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8 Modern Life Lessons Kids Can Learn From Films

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Parents

Snuggling up with your kids and watching a fabulous film together is one of the stand-out joys of being a parent. As well as that treasured cuddle tim...

The Moment You're Told It's TWINS!

Paul Tremain | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Parents
Paul Tremain

As a dad to a brilliantly fun toddler, Finn, we were keen to give him a brother or sister to play with, so my wife Dani and I were delighted when she started to feel constantly sick and look like a wife on carbs and cola who enjoyed a nap after Countdown every day... SHE WAS PREGNANT!

Whatever Happened To Just Mum And Dad: Labels

Nigel Higgins | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Parents
Nigel Higgins

SAHD, SAHM, single mum, working mum, gay dad, gay mum, LBGT mums and dads, single dads, stepdad, stepmum, divorced dad, divorced mum. This list is endless when describing what sort of mum or dad you are, although I have very rarely seen the term 'working dad'.



Non-uniformity

Samantha Simmonds | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Parents
Samantha Simmonds

Now a school in East Sussex has just taken away that choice by changing its uniform policy and requiring every Year 7 pupil to wear trousers. Why? They say it's to accommodate the growing number of transgender pupils - oh and to deal with complaints over the "decency" of short skirts.

Top Tips For Great Photos Of Your Children

Rachel Rimell | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Parents
Rachel Rimell

I do manage to get an occasional good photo even of my own two children. Obviously I also have 20 years of experience and training behind me and a wealth of technical knowledge which does help. But here are my top tips that anyone can follow:

Nine Ways To Boss The Bank Holiday Now You're A Parent

Celine Bell | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

In the olden days, I'd be so excited about the prospect of an extra day out of the office. It would inevitably be spent in a pub, or if the sun came out, in a pub garden. I'd sleep, drink, party and repeat. Then along came the kids and a huge overdraft from two maternity leaves.

Beware Of The Things You Do When You're Bored

Katie Lodge | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Lodge

My son said he was bored for the first time the other day. Stumped, I was. Had I had wine in my mouth, it would have made the white wall abstract. Up to this point he'd accompanied his 8-year-old existence with a soundtrack of gun noises and whispers from inside an adventure-hungry and bellicose Lego community it was impossible to yank him out of.

8 Ways To Make A Family Walk Fun

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Parents

Suggest a family walk and your children might well groan and roll their eyes, but once they’re unplugged from their screens and out with you, it’s...

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.