Parenting Advice

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.

Parents, Ask Yourself: What Does a Good Job Really Look Like?

Katharine Hill | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

If you are a mum parenting with a dad, try to back off a little and allow dad to be involved. And dads, find ways to engage with the routine jobs - meal times, bedtimes, the school run - as well as the fun and games (important as that is).

Surviving in a House of Teenagers - Tips on How to Cope With Troublesome Teens

Heather Montoute | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Parents
Heather Montoute

I'm a mother to three boys - aged 26, 23 and soon to be 13. I'm also godmother to a beautiful 18-year-old girl for whom I assumed a motherly role when her real mum (one of my best and dearest friends) died three years ago.

Behind Babies Bedtime Behaviour

Kerry Secker | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Parents
Kerry Secker

Babies' bedtime behaviour can be very confusing and frustrating - mainly due to unrealistic expectations, conflicting advice contained in parenting manuals, and of course all the information available on the internet.

Top Tips for Surviving the Witching Hour

Reneé Davis | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

With the needs of three children to meet all at once, the time between my kids finishing their tea and falling asleep is often fraught in our house. Lets face it they didn't coin the term 'the witching hour' for no reason!

How to Help Your Children Stay Safe Online

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Parents
Nicholas Shaw

The internet is an amazing resource for children, but it can represent a worrying unknown for parents. We worry about what or whom our children may encounter online, and how we can protect them.

Video: How to prepare for the first day of school

Parentdish UK | Rebecca Gillie | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Parents

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Back to school: Perfect packed lunches revealed

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Across the country, thousands of parents are grabbing the Tupperware once again and sighing at the thought of what to fill it with for yet another t...

Homework: How to avoid the tears

Parentdish UK | Glynis Kozma | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Whether your child has been at school for two years or 12, homework can be the source of tears. And not just yours. Now that the new term is underway,...

What do teachers really want to say to parents?

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Schools invariably set rules for pupils but what if they could make some for parents too? In the interests of enhancing parent-teacher relationships...

Back to school: Am I the only one who misses my children?

Parentdish UK | Ursula Hirschkorn | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

It's that time of year again. Children up and down the land are being buttoned into stiff new school uniforms, slipping on shiny shoes, ready to be sc...

The New Kid: Advice If Your Child Is Changing Schools

Parentdish UK | Lucy Jolin | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

It's back to school time - but will your child be going back to the same school? Perhaps they weren't happy at their old school because of bullying ...

What do parents really want to say to teachers?

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Recently, we asked teachers what they'd like to say to parents. Now we've turned the tables and parents have had their turn! And before the teachers...

Back to school: Tips on buying a new school uniform

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

The sight of your child dressed in pristine and slightly too big school uniform for the first time might well bring a tear to your eye, but before you...

Laying Down the Guilt of Parenthood

Katharine Hill | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

Nobody knows your child like you - and nobody loves them like you. So listen to what we say, try it, but if it doesn't work, try something else. There is no one way to be a perfect parent - but there are a hundred ways to be a great parent.'

Three Essential Tools for Becoming a Better Parent

Reneé Davis | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

I'd like to share the three most useful tools that we've learnt along the way. As far as I'm concerned they are absolutely essential ace cards for all parents to have.

16 Things All New Mums Should Know

Jessica Brown | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Parents
Jessica Brown

Nothing can really prepare you for becoming a parent, books don't give you the low down on what really goes on. You get a whole new identity, a new name, a new body (yeah, thanks for that) and you just have to deal with it.

The A - Z Of Back To School

Parentdish UK | Laura Kemp | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Here's our tongue-in-cheek guide to going back to school - the good, the bad, and the why-did-you-have-to-remind-mes. Enjoy! A is for Arguing.A...

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Presume That the Kids Will Be All Right

Suzi Godson | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Parents
Suzi Godson

The shape of the family has changed immeasurable in recent decades as divorce, remarriage and single parenthood have become increasingly common. No one would wish to turn back the clock, but are we underestimating the impact that changing family structures are having on young men in particular?

How Often Do You Measure Your Child's Feet?

Stella Olojola | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Parents
Stella Olojola

In my mind, I was done with buying shoes for at least three months. My twins were both a size 5f at that time, and I just did not see their feet growing beyond that for a while. I was so wrong.

Parents Who Judge Other Parents

Sarah Pylas | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Parents
Sarah Pylas

As parents, surely we can all agree that we want the same thing - the best for our kids. And, that we all have our own style of doing things and children with very different personalities and needs.

Smacking Kids Should Be Made Illegal, Suggests UN

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Parents

Parents smacking children should be made illegal in the UK, a United Nations report has suggested. In the report, the UN stated the UK should put ...