UK Parenthood

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...

I Dream Of Sleeping

Alice Wright | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Wright

I haven't enjoyed a full, uninterrupted eight hours sleep in nearly six years. I know this because I have had a lot of time to think about that fact. A lot of time spent lying in bed in the dark, eyes wide open pondering how long it has been since I have slept a full night and since when.

Thirteen Lucky Years of Boy Wonderment

Lana Citron | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

We have been on a journey for 13 summers. Just the two of us travelling to infinity and beyond, adventure after adventure, hiding out in makeshift dens, hopping on island cushions, gladiators on sheepskin carpets, scaling furniture, bouncing on beds, sofa snuggling, conquering long rainy days.

The Quarter-Life Crisis

Katy Campbell | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Campbell

What is a quarter-life crisis? It's a period where a person begins to feel doubtful about their life; this is brought on by the stress and fear of being an adult.

How Pregnancy Has Changed Since I Was Pregnant

Heidi Murkoff | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Heidi Murkoff

Childcare is more likely to be divided more equitably between parents too. Many of our mums commented that their partners are more involved than their dads were when they were growing up - and others noted that the shift towards greater sharing of the baby care workload is inevitable, given that most mums (as dads) are juggling parenthood with a career.

Why Intuition Is Your Best Friend Especially When It Comes to Having a Baby

BritChick Paris | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

My instinct tells me that if I want a baby it will come naturally or if it doesn't maybe it is not meant to be. Others have a different vibe about the whole thing and are comfortable with fertility treatment, IVF or other procedures. But for me and for many of my friends the cost was getting too high. It made me sick, frustrated, anxious and most of all I lost me.

Tales of Hard Labour and the Pink Ribbon

Lana Citron | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

"What does one do when contractions begin?" My arm shot up. I knew this one. "Scream," I answered. This response was met with disdain: "Wrong... You need to be in control. Screaming evokes the idea of someone who has lost control." I suddenly came over all John McEnroe. Was she serious? She could not be serious? How could she possibly say that?

When Sexiness Left the Building

Lana Citron | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

This week the bump took command of the mothership. All things ego related receded into the background as I prepared for metamorphosis, from woman to 'mother' or 24 hour service station. Branded with a thick black line, a primal print of 'Keep Off' ran the length of my curvature.

Our Sexualised Society Is Harming Our Children and Turning Some of Them Into Abusers

Jon Brown | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Brown

We're concerned at the NSPCC that easy access to hardcore pornography is warping young people's views of what is 'normal' or acceptable sexual behaviour. Adults have a choice about what to watch within the law, but my concern is that the internet is exposing ever younger eyes to things they are just not yet ready to process. They are learning about sex from porn and not from proper respectful relationships. Much of the material is violent and simply vile; it paints a picture of sex as one sided that has no basis in love or respect.

Female Infanticide - India's Unspoken Evil

Namrata Poddar | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Namrata Poddar

People in Britain have had to face the uncomfortable truth that South Asia remains stuck firmly in the past in how women are treated, and with regard to their role in society. Not many in the UK, for instance, would realize that 2.8million girls in India have gone missing in the last 20 years.

Women Over 40 Should Be Offered Free IVF On The NHS

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Women aged 40-42 who are having fertility problems should be offered IVF on the NHS, according to guidelines published on Wednesday by the National In...

Channel 4 News Reveals What Life Is Like for Children Affected By Alcohol in the Womb

Cat Mcshane | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Cat Mcshane

Last night, Channel 4 News aired air a short film I've spent the last five months putting together about Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, or FASD. This is a range of lifelong disabilities that can occur when a mother drinks while their child is in the womb.

It's Time to Stand Up for the Progressive and Conservative Institution of Marriage

David Burrowes MP | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Politics
David Burrowes MP

Marriage is a vital heterosexual institution because it caters to the unique consequences of heterosexual union - children. It cannot simply be extended to others without this purpose being devalued or lost.

On 'Going Down' - The Joys of Cohabitation

Lana Citron | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

Yes after 42 years, my long cherished independence was under imminent threat. My single days cooked. I was 'caving in', going to live with - you guessed it, the Glam Rocker. This was a completely unnatural scenario for me.

Bob and Fred's Skate Night

Jeff Brazier | Posted 24.03.2013 | Home
Jeff Brazier

It's really significant to me that the boys have opened their 'charity account'. The fact they chose Marie Curie who cared for their mum and Grief Encounter who have made their loss less painful indicates they understand what it means to give back and to pay gratitude.

Is There a Right Way to Parent?

Zion Lights | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zion Lights

Parenting is hard work and the issue that holds many parents back from altering their parenting styles is that it's hard to know where to start.

Family Food Goals for 2013

Food Revolution | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Food Revolution

When it comes to healthy eating, I view my family as a work in progress.

What We Look Like in Our Own Minds

Mette Poynton | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mette Poynton

My image of myself in my mind is still of a normal, healthy looking woman, not the overweight woman that is the reality.