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Happy Holidads

Tom Price | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Price

It's that time of the year where we like to get away from it all and go on a summer holiday. The trouble is, it's frowned upon if your children don't go with you. So, technically, it's that time of the year where we like to get away from (some of) it all.

Freelance Life (AKA Doing Everything)

Lisa Francesca Nand | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Francesca Nand

Working for yourself from home, in charge of your time, no daily commute, answering to no-one, jetting off abroad as often as possible... sounds good doesn't it? But what we don't advertise about freelance life is the amount of work that goes into, well, generating work in the first place.

Strongly Worded Letters For People Traveling With Young Children In Airports This Summer

Lucianne Lewis | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents
Lucianne Lewis

Airports bring out the worst in people and in a few weeks Britain's airports will be overrun with fraught parents just like us. I am keen not to have a repeat of last summer's jaunt through Gatwick where I handed out painfully British sorrys like confetti which left me seething over what I should have said.

6 Ways To Attract Nature Into Your Outdoor Space (No Matter How Small)

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents

You don’t need acres of wildflower meadows to attract wildlife. A small backyard, miniature garden or even balcony can become a magnet for birds and...

Why We Take Our Kids To Celebrate Pride

Cassie Pearse | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents
Cassie Pearse

Last weekend we took our kids to celebrate Pride, as we do every year. When we told them what we were doing, our son, who is just five, responded with, "why do we always have to do adult things, why can't we do kid things sometimes?''

How Could Motherhood Possibly Be This Hard?

Nicole Roder | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Parents
Nicole Roder

I want to warn you, before you read any further, that this will not be your typical mum blog post. I won't be telling you some sarcastic, relatable story about a time that my kids did something aggravating, then toss in some "funny" so that you can walk away with the feeling that this is all normal, lighthearted stuff.

Why I'm Teaching My Kids To Become More Confident

Sam Allcock | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Parents
Sam Allcock

I'm sure I speak for many parents when I say the ultimate dream is to see my kids succeed in life. Whether it's encouraging them to pursue the career of their dreams or simply ensuring they're happy, my goal is to raise confident kids that are motivated to reach their own goals.

Why I'm Grateful For My Kids' Relationship With Our Neighbours

Sam Allcock | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Parents
Sam Allcock

When it comes to trusting people with my kids, I'm the first to admit that I struggle. Aside from the kids running riot and not wanting to burden someone with having to entertain them, I simply don't trust many people to take good enough care of them.

Parents Share Heartbreaking Story Of How Bullying Drove Son To Suicide

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Parents

A couple have opened up about their son who was driven to suicide due to bullies, in the hope to raise awareness of the impact of bullying. Mark and A...

Mum Guilt: How I Never Saw It Coming And Steps To Combat It

Katty Patterson | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Parents
Katty Patterson

I'd never considered it before.  Never read an article or been part of a discussion that addressed it.  I knew I was going to be tired, emotional, busy.  I was told a hundred times how I'd be tied to my sofa, wouldn't read a book for the next five years and how this was the easy part.  Never a helpful sentiment.

What Travelling Has Taught My Kids About Life

Sam Allcock | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Parents
Sam Allcock

I've always noticed that after returning from a holiday, my kids are always more grateful and enriched by what they've experienced. They love nothing more than running back into school to tell their friends about the hair braids they got - even if it did cost me a fortune and a few hours to get them done.

When Does A Baby Become A Toddler?

Oli Reed | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

I've looked up a few definitions of what a toddler is on Google today. Some people suggest it's when they turn one, another website suggested between 2-3 years old, a very common opinion is when they start walking unaided, and my favourite suggestion so far is that your kid only becomes a fully fledged toddler once they start stealing your car keys.

Parenting: What My Friends Without Kids Have Taught Me

Celine Bell | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

They've been your friends forever. Don't write them off because they are the link to your past, to dancing on tables, to uni finals, to first loves and inappropriate crushes. Sure, you'll dance on tables with your new mum mates (at some point).

