Kids

Everybody Feels Blue Sometimes

Natasha Batsford | Posted 17.09.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 04.09.2014 | 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 27.08.2014 | 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 24.08.2014 | 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 21.08.2014 | 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 18.08.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 04.08.2014 | 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 30.07.2014 | 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 30.07.2014 | 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 24.07.2014 | 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 23.07.2014 | 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 22.07.2014 | 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.

The Scourge of the Working Parent

Jason Bartholomew | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jason Bartholomew

Are you a working parent like me? Then you will know that I don't have time to write this piece. And you really don't have time to read this piece. Seriously, go away and do something on your endless mental or written list of things-to-do. Still here? Ok, let's peer in to what your daily life might look like...

Finding Bugs In The Garden Is Better Than Homework

Saskia Lee Stewart | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Saskia Lee Stewart

Do we want our young ones to grow up with strong and independent minds... or do we want them to be brainwashed by 'The Regime', ending up lacking control of who they are?

Video Game Culture and Play

Pete Low | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Tech
Pete Low

Despite the parameters we put in place at home, and despite the archaic primary school they go to with less technology than my grandparents' house, video games are a vibrant and significant part of our children's culture and mindset in every aspect of their lives.

'My Kids Suck': Angry Dad Puts Trampoline Up For Sale In Hilarious Craigslist Advert

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Comedy

Meanwhile, somewhere in the Boston area, one dad isn't happy. Yes, we think this listing he placed on Craigslist will strike a chord for many paren...

Get Active With Warburtons Half & Half-Term Games

Jonathan Brownlee | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Sport
Jonathan Brownlee

The school holidays were always an exciting time in the Brownlee household. This was the opportunity for my brother Alistair and I to escape from the classroom and enjoy the great outdoors.

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...

Guide to Keeping Kids and Yummy Mummies Entertained This Half-term‏

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Tetteh

As a child I was told I could never have pets... My dad, from Ghana, said he'd eat them. Fair play. Still don't know if he was joking or not. So now I'm faced with the dilemma of whether or not to join the 13million households in the UK with a pet, after my tot has fallen in love with his Grandmother's cat.

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.

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

Publish and Be Damned: Do We Have a Right to Talk About Our Children Online?

Christina Franks | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Tech
Christina Franks

Some days, I think, I blog therefore I am. It is my reason for getting up in the middle of the night. It is my link to the outside world. It is a way to connect with strangers, to exorcise my demons, to mull over my thoughts and stash them away for posterity...