One thing I've learnt from my parents' divorce is that no one is perfect. We all have our flaws, grave mistakes and our positives. One of my favourite quotes is 'We accept the love we think we deserve'. When you have been raised on criticism, abuse and threats, it's only a matter of time before you start to think it's true.
Picture the scene: It's Christmas Eve and your self-driving car pulls into the driveway. You step out, greeted by the soft glow of your connected house lights and take a step to your front door - unlocked with the swipe of your smartwatch.
Getting out into the great outdoors with your children is a fantastic way to spark their imagination. You can keep them preoccupied for hours watching wildlife and exploring woodland. In my opinion, being in nature is the key to happiness.
Foster care really is a family commitment, and would not be possible without the selflessness, determination and courage of so many children and young people. They give so much, and often learn from a tender age how hard life can be.
The day finally arrived a week ago Sunday, my son armed with his suitcases and mini-fridge made the journey on to the next stage of his life. I was wondering if the mini-fridge (his request) was a little over the top, but it seems now, he would have been the odd one out without one.
My name is Maisy and I am 19-years-old. For the last year I have been a part time Young Adviser for Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Famili...
It is important to remember that your new partner is not replacing your ex-partner. They are a great support to you in looking after the children, but don't take them for granted. This is why it's so important to include them in any plans involving the children.
Your faith will be shaken. Whether it is faith in a higher power, in nature, in science, in people, or simply in good, it will be shaken because there is no rhyme or reason as to why this is happening. Eventually you will find faith in the little things again.
As parents we're hardwired to protect our children. It's as if we want to keep them on the end of a tight piece of string to make sure they stay safe and are equipped for every eventuality. But a wise friend once said to me, 'Don't use string, use elastic.'
There was a distinct lack of photos from the everyday. I then realised that I had been doing it all wrong. I had been keeping and taking photos based on some misguided hierarchy. A hierarchy that meant I only took pictures of what I felt were important events
We all know the hand hygiene of our little people can be very poor. When pre-schoolers start Nursery there seems to be an influx of them picking up every bug going. Most parents I know are making sure their children are up to date with their pre-school booster and MMR, but what about getting the nasal flu this Winter?
The array of negative stereotypes about single mums* are pretty diverse: we can't control our children; they lack attention, and don't learn positive family values**. Hell, some claim our little ones are more likely to turn to drugs.
When I tell nosey people who ask when I'm "having another one" that I can't have any more babies, they unanimously do this incredibly fucking rude thing where they ask "WHY?" whilst salivating over the possibility of a story about some peculiar uterine wasting disease which has rendered me infertile.
I am lucky enough to have grown up in a country where I take free medical care as a given. I'm ashamed to say that I take it for granted really. Sometimes I even act as though it is my right. So today is a day to say thank you for all you have done for me.
When I was first diagnosed, I became extremely withdrawn. I hated being touched, hugged, or shown love because I felt I was unlovable, unworthy, unclean, and frightened. This was even with my own family. My mum continued to support and hug me even when I would push her away. A simple hug makes all the difference, this allowed me to grow to trust and love again.
I don't believe there ever was a 'golden age' of the family, but I do believe that bringing up children was easier when families lived near each other and they could rely on the wisdom and support of the extended family.