Parenting Advice

Why Parenting Needs Positive Thinking

Nicola Wiggins | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola Wiggins

I'm not the perfect mum - there have been ups and downs. But I don't want to look back at my blog in years to come and wonder if I was ever happy. Because I am. Writing events down commits them to memory. And I want to remember the happy moments. Don't you?

How Can Parents Help Their Children Prepare For Secondary School Over The Summer Holidays?

Georgina Masefield | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Parents
Georgina Masefield

As parents glimpse the imminent arrival of the summer holidays with a mixture of relief, exhaustion and gratitude, they could be forgiven for not wanting to dwell immediately on the next school term. But for parents with children due to start secondary school for the first time in September that probably isn't an option.

How I Helped My Kids Get Over The Death Of Their First Pet

Sam Allcock | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Parents
Sam Allcock

After prodding her and begging her to wake up, I overheard their conversation and ran to see what'd happened. Expecting the worst, I found them sobbing their hearts out and questioning why Mindy wasn't moving. Unfortunately, there was no chance of reviving her so I was forced to answer the one question that every parent fears when a child questions death... Why?

Eight Skills Every 18-Year-Old Needs To Become A Productive Adult

Quora | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Parents

An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers -- faculty, deans, advisers, landlords, store clerks, human resource managers, coworkers, bank tellers, health care providers, bus drivers, mechanics--in the real world.

The Mixed Up Life Of A SAHM

Helen Miller | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Miller

Life as a SAHM can be brilliant but it can also be monotonous and quite lonely. Playgroups are sometimes my saviour and often I want to go for me more than him, but some weeks I just want it to be him and me and then I feel guilty that I'm not entertaining him with other children.

Why We Take Our Kids To Celebrate Pride

Cassie Pearse | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents
Cassie Pearse

Last weekend we took our kids to celebrate Pride, as we do every year. When we told them what we were doing, our son, who is just five, responded with, "why do we always have to do adult things, why can't we do kid things sometimes?''

Why I'm Teaching My Kids To Become More Confident

Sam Allcock | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Parents
Sam Allcock

I'm sure I speak for many parents when I say the ultimate dream is to see my kids succeed in life. Whether it's encouraging them to pursue the career of their dreams or simply ensuring they're happy, my goal is to raise confident kids that are motivated to reach their own goals.

Parenting In Two Words: Swimming Lessons

Carrie Ladd | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Parents
Carrie Ladd

If I ever find myself in some sort of tv-quiz-show-tiebreaker-situation and I'm asked to sum up the trials and tribulations of parenting in two words, I have already prepared my series winning answer: swimming lessons.

Is It Ever Okay To Helicopter Parent?

Kylie Abreu | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Parents
Kylie Abreu

As I browse around a lot of the parenting websites that I often frequent. The term 'helicopter parenting' has come up quite a lot. At first I thought the term was quite funny and more tongue in cheek about parents who can sometimes be a bit paranoid when it comes to their little darlings. However, I quickly learnt that there was a lot more to it than that.

The School Gate Lie

Hannah Jull | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Jull

The mum that shouts, the mum that looks very busy and important, the mum that wears uggs, the mum that would never wear uggs - they are all just being mums on the school run, trying their best - and I don't know why we insist on taking it so personally and thinking it is about ourselves.

What Not To Do With Kids

Hattie Harrison | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Parents
Hattie Harrison

Sometimes us parents need to be cut some slack - a little time to shrug off some of that permanent upper backache and be given permission to sink back onto the sofa and relax. So voila! Here we are, permission granted, I give to you a comprehensive list of what to not bother doing with your kids. You're welcome.

How To Get Your Child To Sit Still When You Need To Do Their Hair

Beth Belshaw | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Parents
Beth Belshaw

You could literally be a hair-braiding ninja but if you don't prepare for the task at hand, you'll be no match for an impatient 5-year-old! Here are my six easy steps for getting that hairstyle done without all the fuss

Expectation V Reality. The First Week Back At Work After Baby

Deb Bunn | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

When you're pregnant people tell you that the love you will have for your child will be unconditional, but until you hold your baby in your arms you c...

