Parenting Advice

How to Survive When Your Baby Won't Go the F**k to Sleep

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

You are probably going to get fat, have heart disease, anxiety and depression... Despite how bad you might feel, you are not going to actually DIE from lack of sleep. Chances are you won't even pass out. Some days it may feel like you have 'hit the wall' and can't go on but you WILL survive.

Five Fun and Easy Ways to Promote Self-Esteem in Your Kids

Emma Letessier | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Letessier

Research has shown that children who have a healthy level of self-esteem and confidence learn faster and achieve better academically than children described as having low self-esteem. There are a multitude of reasons why a child might suffer from low self-esteem but in general it's caused by the beliefs that they hold regarding their own self-image...

Why I Don't Want Kids

Maria Senise | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

I have a nice hefty dose of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and OCD. I can not fathom the worry I would feel if I were fully responsible for another human being that I created. I'd most likely have a nervous breakdown. Also, I'm terrified I'd pass on my mood disorders to my poor kid. No way, Jose.

Are All Children Compulsive Liars?

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Are all children compulsive liars? I'm waiting to find out. I know Anna is. I've had a few years to find that out. Iris' language is obviously only just starting to come out so it's hard to tell yet. She looks like a liar. Well she looks just like her sister so her reputation is already tarnished by association.

Why You Should Never Go to Waitrose When You Have Babies

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Emily-Jane Clark

In fact, some days I don't even feel sleepy any more. So I think I am ok. "I feel fine," I smile to myself sipping on my super strong coffee. "Today I am going to Get Stuff Done." And it is on these days I decide to leave the house. Big mistake.

'Too Scared to Talk' - One in Four Children Feel Unable to Share Worries With Parents

Andy McCullough | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy McCullough

If you believe in the importance of open dialogue with your child and want to show your support for children who have no one to talk to then upload the most awkward conversation you've ever had with your child on the hub today or click on the share buttons on the Awkward Conversations hub to take part.

Is It Possible to Enjoy the 'Good' Days When You Have Post Natal Depression?

Olivia Siegl | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

You tentatively get out of bed and as you take each ritual step into the nursery you realise that your steps are a little lighter and the quick sand you feel yourself walking through most days is now more like a muddy puddle. Your head feels, dare you say it "clearer" and the morning routine not as daunting.

What P-Word Do Parents Find Hard To Talk About With Their Kids?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Ostrich parenting unfortunately isn't going to work when it comes to talking to your kids about sex. A new study reveals that by the age of 12, th...

What Should We Be Teaching Our Children About Sex and Dating?

Brett Harding | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brett Harding

Do you remember sitting around the dinner table having "the talk" about the birds and bees with your parents? Or was it idle chatter in the playground when you discovered about sex? Then, as a teenager, who can possibly forget the crazy hormones, first crushes and first loves?

Three Things I Am Glad My Mother Never Taught Me

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

My mother never really wore make up when I was a child. She didn't spend hours in the morning putting her face on, straightening her hair or painting her nails. She never French plaited my hair, dressed me up in frilly clothes that I had to 'keep clean', threw me a mini-makeover party or bought me sparkly princess shoes.

Why I Still See My Friends - A Response to 'A Morning Grouch'...

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Going out with the kids or taking them to a friend's house is harder work than going without them. But it is also much more fun than not going at all. We love our friends. We enjoy their company. We aren't going to miss out on that because we are worried about pointy tables.

Surrogate Mother Addicted To Pregnancy Says It's A 'Huge Rush'

Barcroft Media | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most mothers-to-be get so fed up and tired by the end of their pregnancy, a common thought is: "Get it out of me!". But surrogate mother Tara Sawyer f...

Exams! From Mum's Perspective!

Janey Jones | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Janey Jones

I try to help them through in various motherly ways. Providing tubs for stuff relating to each subject, feeding them with Jamie Oliver steak sandwiches, roast chicken dinners, bananas, strawberries, blueberries and trays of home-made tiffin.

How to Survive Visiting Hours and Why It's Not Against the Law to Say no to Visitors Post Baby

Olivia Siegl | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

As heart-warming and as exciting showing off your amazing new bundle can be it can also verge on the exhausting and encroaching as you find yourselves overwhelmed trying to fit in everyone's visits whilst also wanting to cocoon yourselves in a world of just you, your partner and snuggles with the newest member of your family.

What's The Biggest Mistake Parents Can Make In Raising Their Children?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

You can read parenting advice books, download the latest apps and speak to experienced mothers and fathers, but in truth there's no preparing for the ...

I Want Mama! When Dads Get Rejected

Torsten Klaus | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

"I don't wanna play with you. I want mama. She is more fun than you, I like her best!" I'm sure many fathers have heard their children saying those or similar expressions. And even worse, often they come out of the blue with no warning, or any justifiable reasons.

Becoming A Father For The First-Time? There's An App For That

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

First-time father? Don't worry, there's an app for that. While you're surely over the moon at becoming a parent for the first time, there is (undou...

Surprise! I Don't Hate Raising My Kids

Jessica Shortall | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

So, fine. I do righteous indignation well - just ask my sister for examples from the zero to twenty years period, and my husband can take over from there. But this argument has been made, and made pretty well.

It Takes a Village to Breastfeed a Baby

Jessica Shortall | Posted 27.05.2014 | 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 16.05.2014 | 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 04.05.2014 | 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 02.05.2014 | 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 27.04.2014 | 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.