I am awed by the inspirational carers who give a home to children who have often suffered so much and find the courage and empathy to give joy to young lives. The capacity to love, sheer generosity and genuine interest in caring for children that I have seen has given me hope that there are more people out there who care about those children who have no one.

Things to Do in Cornwall With Children

Siobhan Starrs | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Siobhan Starrs

If you lost hours as a child in a world of endless summers, picnics, adventures and lashings of ginger beer, you were probably like me, a fan of Enid Blyton. Today I dream of similar innocent adventures for my own child.

Money, Peace and Children - Inseparable to Stop a Catastrophe in South Sudan

Unni Krishnan | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Who said children don't vote? Well, they don't cast their votes by standing in long lines and on ballet papers, but they cast their votes from under-funded relief camps and feeding centres and ill equipped schools and hospitals. Every hungry child is a vote of non-confidence on humanity. I hope the donors don't ignore them.

Homelessness Can Happen to Anyone's Child

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

If you have children, you may have heard them say they were going to run away from home. Maybe it's a threat you made yourself when you were younger. What if it actually happened though? It may sound like a nightmare but for many families the threat of a child running away becomes reality.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Create a Step Family

Suzi Godson | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

The Office of National Statistics has revealed that the number of stepfamilies in the UK dropped from 631,000 in 2001 to 544,000 in 2011, a slump of 14% in just a decade. The drop has been interpreted as a reflection of the difficulties of assimilating children from different families into a new relationship, so if you are planning on doing a Brady Bunch, here's ten things you need to know...

Everyone Can Cook!

Jamie Oliver's Food Tube | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

This week we welcomed 'A Girl Called Jack' (Monroe) to the Food Tube family. Jack made her name as a cash-strapped single mum living in Southend. With her immense resourcefulness, she tightened her apron strings and threw flour in the face of adversity. Check out her Food Tube debut

Never Did Me Any Harm... Really?

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

But one thing we have never done and I am confident we will never do is smack. It's always 'smacking' and never 'hitting'. 'Hitting' sounds worse so people avoid saying it. They would never hit a child. What do you think they are?! An animal?! No they don't hit them, they just smack them.

What Has Brazil Learned From South Africa as the FIFA World Cup Approaches?

Beth McLoughlin | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Sport
Beth McLoughlin

I am here in Brazil investigating the effects on children, and so far I have seen children suffer from health problems and miss out on school due to evictions and event-related works, while FIFA is set to make $4bn from the tournament. Many have been rehoused, but they are now hours away from their schools and from hospitals and other essential services...

Talking About Disability With Parents

Simon Stevens | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I have realised that it is very important that parents are supported to have the time to properly grieve for the 'perfect' child they were hoping for, because finding out your child has impairments is unexpected news however accepted and included disabled people may become.

Breastfeeding: Love, Not Judgement

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

To say that breastmilk is more nutritionally and immunologically comprehensive than infant formula milk isn't being rude, or trying to make anyone feel bad, or just being mean. It's true.

Children - Not Galley Slaves

Hilary Wilce | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Politics
Hilary Wilce

How I hate the phrase "driving up standards". Every time I hear it, I see primary-age schoolchildren, bent low and sweating over heavy oars, struggling to propel the great ship of education towards some distant, hazy destination that their elders and betters have deemed they must aim for.

Happiness an Education

Robert Bradley | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Robert Bradley

The most interesting people I met were the children. Most were too busy having fun to notice or realise that they were in a place of learning, while others paid close attention but still enjoyed what was being taught. Perhaps it was due to the efforts of the Outstanding Ofsted rated school that realised this.

Exposing Your Baby To Germs Could Help Prevent Asthma

PA | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As a new parent, your instinct can be to wrap your baby up in cotton wool and shield them from the world. But new research suggests that bugs invad...

Do You Know How Important Vitamin D Is For Your Kid?

PA | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

With children prone to fussy eating, getting goodness into your kids can be a tough job for parents. Encouraging your children to eat fruit and ve...

Celebrating Families - International Families Day, May 15 2014

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

What has changed most for you in the last 20 years? Chances are, it's to do with family: maybe you have started one, or you are caring for one. Maybe you have gained new family members or you have suffered a loss? It's possible you are in a blended family situation, a single parent one, or your family has a dual income.

Clowning Around - the Humanitarian Way

Angela Singh | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Angela Singh

"I'm not ashamed to call it humanitarian clowning. It involves knowing how to make children laugh, even those who have been through a very traumatic experience. It's about making mistakes. It's about exciting spectacles," says Samantha.

Moving Forwards on Domestic Violence: A New Focus on Children

Gerri McAndrew | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gerri McAndrew

The 'safety net' that has been a feature of our welfare system since the 1940s is being quietly dismantled with virtually no public debate because many of those that need this safety net most - like women affected by domestic violence - are almost entirely absent from any discussion in the media

With Such High Child Death Rates We Need to Stop Closing Sure Start Centres

Bob Morgan | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

About 6,000 UK children and young people die every year. Around two-thirds of these are aged under-five, and the majority are under the age of one. The UK has one of the worst records in Europe for deaths in this age group. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health recently launched a report about these deaths rates and concluded that the risk of such deaths was highest amongst the poorest families in the Country.Research indicates that the differences in life outcomes for children born into the poorest families are far worse than those born into the wealthiest families in the UK.