UK Parenthood

Why the HELL Is My Baby Not Doing This Yet?

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

When I came home from hospital with my first baby I became obsessed with everything being 'normal.' Is what my baby doing normal? Am I normal? Is this normal, is that normal?

Don't Leave Your Child Wounded, This Isn't Your Movie

Chris Good | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Good

If there was a parenting rulebook, I would unashamedly campaign for this to be in the top 5; because if it offends some parent, somewhere, to be challenged on this point, I'd suggest they put their reproductive organs in some blending device and feed them to the family dog...because they shouldn't use them for anything else.

Where Did I Sign Up for This?

Kim Davies | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Davies

Where did I sign up for the indentured servitude that is picking up everyone else's undies, wee-sodden pull ups and a shipwrecked flotilla of toenail clippings from the bathroom floor?

Postnatal Depression in Fathers - Five Things You Need to Know

Olivia Spencer | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Spencer

Postnatal depression in fathers does exist. There are many factors, both situational and physiological, which can affect a father's mood both before and after a baby is born, and yet it's an area of parenting which is often ignored or overlooked by healthcare professionals and parents alike.

Lager on the Loo: Seven Habits to Leave on Holiday

Jess Paterson | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Paterson

We are waiting for the kids to fall asleep so we can drink like civilized people: sitting on the corridor outside the cabin. The depths to which one sinks as a parent never cease to amaze. We could have just gone to bed at the same time as the children and listened to them not falling asleep. But we are on Holiday!

Five Things That Will NOT Help Your Child Do Well at School

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

It's fast-approaching that time of year when many parents will be preparing to send their little ones off to school or pre-school for the very first time...

Breastfeeding Confidential: It's Hard, It Hurts, and Everyone Should Know It

Jessica Shortall | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Whatever the reasons that we are being kept in the dark on the difficulties and practical how-to's of breastfeeding, it's time we take control of the dialogue. If you've ever breastfed, and have a pregnant friend, sit her down and tell her about the difficult parts of breastfeeding.

Stressed Parents: Why Are Women More Anxious Than Men?

Rachel Kelly | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Kelly

I have been forced by mental ill-health to impose limits on the way I live. I've replaced life in an office with freelance writing and voluntary work in prisons and hospitals supporting those with poor mental health: I am entirely the beneficiary, given the well known benefits of trying to help others.

It's Time to Stand Up for Childhood

Rupert Read | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rupert Read

The rights of children in the UK are under threat from advertising and our growing digital and screen-based lifestyle. It is time we unmask advertising and place it where it belongs: beside pornography, as a real threat to childhood. We must get kids back outdoors again.

Building a Family Through International Surrogacy

Daisy Organ | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK
Daisy Organ

Building a family should be a time of excitement, anticipation, exhilaration and all sorts of other emotions. By taking a few small steps to prepare beforehand there is no reason why international surrogacy can't be a safe and happy start to parenthood.

10 Unexpected Ways Motherhood Changes Your Life

Alex Manson-Smith | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Manson-Smith

Everybody knows about the big changes that happen, post-parenthood. The exhaustion and lack of sex - these are well documented. But it's the smaller things that make you really want to take a look at yourself.

Mother's Day Pamper at Home

Amanda Elias | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

Firstly, go through all of your Mum's beauty products and see what you can use. If your Mum is like mine she'll have products bought as gifts that she just never gets around to using- just make sure they're still in date. Do this before Mother's Day to allow time to buy anything you need.

Breastfeeding Advocacy Isn't Anti-Formula Feeders

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

So, here's what breastfeeding-advocacy isn't: It isn't anti-formula users. Breastfeeding advocacy is about wanting new parents to have access to ALL the facts about how they feed their babies. This includes the risks of using formula milk as a breastmilk substitute...

Nigel Farage Proves That Sexism in the City Is Alive and Well

Polly Courtney | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Polly Courtney

Within weeks of joining the bank, I became aware of barriers to my progress that were simply not there for my male equivalents. Women weren't given a chance to prove themselves, men bonded in strip clubs, women were paid less than their male counterparts, sexist 'banter' ruled - and that was before I even noticed what was happening to the one other female executive in my department, who had just had a baby.

Budget Beauty Tips for Christmas and New Year

Amanda Elias | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

Christmas and New Year are party season, but if like me you've sent Santa a rather large cheque this year, you may be feeling the pinch. Here are some budget tips to try and help get you through the party season looking your absolute best.

Nine Ways Raising Babies Is Like Raving, Baby

Sal Thomas | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Sal Thomas

At some point when you become a parent you realise that YOU WILL NEVER GO RAVING AGAIN. But then again... raising babies and partying like it's 1995 may not be so different after all:

Top Beauty Tips for Time-Stricken Mums

Amanda Elias | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

While I've had to adapt my beauty regime over the years to accommodate my changing lifestyle, it is still possible to go from shabby to chic with minimal time and effort, even with the endless interruptions that parenthood entails. Here are my golden rules to being a yummy mummy...

What They Don't Tell You About Being Pregnant

Sal Thomas | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Sal Thomas

I now get to become that person who, having managed to navigate nine months of pregnancy and eight months of parenthood, now feels entitled to share helpful [patronising] advice [guesswork] to anyone who'll pretend to listen.

Ten Reasons Why Working Mums Make Kick-Ass Employees

Sal Thomas | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sal Thomas

Working mums get a hard rap. If we're not being brow-beaten by family for abandoning our babies, we're being bitched about by less child-challenged colleagues for leaving work early enough to spend quality time watching our kids crap in the bath.

WATCH: One Kid's Toilet Contemplations

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Comedy

"Need a good laugh!? You have to watch this!" writes this mother on YouTube. "Our 3 1/2 year old contemplates the effects of his diet." He certainl...

Couvade, The Right of Passage for Fathers

Nick Clements | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

As someone who works with men and boys, these two descriptions of couvade, inspire and excite me. Our ancestors knew the importance of having the father bond with the baby as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. The reduction in testosterone shows how this is a biological and evolutionary imperative.

James Brown Dog

James Conmy | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

It was our own fault that we'd had beans for lunch. And supper. In fact it struck me that beans should never have become a campfire staple. As my son continued to sleep-fart it also struck me that essentially we were sleeping in a highly flammable bag filling up with methane next to an open fire. This not being the most relaxing of thoughts - I decided to get up and douse the fire.

The Joy of Boys: What to Expect When You're Expecting a Prince

Emma Jenner | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Jenner

Raising a boy has its own particular joys and challenges. Duchess Kate and Prince William have some experience looking after younger brothers James and Prince Harry, but being a parent is entirely new. Here are some of the things that new parents of sons have to look forward to.

Don't Revisit your Childhood, on your Children

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

As the world evolves, so humanity remains essentially emotionally the same. All of it crystallized in sharp relief within the hellish prison of childhood. I always said I'd never forget...and yet now I have children, I find myself getting annoyed because their drama doesn't meet my criteria for what merits hysterical crying and slammed doors.

This Labour of Love

Lana Citron | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

So there we were at the end of a journey and the beginning of a lifetime. These past nine months have been the longest, shortest, most confounding emotional roller coaster since... well, probably since the first time round...