Parenting Advice

It Takes a Village to Breastfeed a Baby

Jessica Shortall | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

I'm ready to stop because I work full-time, which means I have to make time to pump breast milk during every single work day, and this is not easy. In the past year, I've been on a dozen business trips, which involve incredible planning and logistics to leave enough milk at home, and to pump and travel with dozens of ounces of milk.

When We Turn Kids Into Praise Junkies

Torsten Klaus | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

Why on earth are we using rewards? Is it the way we were conditioned as children? Always dependent on praise and positive judgements from our parents, teachers, friends - and later on in life, partners and bosses. And what happens to us when we don't get that praise? How do we feel then?

Parental Appreciation and Existentialism

Daniel M. Cooke | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel M. Cooke

I inherently dislike my own birthdays as they serve primarily as a gentle reminder that I will at some point not exist. This fact scares me no-end despite the many hours a day I put aside to contemplate it. Fortunately these hours coincide roughly with the many hours I naturally put aside for contemplating issues of metaphysical scale anyway, so my existential calendar is not entirely full...

In Six Weeks Time It Will All Have Changed - Reassuring Advice for All Parents

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

I don't tend to get much advice from my grandfather these days. However I did get some from him recently. Which is odd. And not just because he died in 1999. It was odd because the advice was about caring for a baby. This is not a task with which I associate him.

Three Reasons Why Having Cats Doesn't Prepare You for Having Children

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Don't be downhearted if you are a cat owner and haven't had children yet. I suppose there are some things that cats do that may help prepare you for children. Sometimes they shit on the carpet. Sometimes they piss in the kitchen. And sometimes they stay out all night and come home pregnant...

How to Beat the Winter Blues

Cat Williams | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Williams

During February we can often feel low, the weather is dreadful and Spring might feel a long way away. What is the secret of feeling calmer and happier despite the trials of this time of year?

Are We Stealing Our Children's Memories?

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Maybe I'm overreacting. Maybe they will actually just have a lovely record of their childhood. Maybe I'll get a virus on the computer and lose all the photos and won't have to worry about it anymore.

Why Your Children Won't Go to Bed

Trevor Holland | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Trevor Holland

I know many parents and one of their most common complaints is that they struggle to get their children to go to bed. Apparently, it's a constant power struggle, in which the parent is rarely the victor.

The Day I Found My Voice: Becoming the Father My Family Needed

Steve Edwards | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Edwards

There were nights the crying got so bad, I hoped my son would stop breathing altogether. There were worse nights than that. And the guilt I felt- for those thoughts, and for my inability to help my son- further fuelled my suffering. I felt as though I deserved to hurt. Then one day in our son's second year, my wife convinced me that we should take him to the clinic...

Saying "No" to Your Children Is One of the Best Gifts You Can Give Them

Liberty Forrest | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

If children are taught that the world revolves around them, they're in for a pretty harsh bunch of lessons just as soon as they start leaving the nest and dealing with real people outside the over-protective walls of their homes.

How I Avoid Pay Rate Awkwardness with Babysitters

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

The problem is, you have been so preoccupied with the planning of this special event that you have overlooked one or two practical issues... what to pay her and what food you should have in your pantry for her and the children to rummage through (I mean, isn't that what babysitting is all about?!)

Locked Out: Why Modern Business Needs to Become More Inclusive

Andrew Millard | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK
Andrew Millard

From April 2015, the Government intends to introduce shared parental leave, allowing new parents to choose how they share a year's worth of leave after the birth of their child...

A Diary of a Mum-To-Be: The First Trimester, Stress and a Ticket to the Baby Show

Louisa Daniels | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

For the past three months I have spent most of my time horizontal on a sofa, feeling truly grim; nausea and lethargy, of the extreme variety, has left me completely drained and somewhat miserable. Want to know why? It is the 'miracle' of pregnancy.

Is It Time to Take an iSiesta?

Steph Weller | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Steph Weller

Seriously, Mr Cameron, can this be a law? I'm sure a siesta Bill can be passed. Let's look at the benefits for a moment: power naps = more productive brain activity, it makes us happier, healthier, reduces stress, which in turn is good for our cardiovascular systems - less strain on the NHS.

Back To School: A Parent's Guide to the Playground

Leigh Clark | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Clark

I hate school. I'm 37 years old but have to go to school twice a day to take/collect my children. The playground contains my two least favourite things in the world en masse; parents and other people's children. 

Stand Up Straight, Tuck Your Shirt In and Try Not to Cry...

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carey Ann Dodah

The first day at school is one of the most memorable times in your life - for both child and parent - but it doesn't need to be the harrowing and heart-wrenching moment that you may expect it to be.

Lost Your Sense of Self Since Having Children Post-divorce?

Suzy Miller | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Miller

It can sometimes feel all encompassing and as though you've lost your individuality when you have this role. This feeling can be particularly acute when you have been through divorce or family breakup

The Joy of Boys: What to Expect When You're Expecting a Prince

Emma Jenner | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Jenner

Raising a boy has its own particular joys and challenges. Duchess Kate and Prince William have some experience looking after younger brothers James and Prince Harry, but being a parent is entirely new. Here are some of the things that new parents of sons have to look forward to.

Books Rated Best Way to Raise 'Tricky Topics'

Andy McCullough | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andy McCullough

We recently conducted a survey amongst parents to see which resources they tend to turn to help them broach tricky topics such as running away, bullying, death etc. with their children. The new research revealed that parents like using prompts such as books, magazines, TV storylines and websites to help them talk to their children about these 'tricky topics'.

Car Travel With Children - Five Ways to Keep the Kids Amused

Ben Whitmarsh | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Whitmarsh

For a family car, the annual summer holiday is perhaps the biggest test it can undergo. Not only does it have to put in the extra mileage, but it does so whilst being rigorously poked, prodded, and abused by children who care not a jot for the cars resale value. Perhaps the best way to avoid this kind of scenario is by keeping children occupied on a long journey.

Five Things to Do When You Are Having a Mummy Meltdown!

Susie McBeth | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Susie McBeth

Frustration is a word that all parents are very familiar with and being a paragon of patience and cuddly understanding on days like these can stretch that word to its fullest. It is also on days like these that I am just grateful that I can keep smiling and not end up rocking backwards and forwards while sobbing in the corner.

Barry White Spider

James Conmy | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

I will admit to having two phobias: Barry White & spiders. To this day I am haunted by the words of a local radio DJ who proclaimed: "Ah that was the smoooooth smooooth sounds of Mr Barry White, I'm sure you'll agree - he really does make love to your ears."

The Parental Guilt Trip

Amanda Prowse | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

I think it should come with your Bounty Pack - a certificate of remorse, just you know that you are a fully paid up member of the 'I feel soooo guilty club.' No one told me that growing a human would give me automatic membership, but it did.

Seven Ways Festival Season Prepares You for Parenthood

Kirsty Smith | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Smith

Going to festivals and staying up for three consecutive nights might on first glance not seem the best preparation for starting a family but there are definitely some benefits to be had from rolling around a field smelling of day old cider.

Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Pokémon: A Parental Tale of Teenagers

Amanda Prowse | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

My boys are sixteen, but I still think they are four. Last Friday morning, they were discussing cricket scores and 'A' level options and I kid you not, by 2AM the following morning, they had discovered sex and booze and rock 'n' roll, or whatever the equivalent of rock 'n' roll is nowadays.