Parenting Advice

An Early Autism Diagnosis Changed My Daughter's Life

Stacey Lerner | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Lerner

My daughter, Ava, was just shy of three years old when she received her autism diagnosis. I remember sitting in our developmental pediatrician's office and hearing the word "autism" leave her mouth with a sense of unforgettable finality. As a mother, I was at a loss. But three years later, that early diagnosis has changed everything for the better.

Problems Picking Nurseries

Chris Newman | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Chris Newman

Here is my dilemma. I am somewhat overprotective. With this in mind, the fact that there are videos and news articles about children who get abused or neglected while in a childcare environment, how can you be sure your child is safe?

Are We Creating Generation Wimp By Overpraising Our Kids?

Susie Weaver | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Parents
Susie Weaver

They will have no experience of failure because they're being told all the time that everything they do is astoundingly brilliant. So, when they really do do something great, do our words of praise have no effect because they're used to hearing it all the time?

When Is It Okay To Comment On Other People's Parenting?

J.J. Barnes | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

I don't know about you, but since I became pregnant with my first daughter I have had other people pass comment on my mothering skills.  Whether it was doing too much or too little exercise whilst pregnant, or how I manage my child's tantrums now she's here, everyone has an opinion.

My Son Has Autism, And This Is How I Handle Meltdowns

Quora | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents
Quora

Okay, not normal behavior, I instantly wonder what's up with that. So I went to turn the monitor on to see what I was missing, and he instantly melted down. In the end, I wound up having to physically restrain him across the room while his mum powered the monitor back on (finding nothing incriminating).

Things You Should Talk About Before Having A Baby

Saira Aspinall | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Parents
Saira Aspinall

Sleep deprivation coupled with that unsettling, guilt-inducing sense of being 'trapped' at home whilst my husband went out into the world - speaking to adults, drinking hot coffee, going to Pret - definitely contributed to my rage, but I think the real issue was the difference that was beginning to show itself in our approach to children and parenting.

More Seizures And Epilepsy Awareness

Katy Mann | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Mann

It's been a rather eventful couple of weeks here. I posted on Facebook that I made it to school without my wheelchair one day. Oh how the universe laughed at me. It's all been downhill ever since. My seizures have been terrible the past two weeks.

Surrogacy Reform

Andrew Spearman | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Parents
Andrew Spearman

It shouldn't take a car crash for us to react. It shouldn't take sensationalist journalism and broadcasting to prick up your ear. It shouldn't take a parent losing their child for common sense to takeover the driving seat.

Tips For Parenting With Epilepsy

Katy Mann | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Parents
Katy Mann

I was diagnosed with epilepsy almost a year ago now and one of the toughest challenges for me has been looking after my two children, James (9) and Emily (5). I have atonic seizures, which means I fall several times a day

How To Approach Adoptive Children And Parents

Jesse Toksvig-Stewart | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jesse Toksvig-Stewart

In that moment where you have watched a mother and child together and have not examined their relationship, or asked the obvious question, it means everything because you have seen them for what they are. A mother and daughter. Nothing more, nothing less.

Why You Shouldn't Use Distraction In Place Of Discipline

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Almost every day I read a comment on a social media post suggesting that parents distract their children in order to avoid unwanted behaviour. It seems like sound advice, certainly if your toddler is about to bash your newborn on the head, quickly saying "shall we go and get a snack?" is infinitely better than shouting at them, or worse, smacking.

Managing Test-Related Stress With Your Child

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Carey Ann Dodah

The Wildlife Trusts highly recommend spending time outdoors and around nature and water to relieve stress, so perhaps take time out and visit some local scenery - like your local park or woods. However if there is a timetable in place make sure that it is still possible to cover everything in time.

Effective Parenting In A Blended Family

Lisa Doodson | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Doodson

A blended family includes children from a previous marriage of one spouse or both, and being a parent or step parent in these circumstances presents its own unique challenges and rewards. While you don't necessarily have to rewrite your parenting rules in blended family, it is important to quickly establish a clear role for the new step parents.

A Mum's Experience Of Abuse

Jennifer Gilmour | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jennifer Gilmour

Having children changes your life in so many ways, not least because you acquire a protective instinct that makes you want to protect them from harm or hurt. I remember feeling this protectiveness instantly when my first child was born.

Two Fail-Safe Revision Tips

Cai Graham | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Cai Graham

As the student, it's oftentimes hard to see the wood from the trees. Throughout their academic year they are required to adhere to a regular timetable. Once they start the revision period however, once lessons are suspended, it can be challenge for them to control their own time management.

Teaching Dads

Thomas Lynch | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

Love was the glue that held me and my family together. I loved my dad, and I'm sure he loved me. We'd never actually say the words to each other (well I did when I knew he didn't have much longer to live), but I felt loved and held by him and my mum.

How To Survive Your First Night Out After Having A Baby

Jeni Dibley-Rouse | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jeni Dibley-Rouse

So you have grown a baby, your baby has come out one way or another, you have fed it, stayed up all night and day with it but now it's time to get a small piece of your life back. The thought of going out on your own is daunting and going out at night with no children in the dark is scary but also exciting.

Survive The Day With A Toddler And A Newborn

Hannah Jull | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Jull

We picked a bit of an inconvenient time to move internationally to a location with no support network. If you haven't made this kind of ludicrously-timed decision then you should let family and friends help when they offer. With the toddler or with the newborn or just for a bit of company along the way.

Six Words Every Parent Needs To Hear

Nicola Wiggins | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola Wiggins

That was, undeniably, the main thought running through my head in the first few months after my eldest, Little O, was born. That, and 'what the hell have I done', 'where did I put the sodding Sudocrem' and wondering when my downstairs would stop feeling like the aftermath of a nuclear explosion.

How To Teach Your Child Musicality

Joss Astle | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
Joss Astle

How can we harness the power in music, to help us on our parenting journey? How can we best use music to bond with our children, to share joyful moments, to play and to comfort? How can we teach musicality?

Why I Never Lose To My Kids On Purpose

Quora | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Quora

One day my oldest (10 at the time) asked me, "Dad, when will I ever win a game?" I replied with, "When you stop making stupid mistakes and learn how to play the game you will."

Lifting The Lid On Simple Steps To Improve Childhood Oral Heath

Sara Keel | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sara Keel

More and more health experts are concerned about babies and young children sucking from spouts or from no-spill seals, and say this sucking habit, (not to be confused with the breastfeeding 'suckle'), is implicated in problems such as rotten teeth and orthodontic issues.

The Secret Reason Why Your Toddler Misbehaves

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Have you ever wondered why your toddler does something, even when you've told them not to and explained why they shouldn't do it? Perhaps your two or three year old insisted on touching the oven door, even though you told him not to because it was very hot.

Are You Pretending To Be Something You're Not?

Cai Graham | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cai Graham

I used to dread going to parties - and when I did, I was terrified. I worried that people would laugh at me for being unpopular, a bad dancer, too quiet, too loud (you name it). I used to watch the different cliques; the sporty ones, the cool ones, the musical ones ... wondering when was I ever going to just fit in.

How To Stop Breastfeeding Gently

Vanessa Christie | Posted 26.02.2017 | UK Parents
Vanessa Christie

Weaning off the breast doesn't have to be an all or nothing event and it also needn't be a conscious parent-led decision. If you and your baby are happy the way things are, then you may consider continuing to breastfeed until he or she decides that time's up and weans themselves naturally. On the other hand, if taking charge of the weaning process is the right decision for you, it's ideal to take it gradually and as gently as possible.