Parenting Advice

Dad Answers Questionnaire Intended For His 11-Month Daughter With The Right Amount Of Sarcasm

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Listen up day care, sending out cutesy questionnaires for a child who can barely grasp the etiquette of pooping is not a smart move. Why? Because ...

Nine Tips for Parents of Babies in a Neonatal Unit

Leigh Kendall | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

These tips include advice I was given, and things I learned the hard way while my son Hugo was being cared for. Having a baby in a neonatal unit is so stressful - I hope this helps other mummies and daddies.

My Husband Ignored My Cries

Lottie Daley | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lottie Daley

It's bedtime Sophie. You have to learn to self settle, otherwise you will be too dependant on him and that's not acceptable. You will never learn to be a cold and detached adult if he gives in and cuddles you. Sorry but its best for everyone.

Breastfeeding: The No Bullsh*t Advice All Mums Should Know

Olivia Siegl | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

So why oh why is it not this simple? Why do we instead feel so judged on our choices and like a 'failure' if we are not doing what is perceived as making the 'best choice' when it comes to how we feed our baby?

Dads, Here Is Your To-Do-List For This Year!

Torsten Klaus | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

Since I'm a father myself I can confirm this: time flies. It's such a precious time. And your children are only little once. Before you blink twice they've grown up and go their ways. You'll still be part of their life (hopefully), but it's nothing compared with the first years.

Christmas Top Tips for Single Parents

Octavia Holland | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Octavia Holland

Even though money can be tight and your children may not be with you for the whole holiday, there are plenty of ways you can create a special Christmas for your family. Here are some top tips for single parents this Christmas put together by our advice and information team.

Beyond Sacking Santa - How to Foster Gratitude at Christmas

Dannielle Miller | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dannielle Miller

As a parent of children who are fortunate to live in comfortable circumstances, I don't want to have to cancel Christmas or deprive them of the things they want. I don't want to make them feel guilty for having a better life than the many less fortunate children in the world. At the same time, I do want them to know that not everyone in the world enjoys the same level of comfort and security as they do.

What Happens to Your Relationship When You Have a Child

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

I can't tell you what happens to everyone but I can tell you what happened to me. And I can offer some reassurances too. It does bring you together. Probably in the same way as two people being held hostage are brought together. But that wasn't how it worked from the start.

How to Avoid a Toy Graveyard This Christmas

Ellie Widdowson | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Widdowson

Consider these ideas for memorable, educational and long-lasting gifts for children. Here are some gifts that you won't be taking to landfill in six months' time.

Anti-Bullying Month: Learning Resilience

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

November is anti-bullying month: with a rise in press campaigns and awareness around bullying, what is available to parents to support their bullied children, or to prevent their children becoming bullied?

Your Baby Is Manipulating You!

Lottie Daley | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lottie Daley

You take your baby to the toilet because she cries / you cry if you put her down for a second. Crafty, manipulative baby feels afraid, primary source of life is gone! Your baby's evolutionary built in survival safety mechanism is working, hurrah! This is a good thing.

The Great Expectations Caused by Parenting Books

Sinéad Fox | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sinéad Fox

When my first child was a small baby I collected parenting books, convinced that one of them contained the secret to a full night's sleep and a miracle cure for colic. They mostly lay unread as I was too tired to read them, but occasionally my husband or I would pick one up and pick and choose the bits that we could live with out of one and half-apply them in our exhausted states.

Dad's Parenting Technique After Catching His Kid Dating An Older Boy

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Since the dawn of time, kids have been trying to look and act older than they are. Most kids however, don't have a dad like Kevin Jones. When the ...

Why the HELL Is My Baby Not Doing This Yet?

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

When I came home from hospital with my first baby I became obsessed with everything being 'normal.' Is what my baby doing normal? Am I normal? Is this normal, is that normal?

So You Want to be a Parent?

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

Thus, my mother had always told me that I had to learn to love cooking before becoming a mum. Not merely to learn to cook, but to learn to love cooking. Her rationale is learning to love cooking is not merely about putting food on the table, but cultivating a mindset where there is a genuine desire to nurture and care for another human being.

The Only 10 Tips You Need to Be a Great Parent - That No Parenting Expert Will Ever Share

Siobhan Freegard | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Siobhan Freegard

More and more, I believe parenting experts and childcare gurus are a scourge on modern mums, with a combination of one-size-fits all, conflicting advice that creates expectations that we - and certainly our babies - can never live up to. This leads to guilt, anxiety or, in my case, even depression as I felt I was failing at the most important job I have ever done.

Dear Lactivist: I Am Not a Milk-Delivery System

Jessica Shortall | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

I am talking about a minority of breastfeeding advocates here. Most of you lovely people do not do what I am about to talk about. And "lactivists" are super important. And all of you - including the ones I'm talking about here - are amazing people who are working hard for women and babies.

Eight Signs You Were Raised in a Dysfunctional Family

Alexandra Massey | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

What is a dysfunctional family? Well, there is a huge span when it comes to the term 'dysfunctional'. It ranges from mildly dysfunctional to completely nuts. There is really no guide when it comes to determining how dysfunctional a family is but, for the purposes of this article, we are leaning towards the 'completely nuts' end of the spectrum.

Baby-Name-Gate: Why Keeping Mum Is Best!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

Welcome to the political minefield of naming your unborn child and then sharing your decision with the rest of the world before the baby arrives. So you think sharing your well thought out and carefully chosen baby name with your nearest and dearest is a good idea? Really?!

Motherhood - The Importance of Grabbing the Good Days by the Balls!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

For once the feed schedule you have tirelessly tried and beaten yourself up over when it failed, has started to stick giving your day some kind of shape. For once you feel like you have some control back. That your day is not just one long feeding session and that you have finally took a step towards some form of routine.

Help, My Child Is Lonely...

Alexandra Massey | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

I received an email last week from a parent who was concerned about her daughter: "...she's lonely and I don't know what to do. I heard her whisper to herself I wish I was someone else. I am distraught. How can I help her?"

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night (In Just TWO Years)

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

Establish a good bedtime routine. This is key to everything. Babies like to know exactly what to expect. So that they can do the exact opposite.

Do It to a Baby, It's Recommended, Do It to the Elderly, It's Heartbreaking

Jude Hurrell | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Hurrell

My elderly aunt was crying the other night. Quite a lot actually. She even made herself sick at one point. I rolled her to one side while I changed the sheet underneath her as quickly as I could. I didn't speak to her, look at her, hold her or offer her a glass of water. I didn't want to get her hopes up or let her think she might be cuddled or listened to. Was that OK?

Avoiding the Playground Mafia... Online

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

The other day there were simultaneous conversations going on; one about how their child's homework was too easy and the other about how their child's homework was too hard. And they weren't just discussing it, they were getting very worked up! They seemed to think that one teacher was either too lazy to set proper homework or thought their children were idiots.

Daddyhood - It's a Shit Fight for New Dads Too!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

No "Well dones you donated good genes", no "How are you feeling?" and no offers of advice on how to fathom out the bewildering world of fatherhood. Instead, they are left to figure it out for themselves, hope for the best and then get themselves back to work.