Parenting Advice

Autism Research Findings Provide Good Advice For All Parents

Dr Amanda Gummer | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Amanda Gummer

It is great to see results such as these that prove that interventions can work and have a long lasting impact on children and families suffering with autism. But it's also really important to point out here that engaged parenting methods, focusing on play and social interaction is beneficial for all children, not just those with autism.

Britain's Weirdest Pregnancy Cravings Revealed

Emily Street | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

I've heard it all, from ladies who tell me how desperate they are to drink blood to those who also end up with cravings for certain smells, like creosote on fence panels or for the aroma of their pet's feet.

Are You Crushing Your Child's Leadership Potential?

Stephanie Morgan | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Stephanie Morgan

Now, as the business community struggles with the long-term outcomes of helicopter parenting, it's become clear that the ideology of wanting better for our own children than we had has come at a price. In our effort to keep our children close and protect them, ironically, we might have damaged their long-term career prospects.

Why Your Baby Will NEVER Sleep Through The Night!

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

It is however a simple matter of fact. No baby sleeps through the night, they never have and never will. Ever. Similarly, no adult has ever, or will ever, slept through the night either. Why then is so much time and money spent on trying to achieve something that is totally impossible?

Toddler's Supper And My Path To Adoption

Deborah Sawyerr | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Sawyerr

For me the path to adoption was very similar, it took two years and one week from the initial meeting until the first day of introductions. In honesty it felt so much longer and this was within the new speeded up adoption process.

Surviving On Biscuits

Angela Corpe | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Corpe

I knew motherhood would be about choices. I just didn't expect it to be about THESE choices. In my head, the decisions I would make each day once my little ones arrived would be ones like whether we would go to the park or soft play? (Park if possible - you don't have to supervise other people's little darlings as well as your own there!) whether my daughter should wear pink (nope) and my son blue (yes, he rocks it!)

Problem Solving Tips When Flying With Kids

Carrie Bradley | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Parents
Carrie Bradley

When I first started flying with my little ones, I had several concerns, even though I was familiar with the aircraft environment. After talking to several parents, I realised many felt like me and they also worried. Here is a list of the main concerns and tips for overcoming them to have a stress free flight. We worried, so you don't have to!

Why I'm Raising My Son To Be A Feminist

Hannah Greaves | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Parents
Hannah Greaves

It is crucial because our generation has the opportunity to break the cycle of internalised misogyny. If we reiterate the importance of consent, we will not be the parents of another generation of Brock Turners.

Helicopter Parenting When Your Child Has No Danger Awareness

Laura Rutherford | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

As he gets older, this danger awareness thing - well, to be honest it just gets more frightening. He is taller and stronger and physically trying to prevent him from hurting himself - intentionally or unintentionally - can be really hard.

Parent With Elastic

Katharine Hill | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

As parents we're hardwired to protect our children. It's as if we want to keep them on the end of a tight piece of string to make sure they stay safe and are equipped for every eventuality. But a wise friend once said to me, 'Don't use string, use elastic.'

Parents, Here's How To Deal With Clingy Children

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Parents

There isn’t a parent alive who doesn’t feel caught between the guilt of going to work and not being there enough for their child. And when your ki...

Do You Like Your Child Today?

Jade Lloyd | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Parents
Jade Lloyd

Little boy chose to lay on the floor hysterical for 40 minutes and I left him to it. Can we put children on eBay? Whispering 'I don't like him' on the phone to my mother the words barely formed on my tongue.

How To Stop Your Child From Sucking Their Thumb

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Parents

One in every eight children in the UK (aged 7 to 11) has a thumb sucking habit, according to BOS statistics. So if you are a parent trying to stop you...

"Let's Talk Fractals, Mum!"

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

When my youngest child G was in primary school, the walls outside her classroom were display boards for pupils' artwork. She wasn't academic at that time (being a late reader), but with child-like enthusiasm and exuberance, she used to put a lot of work into art.

Where Do YOU Factor Into YOUR Pregnancy?

Lauren Derrett | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Parents
Lauren Derrett

Imagine if everything in pregnancy was written in a way whereby you could equate all your baby's milestones as a massive, stonking, you're the bomb, preggo high five to yourself and your amazing body that has worked silently and unquestionably 24/7!

Perfect Parenting Isn't Good Enough

Sarah Ramsden | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ramsden

What encompasses a good enough mother seems to be someone who tries again despite failure - just like all those inspirational memes that flood your Facebook feed every day. So, it sounds like Winnicott has basically described each and every parent that I know

The Price Of A Happy Child

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

She is our much-loved youngest child and her passion is football. So we took the momentous decision to move countries for her. Her father gave up his well-paid job, and we moved into a simple, sunny house near the beach in Phuket.

Rochelle Hulmes Asks For Parenting Advice After Her Daughter's Pet Died

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Parents

Many parents think that buying a pet for their child is a great way to teach them about the circle of life. But, it always feels a little harder than ...

The Alternative Guide to Parenting

Anne Marshall | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Parents
Anne Marshall

Being a mother of four is not always easy, but it has taught me a few things.

Parenting Lessons Learned From an Unconventional Upbringing

Robin Sherwood | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Parents
Robin Sherwood

thriving families.jpg Ultimately though, despite some truly turbulent events in my formative years, there was always one constant in my life, and that was the unconditional love I received from my mother. I'm certain that this was the difference between me going completely off the rails as a teenager and the (I would hope) well-rounded, wise and emotionally developed person I am today.

An Olympic Approach to Parenting

Shakira Akabusi | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Parents
Shakira Akabusi

How many times have you sat down to watch the Olympic Games and thought 'I know exactly how that feels'? Not often right, but perhaps we as parents should. It struck me recently that parenting is actually not dissimilar to this sporting event, with numerous hurdles, sprints and relay's taking place all the time.

Fatherhood and Farming: Raising a Family in the Countryside

JB Gill | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents
JB Gill

Experience of the countryside is all about opportunity for me. It's a chance to look at life boiled down to its simplest form and better still, see things from a different view. Whether a career in the countryside is for you, or you just want to eat great food, one thing is for sure, understanding our environment is a good thing for everybody.

Will My Dog Accept the Baby?

Oli Reed | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

One of our biggest concerns before our little boy Sonny was born was how our jack russell Mario would take to him. The dog has had our undivided attention for the past 9 years and has effectively been our child, but with a few simple adjustments to his lifestyle he seems to have accepted the newcomer to his home.

Ten Things I Want To Teach My Son

Sarah Lawton | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Lawton

One of the things that weighs on me the most about parenting is teaching my son "life lessons". The things that I've learnt - slowly, sometimes painfully - that I want to somehow confer to him without him having to go through the same things I had to.

The Thought Process of Finding Out You're Expecting Twins

Ursula Brunetti | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Parents
Ursula Brunetti

When you've just found out that you're pregnant with twins the world goes silent for a few moments. It's like an explosion has just gone off in your brain as you deal with this new information. All you can see is the two blobs on the ultrasound screen. Your tongue won't move in your mouth and you can't hear what the sonographer is saying because that last word they uttered has literally blown your mind...