Child Safety At Home - What Should You Consider?

Jo Wiltshire | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jo Wiltshire

That's it - they're on the move! All hands on deck. The moment your baby is mobile, even if it's only a roll or a shuffle, they are at risk of harm in...

Mum Guilt: How I Never Saw It Coming And Steps To Combat It

Katty Patterson | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Parents
Katty Patterson

I'd never considered it before.  Never read an article or been part of a discussion that addressed it.  I knew I was going to be tired, emotional, busy.  I was told a hundred times how I'd be tied to my sofa, wouldn't read a book for the next five years and how this was the easy part.  Never a helpful sentiment.

11 Things Parents Of Premature Babies Worry About (And Words Of Comfort)

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Parents

All new parents have a lot to fret about, but for mums and dads whose babies were born prematurely those worries can build to an overwhelming level. ...

Chicken Pox, How To Soothe And Reduce The Chances Of Scarring

Amanda Elias | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Parents
Amanda Elias

Here is what I did use. Her scabs were practically gone in a week, we're now four weeks on, and while she still has a few crusts in her scalp, her body only has the tiniest of pink dots left over, and as far as I can tell she has no indented scarring anywhere on her face or body.

Eight Reasons Why I Encourage My Daughter To Talk Back

Quora | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK Parents

If she has good reasons, I can change my mind about my decision, too. If not, I tell her why. She learns to think about an issue from multiple angles. And for me, hearing her side of the story also allows me to understand things from her perspective and things that I may have forgotten to consider

Building Emotional And Mental Resilience In Young Carers

Katie Woodland | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK
Katie Woodland

Did you know that there's 6.5 million carers across the UK (Carers Week, 2017), of which 700,000 of those are young?

Top Five Things Dads Of Toddlers Actually Want For Father's Day

Dan Flanagan | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents
Dan Flanagan

So if you want to surprise your old fella, with something that makes his little eyes light up like he has just discovered that the cure for male pattern baldness and midlife spread comes wrapped up in a Victoria Secret's Model catalogue, a flask of tea and a locked garden shed - then this is for you.

10 Normal Thoughts After Giving Birth

Stacey Oakes | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

Having a baby is probably one of the most life-changing events of anyone's life and although not everyone will experience the same feelings, these are common ones that I have experienced personally as well as friends and family.

Why My Parents Decided To Raise Me Without Rules

Quora | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Parents

We're all individuals, and this type of parenting was the one that worked for this particular daughter. My parents acknowledged that and acted accordingly, while, on the other end, I recognized their efforts and behaved appropriately.

How Do I Teach My Child To Have A Sense Of Urgency?

Quora | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents

My child was not taking this seriously, and the only way out was some tough parenting. The next time dishwasher was "forgotten", I just announced that the dinner is cancelled. Fully expecting me to bluff, the child was ignoring this. In about 20 minutes, when hunger pains were difficult to ignore, the child had to supply me with dishes and utensils.

Raising A Kid? Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Celine Bell | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

Ok, so some of this might not feel like small stuff, but I promise you it is. If little Jemima finds your secret stash of Jaffa Cakes and eats them all, aged 14 months, it doesn't condemn her to a life of obesity. If all the other newborns from your NCT class sleep in their cots from day one, and yours doesn't, it doesn't mean they'll still be sleeping in your bed aged 19.

Are You Letting Your Kid Take The Lead On Tech?

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents
Nicholas Shaw

Lock the doors! Don't speak to strangers! We all remember the rules our parents set when we were young to help keep us safe. But which rules should we set when our children go online? Even though we've been practicing the art of parenting for thousands of years, when it comes to digital, we often feel clueless about how to protect our children.