Kids

Four Ways to Accidentally Rock at Children's Parties

Natasha Batsford | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

I don't often get called effortless: In fact in a stand up contest with a one legged emu I reckon I would still come off looking more awkward. It's a natural gift of mine, my hair is never tidy, my clothes are always creased and I never, ever look like I have my shit together. This is especially true of birthday parties...

Never Work With Children or Animals Unless It's at London Zoo

Yolanda Copes-Stepney | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yolanda Copes-Stepney

It was late and Lucifer would not stop his roaring - a little obnoxious - but he is the king of the zoo and clearly needs to remind everybody. He's noisy once he gets going and it was going to be hard enough getting some sleep among the giant orb spiders, cave crickets, and leaf cutting ants.

Overprotective Parents Are Becoming More Common in Today's World, Is It Right?

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

I have grown up with both my parents and still live with them today, I have always been allowed to go out with friends and even trips up London without my parents for almost 5 years, but why is it that so many parents are so protective over their children. Is it because they're worried that their child may get kidnapped? Murdered?

Parenting Is Disgusting

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Before Carolyn had really had time to open her eyes Iris vomited all over her. It was pretty good timing. And it was as I was laying in bed mopping vomit off my wife's chest that I thought to myself... this parenting stuff can be really quite rank.

The Mum-Hub: An Exclusive Parental Social Club

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Ragoonanan

I have never seen any dads in the hub. Not even partners. The hub is usually a child-free zone too, a place of mothers in conversation while their children fend for themselves. This day there were lots of crying and distressed pre-school children who needed the attention of scattered lone parents, before their actual parent in the hub noticed.

Video Games Could Be the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Education

Pete Low | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Low

Given the choice to play video games or go to school on any given day, my children would choose video games. So as both a father and a video game designer I wonder: could schools tap into the things that make learning so addictive in the games that my kids are playing?

Your Children Are Fat! Teachers Tell Parents It's Their Job to Keep Their Kids Slim

Olga Levancuka | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

For us whom live in London, a hard fitness regime is paramount as such as in New York, do forget about the rest of England, where average folk look... healthy. Like they actually have had something to eat.

Babysitting 1990s Style: Some Things Haven't Changed at All

Andrea Mara | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

Babysitting. Something about which I have vivid memories; a teenage part-time-job. And now it's come full circle, as what seems like five minutes later, I'm all grown-up and paying a teenager to mind my kids.

The Angels of Parenting

Jeff Brazier | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

As I recalled my earliest memories I was keen to impress on the group that I don't look back and see my time in foster care as a negative, my expression wasn't from feeling sorry for myself, I completely understand that in the absence of my biological father, my very young mother, too young to even consider a woman would want to get herself together after having me at the age of 15 and, in some respects I think it was very brave decision to take. I didn't say this in front of the room of kids but I'd prefer to be fostered than to have been aborted and to not have had the privilege of life in the first place!

Are Women Less Competitive Than Men, and What Should We Teach Our Children?

Andrea Mara | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

I see gender differences in attitudes to competitiveness in my own family. My kids running down the stairs, shouting "last one down is a rotten egg" and the would-be rotten egg usually cries. So I discourage the competing, in a bid to avoid the tears. My husband on the other hand actively encourages competition - though usually as a means to an end.

Everybody Feels Blue Sometimes

Natasha Batsford | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

There are some days when I look out of the window and wonder how the day can be so sunny, so beautiful, and I can feel so utterly miserable.

The Dreadful Truth of Flying With Children

Natasha Batsford | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

There are some things in life that are universally regarded as a stupid idea; hula dancing in front of a lion, playing Russian roulette with a semi automatic weapon, and taking three children under 5 on a two week trip to the other side of the world.

Five Things I Got Completely Wrong About Starting School

Andrea Mara | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

When my first child started school two years ago, everyone said it would be a big change. I didn't exactly disbelieve them, but really, I thought, how big could it possibly be? Unsurprisingly, I got it completely wrong.

Camp Bestival: Culinary Round Up

Lucy Self | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Self

Before I begin the account of my first festival experience, it might be a good time to explain why my 28-year-old, party-adoring, find-any-excuse-to-drink-before-midday self has taken so long to get pitched. You see, I thought they were all about the music.

So, Is It Easier to Be at Work or at Home With the Kids?

Andrea Mara | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

I remember a work colleague of mine from some years ago, who regularly told me that work was easier than looking after his kids. "The office is a break for me," he used to say, "I'm heading home now to the real job". I didn't have children at the time and I assumed he was exaggerating. In fact, as the work we were doing at the time was very challenging, I thought it was a form of self-praise - a humble-brag of sorts.

Helping Your Children Avoid the 'Summer Dip'

Michael Wilkinson | Posted 21.10.2014 | 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.

The Cleverest Kids in the World

Amanda Prowse | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

Urgh - so it was exam results day yesterday and no doubt some proud parents were sighing with relief as their offspring brandished the piece of paper showing a clutch of A*, but not me.

High Energy Learning: Six Educational Days Out For Boisterous Kids

HomeAway.co.uk | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
HomeAway.co.uk

If you have particularly excitable or boisterous kids with short attention spans, there are plenty of educational attractions that will keep even the most hyperactive child amused this summer. Here are some fun, child friendly days out in the UK where there's plenty to learn about: but there's also plenty to see, play with and do.

Five Things I Haven't Learnt at All About Holidaying With Kids

Andrea Mara | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

Every year, bright-eyed and innocent, I look forward to going on holidays with my kids. And every year, I am taken by surprise to find that the holiday isn't quite the restful experience I expected. Here's what I have, in theory, learned this year - but will forget all over again by next year.

How to Survive the Summer Holidays: 10 Simple Steps

Jeff Brazier | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Now how on earth am I going to juggle my work, the mountain of life coaching coursework AND entertain the children for the next six weeks?! As I pondered the enormity of the situation it struck me that I knew exactly how to cope.

Help! Loom Bands Have Taken Over the World

Carina Maggar | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carina Maggar

Tiny neon-coloured rubber bands; 'looms' are a little girls' ultimate delight. Worn as bracelets, key rings, charms or necklaces they're available in a range of eye-watering neon colours and are like, totally accessible with your outfit of the day.

This Little Girl Doesn't Want Her Baby Brother To Grow Up

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Comedy

And who can blame her? He is, as she says, very cute indeed. Bless you, five-year-old Sadie from Phoenix, Arizona. You're our favourite YouTube big...

Butlins to Berlin: A Glimpse at the Future of Affordable Family Entertainment and Travel‏

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tetteh

Butlins in Bognor Regis I have to say kept us on our toes and our little man was skipping his naps to get in as much as possible of the entertainment. With family budgets not being what they were, less people are going abroad and are now enjoying a holiday in the UK.

Baking With Small Children

Natasha Batsford | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

It's a testament to my optimistic nature, the triumph of imagination over reality, but somehow I forget that baking with a two year old is a really stupid idea.

Finding Love in a Wheelie-Bin Full of Sick

Jeff Brazier | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Coming in to a pre-packaged family is nothing short of a tightrope act but for those that do stick around long enough and apply themselves generously to the 'added extras', the benefits are there waiting, you just have to see them.