Parenting Advice

Dear Dad at Soft Play

Natasha Mahtani | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Parents
Natasha Mahtani

Dear dad, you look like a nice guy. You're well dressed, as is your kid. He came to you for comfort, he came to you for a cuddle, to tell you he'd been hurt. He wanted your reassurance, your love, your comfort.

Practical Advice and Encouragement for New Parents

Olga Levancuka | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

While it is natural for your darling or even yourself to be constantly obsessed with the baby, you want to spend some time together in a 'baby free' zone. When you do things you used to do together, just without talking about babies.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Why Some Babies Are Born With Big Hair

Dr Andy Raffles | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Andy Raffles

Like everything in nature, hairiness at all ages has an infinite amount of variation, and 99.9% of extreme hairiness or lack of hair is within normal limits. Most infants are born with some body hair, but often this is so fine and wispy it is hard to see.

Obama's Parenting Advice

Natasha Mahtani | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Parents
Natasha Mahtani

While I'm grateful for technology and the ability to stay in touch with friends who live on the other side of the world, I also believe phones are killing conversation. More importantly, I believe our children mirror us and if they constantly see us head down in our phones, it won't be long before they're doing exactly the same thing.

I Hate Homework!

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Parents
Carey Ann Dodah

I know I am not alone and parents throughout the country struggle with this very challenge every week. So here's the thing - I don't have the answers but am on the journey too with a dogged determination to overcome this biggest of hurdles and try to remove the pain from homework.

With Kindness, Not Love

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

I am not a psychologist and I know that releasing childhood emotional trauma is a big complicated area. I wouldn't know how to start advising people, but as a mother of five children, I follow the old adage, it is easier to raise a happy child than mend a broken adult.

Shrinking Primary School Catchments

Daniel Powell | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Parents
Daniel Powell

We were upset angry, frustrated and worried. I contacted the Authority and asked for clarification of how this had occurred and was informed that the school places for our favoured school had been filled by applicants residing within 476m of the school and we lived 513m away.

Piano Lessons for My Son - Finding Ms Piano Lady Four

Daniel Powell | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Parents
Daniel Powell

I don't want to be the kind of father that seeks to make up for his own shortcomings by hot-housing his kids, except that's exactly what I want to do when it comes to my sons learning music.

Sibling Rivalry - it's in the Genes

Dr Helen Driscoll | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK
Dr Helen Driscoll

Petty fights in the back of the car, temper tantrums over the possession of a favourite toy, irrational jealousy over who is the family favourite - squabbling brothers and sisters have infuriated parents for generations.

"Where's Your Face Mummy?"

Emma Porcelli | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Porcelli

Modern technology is everywhere. I rarely read magazines because I read all articles I want to on my phone. What is the difference if a child sees a book on a screen? I am sure we are capable of makin

Cyberbullying: A Parent's Guide to Prevention

Vicki Marinker | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Tech
Vicki Marinker

This week is Anti-Bullying Week so I've been hunting around on the internet (safely obvs) to find the best advice about how to prevent, and deal with bullying - particularly cyberbullying.

Eight Home Truths I'd Go Back and Tell Myself as a New Mum

Katie Gregory | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Parents
Katie Gregory

In short, I was an idiot. And three years on - sat on the same sofa while my kids take a rare nap at the same time - I can't help but wish someone had taken me aside to explain a few home truths. Granted, I probably wouldn't have listened. But here's what I wish I could go back and tell that new mum on the sofa...

Let's Be Frank - How It Pays to Choose a Traditional Name for Your Baby

Sophie McCorry Day | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Parents
Sophie McCorry Day

Start considering options and noting them down midway through your pregnancy; ensure your partner does this too if you want to make a united decision. And even if they sweetly say, "It's up to you, love" don't buy it - you'll have to put up with the way they flinch every time they say it if your choice is duff.

How to Juggle the Half-Term

Jeff Brazier | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Am I the only parent that can't believe how quickly this half term has come along?! I'm sure you've all been settling into your routines again after the lengthy summer holiday and now it's time to have that routine dashed so we can go back to wearing the occasional hat that requires us to become an entertainer, a taxi driver or a referee depending on how many you have and what ages they are. I can snigger slightly at myself here, with two of a similar age I actually fit into all three but sadly, in reverse order!

Lost Libidos, Awkward Sex and Fertility Windows

Ella Mathews | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ella Mathews

Over the past couple of years, a combination of chronic pain, work-related stress, feeling miserable and all the associated medications have destroyed my libido. Obliterated it even, like sexual napalm.

Raising Happy Children

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents
Professor Ewan Gillon

Every parent wants their child to grow up to be a happy and confident adult so it's a sobering thought that half a million children in the UK are dealing with anxiety or depression. These issues can often develop as a result of low self-esteem, and the impact of social media on youngsters' self-confidence is being widely debated as a result.

SMA's Careline Is The Easy Way To Get Advice On Any Baby Issue - No Matter The Time Of Day

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Parents

When you're busy looking after a new baby, it's easy to forget that you also need some looking after yourself. New mothers have plenty on their pl...

Welcome To The Amazing - And Confusing - World Of Parenting. SMA® Baby Club Is Here To Help...

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents

When you become a parent, a whole new world – wondrous, exhilarating, confusing and scary – opens up to you and becomes your everyday reality. ...

Screen Time to Teen Time: How the Parenting Toolkit Keeps Evolving

Jo Nilsson | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents
Jo Nilsson

At home our parenting toolkit on technology has been around 'set times' for access and a ban at mealtimes and bedtimes. Indeed we seem to be in the majority there with 80% surveyed saying they don't allow screens at bed time and 67% removing them at meal times.

Are You Passing on Your Own Fears and Phobias to Your Children?

Heather Montoute | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Parents
Heather Montoute

When we have children, we need to be very careful about how we react when we're in their presence because we will invariably pass on our fear to them.

The Three Little Pigs and Their Mobile Devices

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Parents
Nicholas Shaw

Once upon a time, there lived three little pigs. As the little pigs grew older they each decided to build a home for themselves, and when they left home they were given a smartphone and tablet each.

Baby Sign Language - Yes or No?

Jessica Brown | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Parents
Jessica Brown

I started chatting to other mums about baby signing, it really appealed to me as I listened to stories of how they communicate with their babies/ toddlers. The idea of being able to understand (even on a very basic level) what my daughter needs/ wants excited me.

Snow White and the Strong Password

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Parents
Nicholas Shaw

Just as the seven dwarves keep Snow White safe from her wicked stepmother, it's important to teach children how to protect personal information online, by making sure their passwords are strong and private.

Appreciate These Days With Your Kids - The Look That Says it All

Aimee Foster | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

It's the look that says, I remember the days when my house was full of dirty dishes, toys, children's artwork, muddy footprints, clutter and mess. I remember the noise being at such a level that I couldn't hear myself think.

Me, Me, Me

Emma Porcelli | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Porcelli

In all the turmoil though, it is so important to have time out. As a person, it is your basic right to have a bit of time to yourself. Self-importance and well-being are vital in being a good parent. If you are frazzled, the household will be frazzled. Kids sense tension and will just play up more. It is a vicious circle.