Parenting Advice

Top Tips For Pre-Pregnancy Parents-To-Be

Nicola Wiggins | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola Wiggins

Right. Now you're paying attention, I'm going to relay the three things I personally wish someone had told me whilst I was working towards getting sprogged up. They are rather general, I grant you, but are meant with the sincerest of intentions and I hope they prove useful.

Raising Empowered Kids: The Ultimate Toolkit

Melody Pourmoradi | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Parents
Melody Pourmoradi

One of my favorite parts of being a life and wellness coach is the great privilege I have of showing our younger generations how incredibly powerful they are. My definition of a powerful or empowered child, is one that can use their mind to create harmony, happiness and success in their lives, whatever that may mean for them.

When You Just Can't Cope With Your Child Anymore...

Katie Woodland | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

The second thing you need to do is to stop listening to everyone else telling you that you did this, that, or the other thing wrong. You can't change the past (well unless you have a time machine and if you do then I'd love you to give me a call there's a few things I'd like to erase).

Help, My Son Is Quoting Donald Trump!

Richard Shorter | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Parents
Richard Shorter

"Build the wall" is a phrase that regularly rings out from my son - often in response to handling conflict with his siblings! "Son, please try and get on with your sisters", "No, I'm going to build a wall between us, just like Trump!" is typical of his flippant responses.

Parenting - Who Said It Was Easy?

Katie Woodland | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

In fact, give yourself a break, because not only are you trying to figure out what you want, you're also trying to figure out what another human being wants, when they don't even know themselves...

Language Learning Through Immersion - How Do Children Cope?

Cassie Pearse | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Parents
Cassie Pearse

For a variety of reasons, my family is currently in Merida, Mexico and our small kids (two and four) are in a local school where they are expected to learn and play in Spanish. Below, I document our journey from monolingual children to being in a position where we feel secure enough to leave our kids in an entirely Spanish environment.

To Three Or Not To Three

Hattie Harrison | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Parents
Hattie Harrison

This seems obvious right? but babies, toddlers and children are COMPLETELY different beings to one another. It's a bit annoying as just as you get the hang of the one hour rocking and blasting hoover noise into your babies face to get it to sleep then BAM here comes another baby with a morbid fear of hoovers.

Why Do We Choose To Have Children?

Lauren Vaknine | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lauren Vaknine

I don't disagree with my husband that there probably is within us a subconscious, animalistic desire to procreate. I think there is much more to it than that, and only after having a baby myself and going through that first tumultuous year of parenthood can I understand the real driving force behind why we choose to have children.

New Year's Resolutions For The Family

Jo Wiltshire | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jo Wiltshire

Parenting is tough but the most important job any of us will ever have. Sometimes we can pick up bad habits without realising it or let a few things slide - which is to be expected! I've included some top tips below:

Parenting The Millennial Generation

Sarah Zafar | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Zafar

However, today, there's an entire generation that's growing up with a feeling of lesser self-worth and self-esteem. Why? Because when they came up with problems as young children, they were given latest gadgets by their parents to'"solve' the problems instead of lifelong advice by their elders

Devices for listening to your baby's heartbeat at home: False reassurance

Helen Miller | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Miller

I urge all pregnant to think before you making a purchase. Midwives and doctors are trained to use these devices. For a health professional, listening to a baby's heartbeat needs to be understood along with the physiology of pregnancy.

Five Blogs Every New Mum Needs To Bookmark

The Huffington Post | Georgia James | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Parents

Becoming a parent for the first time used to be like turning up to your first day in a new job to find the whole office had gone on annual leave, leav...

Hitting The Reset Button For 2017

Jo Wimble-Groves | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jo Wimble-Groves

I am not really one for New Year's resolutions and who can stand the thought of the 'New Year, New You' articles filling my social media feeds. It is no surprise that one of the most popular New Year's resolutions is to lose weight. However, the NHS calculates that only one in ten of us sticks to our resolutions.

How Do You Say 'No' To Your Child Without Starting World War III?

Katie Woodland | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

In the parent training world this is the million dollar question (although unfortunately for my bank balance not literally). It's the number one thing I'm asked. How do I say no without starting World War 3?

Death Of The School Gate - How Can We Strengthen Parent Communities?

Susan Burton | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents
Susan Burton

This month, we've seen the UK falling again in the global Pisa rankings for both Maths and English. So just how should parents follow UK OFSTED guidance and increase "parental engagement" with their school and with other parents?

Meditation: The Practice Every Child Needs Now

Melody Pourmoradi | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Parents
Melody Pourmoradi

If you do nothing else in your meditation practice , make sure you breathe. I love the 5/5/5 sequence in which you take in one deep breath for five seconds. Hold the breath in for five second and then slowly release it for five seconds. The breath is our life force and is available to us at all times to recalibrate our energy.

What Is A Balanced Diet For Children?

Sarah West | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah West

As free childcare is extended, nurseries and pre-school settings provide an increasingly vital route to help get children off to the best start with food and nutrition. So what should hot meals and packed lunches be specifically based around, and which guidelines should parents and nurseries follow?

Supplements For Children - Are They Necessary?

Sarah West | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah West

However, many children aren't consuming balanced, nutrient-dense meals. Picky eaters and children with food allergies or intolerances often don't consume sufficient calories or are reliant on highly processed convenience foods, which are deficient in the vitamins they need to grow and develop.

Give Them The Greatest Gift At Christmas

Helen Miller | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Miller

It's not that I don't want to spend the money on them. It's that I think in the eyes of a child, innocent and simple, all that matters is that the are loved. Something every child has a right to. For me the day is about making memories to smile about and that doesn't cost a penny. Surely happy memories are the greatest gifts of all.

Perfect Parents Christmas Newsletter

Richard Shorter | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Richard Shorter

Before we begin, it is worth pointing out that by merely reading this letter you will undoubtedly be inspired to follow our example of parental perfection. This is completely normal and does not necessarily imply any inadequacies in your own parenting.

Slow Down, You're Moving Too Fast!

Katharine Hill | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

The light bulb moment came when I listened to someone giving a talk entitled 'Rhythms of life'. The speaker talked about the tyranny of busyness and the frantic pace of life that we lead, which not only takes its toll on us, but sucks everyone around us into our spinning vortex.

Those Early Postnatal Days

Helen Miller | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Miller

I'm a woman and a midwife. The two most natural things in the world I failed to do. In those early postnatal days, still adjusting to the sleep deprivation and hormones gone wild I wondered how I could be a good mother when I couldn't even get the basics right. The words 'I'm not good enough' preyed on my mind.

Taking A Toddler To Church: God Help Me

Georgia Mann-Smith | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Parents
Georgia Mann-Smith

I asked myself the same thing as we stumbled out of the church to the sound of my Godless toddler declaring: 'I gone toilet mummy, I no want it more Jesus'. The whole experience has got me thinking: how do you introduce a young child to the idea of God? Should we be doing it at all? And why didn't I just let the little boy keep the stethoscope, like a good Christian should?

Great Expectations Of Being A New Parent

Helen Miller | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Miller

For most of us, we change as people when we become parents. On the whole we grow and become better people. However in the transition period, that change in who we are, our identity, can cause great confusion. Once a confident and independent adult, you begin to question your abilities. Failing it appears, is not an option.

Seven Reasons Why Toddlers Ruin Christmas

Angela Corpe | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Corpe

There's one month to go, and I cannot tell you how often I've heard "Christmas is all about the kids". I'm sorry, but it isn't. My toddlers will ruin Christmas. Maybe once they're older we'll get a bit closer to the magical day promised by all the TV ads, as joyful, clean and well-behaved children unwrap their presents