Parenting Advice

Nine Tips For Raising A Confident Girl

M Rafiq | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents
M Rafiq

As a parent, you can help your daughter believe in her full potential and build her self-esteem to navigate through life's trickiest moments. Here's what you need to do to build her resilience and confidence:

How You Could Avoid '13 Reasons Why'

Sarah Zafar | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Zafar

People have become more selfish towards their own needs, and less empathetic towards others. Instead of talking to each other when we sit next to a stranger, we think that it would be less awkward to gaze down at our phones and pretend we are too busy. The person sitting next to you could be hurting inside, yet you would never know because you did not try asking.

How To Help A Child With A Mental Health Issue

Katie Woodland | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

So, for all you parents out there - knowing how to support your child may just be the difference between their recovery and a further decline in their mental health.

Stop Yourself From Getting Triggered By Your Teen's Revision Behaviour, Part Two

Lucy Parsons | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Parsons

It's exam season. It feels like every time you speak to your teenager about how they're getting on with their revision you get into a fight. You feel out of control, you desperately want to support them to do their best and you're ashamed of how you're failing in your interactions with them.

Stop Yourself From Getting Triggered By Your Teen's Revision Behaviour

Lucy Parsons | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Parsons

What you need to do is visualise the kind of parent you want to be in exam season and start behaving in this way - no matter what you get back from your teen. Even if they don't thank you now, they'll see how hard you tried when they look back in years to come and start to meet you halfway.

A Millennial Approach To Co-Parenting

Sarah Abell | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Abell

The exciting thing is that when it comes to exactly how they divide or share roles, couples today are being much more creative and intentional about how they parent together. We need a new vernacular that better represents those couples looking to do things differently.

17 Top Tips For A Happier Life With A New Baby

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

A new baby is something really special, they smell gorgeous, are tiny and cute and they completely overhaul your lives for a while. It takes some to time to adjust to a new baby in your home, as you get to know them and they get to know you.

10 Things They Never Tell You About A C-Section

Stacey Oakes | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

My Caesarean was an emergency so I'm assuming maybe not every C-Section has the volume of people in the room as I experienced. To be honest I had no idea how many there were, but my partner said it must have been close to 15 people. That's pretty crowded for a relatively small operating theatre.

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

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.