Parenting Advice

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...

Daddy Daycare Diary: Home Alone for the First Time

Oli Reed | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

Today was a momentous day for me as a dad, because Gemma popped into the office for the first time since Sonny was born - leaving us to fend for ourselves. For an entire day! Here's how it went...

Surprising Things I Miss From My Twin Pregnancy

Ursula Brunetti | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Parents
Ursula Brunetti

It's all down to looking after other people instead of looking after myself... and that brings me back to the subject of pregnancy. When your whole entire job is to look after yourself so you can nurture that little life (in my case lives) growing inside of you.

Label the Action, Never the Child

Katharine Hill | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

We all wear labels from our past; some are easier to read than others. As parents we have an important role in shaping our children's character and bringing correction when it is needed. But as we do that, let's ensure that above all, what they hear loudly and clearly are positive words that will form their identity and build their character for years to come.

The Hidden Danger of Fake Tan

Amanda Elias | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

I'm not saying that everyone should give up their tan, if it's fake, safe and makes you happy then by all means, carry on. The same could be said about things like make-up and hair colour, as long as we explain to our young ones that it's all about creativity and having fun rather than it being a necessity to look good in society, why not. But as influencers to younger people I do feel we should be conscious of our actions.

What Lies Behind TV's 'Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator'

Jane Robey | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Parents
Jane Robey

Millions of TV viewers are currently seeing a glimpse of a hidden, private side of divorce, as BBC Two's 'Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator' lifts the lid on separated couples trying to sort future arrangements.

Kids Becoming Increasingly Picky Eaters? Ten Ways to Gently Break the Cycle

Emily Leary | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Leary

A lot of fussy eating can be down to underlying worries or fears. It's vital you work to support and dispel those, rather than contribute to them. No two children are alike, of course, but these techniques have helped crack fussy eating for our family. And who knows, it might just work for you too.

Dear Dad

Judy Reith | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Parents
Judy Reith

I remember the sound of the tea in your throat as you swallowed it, and you said you remember that of Grandpa too. I remember wanting to be able to make tea for you, and wanting to learn to like tea so I could drink it with my daddy.

7 Reasons To Take A Staycation With The Kids This Year!

Scott Taylor | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Parents
Scott Taylor

Fancy an exhilarating holiday but Santorini is just a tad out of your budget? Tenerife not really to your taste, but you still crave fun and adventure? If so, then 2016 may be the perfect time for you to take a lauded staycation. No doubt, as every beach craving Brit would, you still have your concerns over what the UK can offer so I've picked out my top 7 reasons why you should take a UK staycation with the kids in 2016.

Childhood Obesity: Exploding Nightmare

Shakira Akabusi | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Parents
Shakira Akabusi

If parents can have such an impact on their child's well-being surely it's time more adults begin to take responsibility for their own health, thereby encouraging their children to follow suit?

The Inner Monologue of *That* Conversation

Sarah Lawton | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Lawton

Faaaaack! Oh I'm blushing now, why am I blushing? My ears are burning, I haven't gone this red since the wind blew my maxi skirt over my head at the bottom of the escalators at Oxford Circus and approximately 1349 people saw my arse and I couldn't get the damn thing to stay down.

On 'Bad' Mothers

Julian Vigo | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Parents
Julian Vigo

The irony of our experiences as mothers is paradoxical of course. On the one hand it is still assumed in society that we are biologically programmed to know everything from from how to raise children, wear stilettos, and have an innate appreciation of Hello Kitty.

Of Fussy Eaters And Two-Way Respect

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

My 60 kg 16-year-old daughter is strictly a carnivore. She eats greens under sufferance, namely to neutralise the acidity of the meat she eats. She of...

Stand Like A Winner

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

As a yoga teacher, I often say, "Your body is your emotional signature." It actually started from my wise eccentric grandmother who told me a long t...

Ten Top Tips for Harmonious Holidays

Frances Taylor | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Parents
Frances Taylor

Before I went, I had a post in mind about travelling with two small children. It was going to be something wise and profound which would have people nodding sagely and thinking 'I learned something today'. Obviously I got more than I bargained for and so, much like the plane on the return journey, my foray into travel blogging didn't quite take off as intended.

Work Hard for a Good Reason

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

It's no secret - I detest work that requires sitting down and I detest work that requires using my brain. These two traits were the cause of my dismal...

Three Classic Business Tips That Can Persuade a Feral Toddler to Do Stuff

Harry Oram | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Parents
Harry Oram

My toddler is the fiercest CEO I've ever pitched to. He can cut through the clutter faster than a well maintained chainsaw in the hands of a zombie apocalypse survivor. If I'm trying to cajole him into doing something, he doesn't want to hear a weak sales pitch.

How to Raise Your Children in a Digital World

Philip Woods | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Tech
Philip Woods

We're experiencing an unprecedented event here. There's no research to tell parents and educators if and what we are doing is wrong or right. Nobody knows just how our children will behave as they grow up in an increasingly digital world.

What Do Mums of Newborns Really Need?

Sarah Lawton | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Lawton

What do Mums of newborns really need? The baby product industry is booming. There's everything available, from silver topped dummies to little tubes that suck bogies out of your offspring's dinky nostrils*. But what do you really need when you have a newborn?

Getting Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Stella Olojola | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Parents
Stella Olojola

Many people keep asking me how I managed to get them to sleep through the night at such a young age, so I thought I should share some of my tried and tested tips. Here they are:

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Katharine Hill | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

Laughter can be about the smallest things - practical jokes, a plastic spider in the bed, funny stories at the meal table, hide and seek in the dark, watching a comedy film and even a water fight at 2am. Take time to laugh and have fun.