Family First For Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Paul Lindley | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents
Paul Lindley

We believe that if children learn from a young age that good food is for everyone and that mealtimes are positive experiences that create social occasions during which we can share stories, connect with each other, and have fun, they'll go on to develop a healthy love of food that will last a lifetime.

Summer Camps - Keeping Your Kids Happy During The Summer Break

Carolyn Savage | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents
Carolyn Savage

I love this time of year. The summer beckons, filled with possibilities. No more early morning school runs. No more packed lunches. No more homework hassle. Just six uninterrupted weeks of family time. What could possibly go wrong?

Asking The Wrong Questions About Kids' Digital Reading

Tom Grayson | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Grayson

British kids are the worst teenage readers in the developed world. We undertook research in March this year to focus on what is happening with three to seven years old and we found that nearly six per cent of them had never read a book, ever. That is almost 250,000 children in the UK not reading at all and we believe this is going to get worse.

I'm Sorry, But I No Longer Feel Defiant

Lyndsey Stoner | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Parents
Lyndsey Stoner

Don't get me wrong, I am under no illusion that I can shield my babies from these monsters forever, their attacks are so random who knows what is around the corner. But at this very moment all I can think is that I must try, as best as I can, to avoid putting them in harm's way. And yes, for us, that does mean avoiding crowded places for a while.

What Makes Us Swim Happy

John Hibbs | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

But above all of this, the swim happy for us all comes from being active and staying fit. Swim happy means getting out of the house and away from screen time to face challenges like jumping into a pool for the first time or treading water away from the reassurance of the pool side - it means being brave and being strong both physically and spiritually.

Why Do We Need To Teach All Children About Self-Confidence On National Children's Day?

NaaDei Neequaye-Oyelade | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
NaaDei Neequaye-Oyelade

Confidence in children is evidenced in various ways, so it's important to try to build it so that it follows them straight into adulthood. There are so many things we can do as parents to increase confidence, but one very important way to do this is with the power of reading.

Bank Holiday Hell

Rebekah Smith | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Rebekah Smith

Of course you have friends who can help in these situations - but what part of 'surviving' and 'doing it alone' is that? Even with all the friends, family and colleagues in the world, bedtime equals social lock-down and a bit more time to think about everything.

General Election 2017 - Save Motherhood, Save Childhood, Save Childcare!

Angela Spencer | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Angela Spencer

Today I have a heartfelt plea for you all - Save Motherhood, Save Childhood, Save Childcare - the most important manifesto points for the long-term future of our country... We are forcing women to choose between being a caregiver OR a breadwinner - Motherhood is a right, it is not an inconvenience...

12 Quick Hairstyles For All Dads To Do For Their Child

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Parents

Getting yourself out of the house on time in the morning is hard enough, but the whole thing is turned into an Olympic event when parents have to mast...

Six Tips On How To Help Young Children Learn To Write

Mary Walton | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Mary Walton

When children are learning to write for the first time, help at home is essential. You want to help them get the hang of writing, but do you have no idea where to start? No worries. Here's six tips that will help your kids get the hang of writing.

Seven Signs Your Kids' School Is Ridiculously Middle Class

Vicky Mitchell | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Vicky Mitchell

My 1980's primary school was home to tepid bottles of milk, ramshackle terrapins and identically-clad kids in hand-me-down C&A coats and ice cream tub lunch boxes. Every child in the neighbourhood went there, regardless of family income, house price, religious or political persuasion. It was a proper microcosm, a dog poo-encircled centre of the community. It was fab.

A Kid-Free Wedding? YES PLEASE!

Celine Bell | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

Our thoughtful friends asked us if we wanted to bring our kids to their wedding. Most of their friends are child-free, so they didn't care either way about upping the numbers by two. I think they were a little shocked by our vehement negative response.