Kids

My Top 15 Parenting Rule Book Required

Tamara Spurway | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Parents
Tamara Spurway

As an older mum of a two year old, I sometimes struggle on some bits of parenting. All my friends have older kids and most of the time can't remember or have blocked out when key milestones happened.

Gifts And Parties - Do Kids Get Too Much?

Tamara Spurway | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Parents
Tamara Spurway

Now that he is two we have been invited to his playmates' parties and they have been fun. If I start organising parties for him now, as an Event Organiser I have to go all out. It won't be cheap, it will be over the top and I'm not sure I will know when to stop. Then next year I will have to top that and so it goes on.

Seven Reasons Why Toddlers Ruin Christmas

Angela Corpe | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Corpe

There's one month to go, and I cannot tell you how often I've heard "Christmas is all about the kids". I'm sorry, but it isn't. My toddlers will ruin Christmas. Maybe once they're older we'll get a bit closer to the magical day promised by all the TV ads, as joyful, clean and well-behaved children unwrap their presents

This Is What Happens 60 Seconds After Your Kid Drinks Some 'Healthy' Orange Juice

Laura Clark | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Clark

I'm sure with my two I've tried every single drink on the market - each one promising to be a nutritious treat - making me feel like someone would call child line if I didn't get give them at least one juice a day.

Top Christmas Gifts For Kids 2016

Faye Jacobs | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents
Faye Jacobs

Christmas ads are in full swing on TV, the Quality Streets are on offer in Sainsbury's and the kids are already counting down the sleeps until the big day. Like it or not, iiiiitttt'ssss CHRIIIIISTMAS!!!!!

Making Time To Listen To Bereaved Children

Benjamin Brooks-Dutton | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Benjamin Brooks-Dutton

You see, children, like adults, continue to have a relationship with the deceased. What's often not the same for young kids, though, is that they will have to fill in gaps that their memories don't offer up freely. They have to make believe.

When 'Exhausted New Mum' Is A Halloween Costume, How Are We Getting Postnatal Support So Wrong?

Emily Street | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

A photo that spread like wildfire online shows a young girl, dressed in a baggy sweat shirt and jogging bottoms, dark circles under her eyes, baby sick on her shoulder and looking thoroughly glum.

Two Hospitals, Two Kids And One Emotional Week

Thomas Lynch | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

My emotions have been all over the place in the last week. It all started with a bug, our eight year old son complained of a sore tummy. This turned into sickness and diarrhoea that felt endless! My wife at this time was nine months pregnant and our focus was on getting our son better before his new little brother came along.

Don't Tell Me Boys Can't Read As Well!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Parents
Kerry Gibb

Last week my son called me over to the computer to show me a headline that had flashed up, implying that boys were failing at reading. He looked at me incredulously and said "this is such a load of rubbish. I love reading!"

The 19 Point Guide To Domestic Bliss

John L. Adams | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

A missing school shoe at eight o'clock in the morning can snowball into a major crisis when we end up leaving the house late. This type of thing happened once too often and I learned the importance of preparing the morning before.

Why Children Love To Play

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents

Play is lots of fun for your toddler, but it’s also essential for your child’s emotional, social and physical development. You’re still the best...

Good Housekeeping Reveals Safest Children's Halloween Outfits

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Parents

The safety of children’s Halloween costumes is a key concern for parents, chiefly around flammability. Recently, Mark Gardiner, a product safety ex...

Let's Get This Party Started. Halloween Tips And Tricks

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents

Halloween is one of your kids’ most eagerly anticipated calendar events, a very close runner-up to Christmas and birthdays. Huge hauls of treats, sp...

Why A Cardboard Box Is All Your Child Needs

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Parents

The most alluring potential toy for your tot? Nope, not your iPad mini/ the TV remote/your smartphone. It’s an empty cardboard box. With infinite po...

Crafty Gifts You Can Make With Your Child

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Parents

Trying to find the perfect present for a family member or friend can be expensive, time-consuming and, if we’re being honest, soul-destroying. How m...

Sand, Screen And Surf: Why Summer Is The Ideal Time To Teach Your Kids About Internet Safety

Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Parents
Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters

As parents it's difficult to know how much screen time is too much, but if you're constantly asking yourself 'how do I persuade my teenager to turn off Snapchat and have a conversation?', then it's probably time to moderate their usage.

The Ultimate Moments of Joy Playlist To Soundtrack Your Kids' Summer

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Parents

Our favourite songs trigger happy memories. Dancing at weddings with electric in the air, singing along with our parents in the car as kids and unforg...

How To Plan A Super-Fun Birthday Party For Twins

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Parents

From their first birthday when your icing-covered little ones giggle at each other over their cakes, twins’ parties are joy-filled events. Just with...

Easy Ways To Jazz Up Your Kid's Bike For More Family Fun

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Parents

Hitting the road on a family bike ride is fun. Fresh air? Check. Nature? Check. Heaps of exercise? Double check. Take along a picnic and drinks, and ...

8 Steps To A Brilliant Double Playdate

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents

When your child is a toddler and still learning to speak, ‘mine’ and ‘me’ are two of the first phrases they’ll ever learn. And they’ll lik...

How Nursery Rhymes Took Over My Life

Oli Reed | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

One day, hopefully many decades from now, I can picture myself rocking manically in an old folks' home (or mental asylum), still haunted by the sinking realisation that the the Wheels On The Bus may never stop going round and round. Or that the Grand Old Duke of York will never stop marching his troops to the top of the hill. Or that I will be Row, Row, Rowing My Boat gently down the stream until i'm clinically insane.

Measles: Everything You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Parents

Measles is not something that concerns lots of UK parents as most children (92%) are given the MMR jab as part of routine childhood vaccinations. Howe...

Finding Dory - A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Anything centred around cute baby fish and lost parents is going to melt even the coldest of hearts on this exceptionally rainy August. Finding Dory truly is a recipe for waterworks, with the opening scene being pure Pixar magic.

Here’s How You And Your Child Can Make A DIY Water Slide

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents

After some fabulous summer fun? Nothing beats a water slide. A total magnet for children, they bring hours of joy from all the slipping, sliding, laug...

How To Make A Kid-Friendly Chocolate Owl Cake

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Parents

This chocolate cake looks tricky to make but is simply a sponge cake, creatively cut and decorated with chocolate buttons. If you’re nervous about c...