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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.

Gabby Logan Reveals Her Family Health Hacks For Active Kids

Claudia Canavan | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Parents

Active kids are happier kids. Public Health England research from 2015 shows how 5-11 year olds are positively impacted by getting involved in physica...

Expat Un-Brats: Why Taking Your Children Away From Everything They've Known Could Be The Making Of Them

Vicky Mitchell | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Parents
Vicky Mitchell

My boy was made in Italy, took his first breath in the UK, cut teeth in Hong Kong, was pre-schooled in Australia and primary schooled back in the UK. His sister's birth certificate bears a picture of the Sydney Harbour Bridge but her passport's a very regal British burgundy, which was issued in New Zealand.

How To Still Be Their Favourite Auntie When You're Far Away

Beth Searle | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Searle

Having spent a lot of time over the past few years travelling and living abroad, I now have lots of friends and family with small kids living far away from me. I used to find it really hard to stay in touch and feel connected with my nieces, nephews and godchildren.

What Millenial Parents Will Be Doing With Their Children This Easter

Lisa Bradburn | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Bradburn

This got me thinking about some simple whole-family activities and fun we can all be enjoying with kids this Easter. Put down the electronics, step away from the television and go after some good old fashioned Easter fun! We should all have some time off over the upcoming bank holidays and Easter break, so here are some Easter activities everyone can enjoy:

How My Kids Have Helped My Business

Ruth Kudzi | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Kudzi

It is a pretty old cliche that we learn from our kids as much as we teach them. As someone who spent 12 years in education I know this is true when you think about older children, but I have learnt so much in the last 2 1/2 years of motherhood and what I have learnt has helped me in my business.

Parents Called Out For Sending Children To School With Cold McDonald's And Smarties For Lunch

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents

A headteacher has shamed parents who are sending their children to school with “worrying” packed lunches, including a day-old McDonald’s Happy M...

Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge Announce Where Prince George Will Be Going To School

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents

Late last year reports suggested the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had registered Prince George at the pre-prep Wetherby school, which had educated Pr...

The Last Summer Of Baby Swings

Kate Milner | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Parents
Kate Milner

It's so hard to write about this without resorting to cliché so I'll just embrace it instead. It goes so fast. Not when you're in the relentless drudge of sleep deprivation and days pass like weeks. But once they've started toddling away it speeds up like a John Lewis advert and you find yourself organising birthday parties with frightening regularity just so that you can add all those candle-blowing out shots to the turbo-charged montage.

The Rules Of Role Play For Parents of Toddlers

By Laura Kemp | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents

Toddlers learn through play. By playing with you they develop important social skills like concentration and cooperation, how to express themselves (o...

Dad Phrases

Tom Price | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Price

And there it is. That first moment in the day when you hear your own dad come streaming out of your mouth like a song you long since thought you'd forgotten but in fact remember every single word to. That's right. Dad phrases are exactly like 'Never Ever' by the All Saints (try it - it's in there I guarantee).

BBC News Interrupted By Kids, As Dad Deals With The Perils Of Working From Home

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents

A live BBC news broadcast was interrupted by a couple of children who gatecrashed their dad’s office as he was giving an interview over Skype. Rober...

Why I Have No Life

Farida Ahmed | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Farida Ahmed

This is the story behind the teller. I work 7 days a week. I have four (and a half) jobs. I am an academic mentor at a Sixth Form College, a Private Tutor, a Nanny, a Blogger and a Postgrad Student all in one. Honestly, sometimes it feels like I literally have no life.

This 'Girlie Glue' Lets You Stick Flowers And Ribbons To Your Daughter's Head

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Parents

Parents! Ever desperately wanted to identify your baby as a girl by attaching a ribbon or flower to her skull, but just not had the right tools? We ha...

Kids Vs Plastic

Mary-Ann Ochota | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Mary-Ann Ochota

Plastic pollution is the hot new environmental catastrophe on everyone's timeline. But is it really as bad as the moaners make out? I had a chat with the brains behind the Kids Against Plastic campaign, Amy and Ella Meek.

Boy Gives Us All A Lesson In Racial Prejudice And Friendship

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Parents

We often wonder what the world looks like through the eyes of our children, and now one mum has the answer. Lydia Stith Rosebush, from the USA, had a ...

This Is Why The Kinder Surprise Toy Case Is Yellow

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Easter is approaching, egg-shaped confectionery is all around and we’ve got the answer to the question you never asked: why is the Kinder Surprise c...

Bad Parenting - It's Not What It Looks Like

Dr Amanda Gummer | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Amanda Gummer

"Last night (or this morning, earlier, yesterday) I wasn't the parent I wanted to be because ... " Sounds familiar? Well it does happen - when we're ...