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Why I Grieved for My Healthy Baby

Vicki Moore | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Moore

I am glad that I have now come to terms with grieving for what my birth could have been, with the healthy baby I could have had. The fact of the matter is I didn't have those things. I still gave birth, my child did come home, I am still a mother but to a heart warrior who I wouldn't change for the world.

To My Son, The Heart Warrior

Vicki Moore | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Moore

I know I could have been a better mother, that I could have made the effort and see people, that I could have taken you out more. I was so worried Elijah, so worried I would lose you.

Me and My Newborn - 10 Things I Did During the Newborn Days

SJ Snelson | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Parents
SJ Snelson

I had expected having a new born in my life to be relentlessly hard; I had expected to feel completely sleep deprived and exhausted. And that was where my expectations had ended.

I Thought Cancer In My 20s Had Left Me Infertile - Now I Can't Wait to Become a Dad

Paul Simms | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Simms

My wife's expecting our first daughter in August this year, and I can't wait. I'm so excited about being a dad. But rewind just a few short years, and I could never have imagined this would be happening to me. Because my cancer surgeon had just uttered the words "the treatment will almost certainly leave you infertile".

Why Have So Many Gone Too Soon?

Heidi Eldridge | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Heidi Eldridge

After experiencing the devastation and pain of giving birth but not bringing my son home from hospital, I eventually decided to tackle baby loss so my son's very short life would not be in vain.

Six Common Baby Sleep Myths - Busted

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

New parents are inundated with unsolicited parenting advice and no topic is more eagerly discussed than sleep. After countless sleepless nights, the exhausted state many find themselves in can make it harder to separate fact from fiction. So here, for the benefit of tired parents everywhere, is a list of baby sleep advice you can safely ignore.

A review of 'In A Different Key - The Story of Autism'

Matt Davis | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Parents
Matt Davis

There's a brief but reflective detour in this hugely ambitious, perhaps definitive, telling of the autism story, some hundred or so pages in. Steering from the text's omnipresent objectivity and exhaustively researched facts, the authors make a personal observation that, I believe, has universal resonance.

What's Your Parenting Style?

Katharine Hill | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

Children can see where the boundaries are and so feel safe, accepted and loved. They have room to explore, to grow in independence and to push against the boundaries in the knowledge that they are there for their benefit.

The Tantrum Cross Code

Helen Wallen | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

Toddler tantrums are no rare occurrence, but there's no doubt every tantrum is different... Here's the five levels of toddler rage every parent should know about:

12 Hilariously Awkward Sibling Photos

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents

We love awkward photos, we just do. Not long ago, we gave you some laughs with these hilarious awkward family photos. But this time, it's all about...

Ms Hopkins... Please Stop!

Jo Worgan | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jo Worgan

I do not have the likes of Ms Hopkins social presence and media privilege in which to air my views, but as a mother of a child with autism, what I do have is a voice and the right, as does anyone else, to say how her views impact upon those with a disability. Her words impact upon me, my family and wider society.

Would You Choose Your Child's Mother or Father Online?

Susan Leigh | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Leigh

The aim of these sites is to allow the interested parties to discuss their requirements in a confidential way and then, if they're in agreement, be able to reach a mutually satisfactory way of proceeding. No binding legal agreements feature in these relationships.

The Euthanasia of Nancy Fitzmaurice - Opinion

Jo Worgan | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

As a mother to a young son on the autism spectrum I have found this opinion piece extremely difficult to write. However, I believe that we have to share the opinions that have been aired about the euthanasia of this little girl.

The Lullaby Is Now in Space

Jo Worgan | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Where on earth do I begin with this one? I really don't know, and I am not sure if what I will tell you will make any sense whatsoever, but I'll give it a try. It may make more sense to me if I write it all down.

I Support Leo Andrade-Martinez, a Mother Fighting to Bring Her Severely Autistic Son Home

Jo Worgan | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Leo Andrade-Martinez is a mother of 3 from Islington, London and 16 months ago her world was turned upside down when her son, Stephen 19 who has severe autism was placed into a psychiatric unit at St Andrew's Hospital, Northampton, which is 80 miles from their Islington home.

What Parents of Autistic Children Will Never Tell You

Jo Worgan | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

One huge fact that we will never reveal is that we are lonely. We are often on the outside looking in, looking in at both society and our own child, unable in a way to reach both. We are isolated from society due to our caring role, lack of financial support and understanding. We are isolated from our child as we are never truly allowed 'inside'.

The Importance of Parent Carer Support - the North Lancashire Directions Group Parent Carer Information Day

Jo Worgan | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

As a mum of a child with autism I know just how important it is to gain support from those around you who understand, namely other parent carers.

Autism: The Return to School After the Christmas Break

Jo Worgan | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

This week signals the end of the Christmas holidays and the return to school. I love having my children home for the holidays but I absolutely dread the return to school. For my youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum this total change in routine is very upsetting for him and you can visibly see his anxiety levels rising.

The Changing Face of the Adoption Process

Gemma Gordon-Johnson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gemma Gordon-Johnson

There's no doubt that adopting a child in England is becoming easier and quicker. Almost everyone I speak to tells me about someone they know who has had a horrendous experience of adopting years ago - whether it was the agonisingly slow process to be approved as an adopter, or the lack of support after they actually managed to adopt.

Supporting Children Following the Sudden Death of a Parent

Beth Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

The day-to-day support that children need during the grieving process is extensive and is required at a time when the other parent (in this instance, me) is at their lowest ebb. One thing that I have learnt in the last six months is that the grieving process is a very individual thing.

Work-Life Balance: Having It All?

Camilla Macpherson | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Camilla Macpherson

I'm a lawyer working in the City for a major law-firm. I have a husband, and a two-year-old daughter. Last month, my first novel was published by Random House. The question I was asked by everyone? "How on earth did you find the time?"

Why Losing Someone you Love Does not Have to be the end of the World

BritChick Paris | Posted 09.12.2011 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Saying goodbye to a parent is the most difficult experience I have ever gone through. You never really know how hard it will be until it happens.

Harry Potter and the Expletive Of Doom

Vincent Fletcher | Posted 26.09.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Vincent Fletcher

Like most adults I pepper my language with colourful Anglo-Saxon phrases in the company of friends, but for 5 years I had kept my potty mouth shut within earshot of the kids and neither of them had uttered a salty word.