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Families Must Adapt To Thrive

Matt Harper | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Parents
Matt Harper

thriving families.jpg The dynamics of families can change, the dynamics will switch and I'm very lucky that within the Harper clan this has always been how we've worked. A family can only work if it adjusts itself to suit each person in it.

8 Things That Children Never Forget As Adults

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Parents

When we think back to our own childhoods, our clearest and most cherished memories are often those spent doing quite ordinary things with the people w...

Dads Rock in Prison

Thomas Lynch | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

Time and time again research shows us that children need their fathers, their grandfathers. Where there is love there is hope and the ability to continue to have strong, positive relationships no matter what barriers are in place. I see the love and hope every week, it flows through the barred windows and the cast iron doors. There is humour, there is tension, there is opportunity for the dads to be more and be better.

Italy's Threat to Vegan Parents Is an Attack on Human Rights

Elena Orde | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Elena Orde

Vegans are used to having their beliefs challenged, to having to work harder to get other people and institutions to accept their child's needs. As it is this needs to change, but threatening parents who are trying to give their children the best start in life with imprisonment is unacceptable.

Why 5.30am Is the New 9am for Home Working Parents

Claire Shiels | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Shiels

thriving families.jpg Having spoken to other home working parents, many of you reap the benefits of this early start, not just during school holidays but every working day. 5.30 am seems to be the most popular time for opening up the laptop and I suspect it has become the new 9 am for our breed of workers.

Escaping to an Island

Fiona Chandler | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Parents
Fiona Chandler

thriving families.jpg A seemingly spur of the moment decision, we decided to escape and have an adventure with our four little ones. I knew only too well that life was too short to put it off. This decision changed the way we lived immediately. For all of us.

Saying Goodbye to Our Family Social Worker

Martin Barrow | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We have said goodbye to our family social worker, who has retired after a long and distinguished career with the county council. She has been with us since we became foster carers some years ago, and has been at our side through thick and thin.

'Business As Usual' Is Not Good Enough for Carers

Beth Britton | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

That last point, which for many gets to the heart of why the ambitions for the Care Act aren't being realized, is certainly a fair reflection of the current climate. However, for me, finding solutions is as much about creativity as it is requests for more money. Carers do amazing work in their unpaid role, and as a society we need to show the same resolve in finding ways to support them.

Aunt's Heartbreaking Tribute To Niece Killed By Brain Cancer

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A heartbroken aunt has said goodbye to her seven-year-old niece in the most touching yet heart-wrenching tribute. The woman, known only as Taisce on I...

Hacienda Petac ~ Where Petals Promise Peace and Paradise

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

We did not know it at the time, but as we drove through the open gates of Hacienda Petac, we were entering an embrace with Paradise.

How YOU Can Support Foster Carers and Children in Need

Martin Barrow | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

If you feel drawn to reading this blog, hopefully it is because you are thinking of becoming a foster carer. But even if there are reasons why that is not possible for you there are many ways you can support foster carers and help children in need. Here are just a few...

Dad: Picking Up Where We Left Off?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Working out how we all relate to each other as a family is just one more difficulty in the mountain of change that occurs when someone dies. I know that we will get there and I'm really glad we're close enough to work through these things together.

Building Babies' Brains Through a Better Start

Clair Rees | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Parents
Clair Rees

Infant mental health (IMH) refers to how well a child develops socially and emotionally. Because babies' worlds are mostly made up of their parents or carers, their mental health is heavily influenced by the care they receive and quality of the baby-carer relationship.

What Do Health Visitors Contribute to Infant Mental Health?

Clair Rees | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Parents
Clair Rees

We all need someone we can trust in our lives, and it's crucial for a baby's future mental health that they build early trusting relationships with their principle caregivers, who will be the safe haven as they grow up, when needing to make sense of any negative experience faced.

Foster Care Is All About Gruffalo Time

Martin Barrow | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

As foster carers we are used to receiving children who are strangers to the world in which we live. They are perplexed by many of things we take for granted. A well-stocked larder. Vegetables. Clean sheets. A tidy garden. Flowers in a vase. Please and thank you.

11 Homemade Father's Day Gifts You Can Make With Your Kids

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Parents

Nothing says Happy Father's Day more than a homemade gift from kids, no matter what the creation ends up looking like. Help your kids rustle up a pers...

Be the Stranger Who Makes All Things Possible

Martin Barrow | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We spent the middle Sunday of Foster Care Fortnight in the best way possible, in the company of foster children present and past. And no better meeting place for two rumbustious extended families than Groombridge Place, deep in the Kent countryside.

How to Plan for the Best Summer Holiday Ever My #sweetsummerchallenge

Lisa Barry | Posted 20.05.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Barry

The thought of the approaching 6 week summer break may bring you feelings of dread or excitement but either way you can't stop them coming, equally th...

Primary School Lengthens School Day To Enable 'Term-Time' Holidays

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Parents

A primary school has chosen to extend its school day to enable parents to save money by taking their kids on term-time holidays. Chiddingstone Primar...

The Five Things You Need to Be a Foster Carer

Martin Barrow | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

The Fostering Network estimates that 11,000 new fostering families are currently needed to ensure that children are able to benefit from the most appropriate placement for their increasingly complex needs. Foster Care Fortnight 2016 may inspire you to open your home to a child or young person in need of a loving family.

Cancer Destroyed My Health and My Bank Balance

Devry Souayed | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Devry Souayed

New research from Macmillan Cancer Support shows that the average British family cannot afford cancer. That was certainly true in my case. I had to make some impossible decisions simply just to keep a roof over our heads.

11 Money Saving Tips If You're Going Through Cancer

Emma Cross | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Cross

As a Macmillan Cancer Support Finance Expert, I often speak to families struggling to make ends meet when they're hit with a cancer diagnosis. I've written a list of money saving tips to help you cut costs if you're affected by the disease...

School Launching Peer-To-Peer Support For Parents

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents

Parents of teenagers will work with other families to pass on advice about how to look after their children's mental health, for a new project being l...

We All Grieve for Baby Keegan

Martin Barrow | Posted 06.05.2017 | UK
Martin Barrow

I was going to write an uplifting blog in celebration of Foster Care Fortnight, which takes place this month. But it is so difficult to be cheerful and optimistic about safeguarding children when the news is dominated by the murder of an infant at the hands of the woman entrusted with her care...

A New Baby - An Emotional Time

Thomas Lynch | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

Both me and my wife talked and talked about whether we would try again for another baby or accept that one beautiful boy was good enough for us. It was one of those conversations that went on forever and had different outcomes every time.