Parenting Advice

Sibling Rivalry - it's in the Genes

Dr Helen Driscoll | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK
Dr Helen Driscoll

Petty fights in the back of the car, temper tantrums over the possession of a favourite toy, irrational jealousy over who is the family favourite - squabbling brothers and sisters have infuriated parents for generations.

"Where's Your Face Mummy?"

Emma Porcelli | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Porcelli

Modern technology is everywhere. I rarely read magazines because I read all articles I want to on my phone. What is the difference if a child sees a book on a screen? I am sure we are capable of makin

Cyberbullying: A Parent's Guide to Prevention

Vicki Marinker | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Tech
Vicki Marinker

This week is Anti-Bullying Week so I've been hunting around on the internet (safely obvs) to find the best advice about how to prevent, and deal with bullying - particularly cyberbullying.

Eight Home Truths I'd Go Back and Tell Myself as a New Mum

Katie Gregory | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Parents
Katie Gregory

In short, I was an idiot. And three years on - sat on the same sofa while my kids take a rare nap at the same time - I can't help but wish someone had taken me aside to explain a few home truths. Granted, I probably wouldn't have listened. But here's what I wish I could go back and tell that new mum on the sofa...

Let's Be Frank - How It Pays to Choose a Traditional Name for Your Baby

Sophie McCorry Day | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Parents
Sophie McCorry Day

Start considering options and noting them down midway through your pregnancy; ensure your partner does this too if you want to make a united decision. And even if they sweetly say, "It's up to you, love" don't buy it - you'll have to put up with the way they flinch every time they say it if your choice is duff.

How to Juggle the Half-Term

Jeff Brazier | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Am I the only parent that can't believe how quickly this half term has come along?! I'm sure you've all been settling into your routines again after the lengthy summer holiday and now it's time to have that routine dashed so we can go back to wearing the occasional hat that requires us to become an entertainer, a taxi driver or a referee depending on how many you have and what ages they are. I can snigger slightly at myself here, with two of a similar age I actually fit into all three but sadly, in reverse order!

Lost Libidos, Awkward Sex and Fertility Windows

Ella Mathews | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ella Mathews

Over the past couple of years, a combination of chronic pain, work-related stress, feeling miserable and all the associated medications have destroyed my libido. Obliterated it even, like sexual napalm.

Raising Happy Children

Professor Ewan Gillon | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents
Professor Ewan Gillon

Every parent wants their child to grow up to be a happy and confident adult so it's a sobering thought that half a million children in the UK are dealing with anxiety or depression. These issues can often develop as a result of low self-esteem, and the impact of social media on youngsters' self-confidence is being widely debated as a result.

SMA's Careline Is The Easy Way To Get Advice On Any Baby Issue - No Matter The Time Of Day

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Parents

When you're busy looking after a new baby, it's easy to forget that you also need some looking after yourself. New mothers have plenty on their pl...

Welcome To The Amazing - And Confusing - World Of Parenting. SMA® Baby Club Is Here To Help...

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents

When you become a parent, a whole new world – wondrous, exhilarating, confusing and scary – opens up to you and becomes your everyday reality. ...

Screen Time to Teen Time: How the Parenting Toolkit Keeps Evolving

Jo Nilsson | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents
Jo Nilsson

At home our parenting toolkit on technology has been around 'set times' for access and a ban at mealtimes and bedtimes. Indeed we seem to be in the majority there with 80% surveyed saying they don't allow screens at bed time and 67% removing them at meal times.

Are You Passing on Your Own Fears and Phobias to Your Children?

Heather Montoute | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Parents
Heather Montoute

When we have children, we need to be very careful about how we react when we're in their presence because we will invariably pass on our fear to them.

The Three Little Pigs and Their Mobile Devices

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Parents
Nicholas Shaw

Once upon a time, there lived three little pigs. As the little pigs grew older they each decided to build a home for themselves, and when they left home they were given a smartphone and tablet each.

Baby Sign Language - Yes or No?

Jessica Brown | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Parents
Jessica Brown

I started chatting to other mums about baby signing, it really appealed to me as I listened to stories of how they communicate with their babies/ toddlers. The idea of being able to understand (even on a very basic level) what my daughter needs/ wants excited me.

Snow White and the Strong Password

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Parents
Nicholas Shaw

Just as the seven dwarves keep Snow White safe from her wicked stepmother, it's important to teach children how to protect personal information online, by making sure their passwords are strong and private.

Appreciate These Days With Your Kids - The Look That Says it All

Aimee Foster | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Parents
Aimee Foster

It's the look that says, I remember the days when my house was full of dirty dishes, toys, children's artwork, muddy footprints, clutter and mess. I remember the noise being at such a level that I couldn't hear myself think.

Me, Me, Me

Emma Porcelli | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Porcelli

In all the turmoil though, it is so important to have time out. As a person, it is your basic right to have a bit of time to yourself. Self-importance and well-being are vital in being a good parent. If you are frazzled, the household will be frazzled. Kids sense tension and will just play up more. It is a vicious circle.

Parents, Ask Yourself: What Does a Good Job Really Look Like?

Katharine Hill | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

If you are a mum parenting with a dad, try to back off a little and allow dad to be involved. And dads, find ways to engage with the routine jobs - meal times, bedtimes, the school run - as well as the fun and games (important as that is).

Surviving in a House of Teenagers - Tips on How to Cope With Troublesome Teens

Heather Montoute | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Parents
Heather Montoute

I'm a mother to three boys - aged 26, 23 and soon to be 13. I'm also godmother to a beautiful 18-year-old girl for whom I assumed a motherly role when her real mum (one of my best and dearest friends) died three years ago.

Behind Babies Bedtime Behaviour

Kerry Secker | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Parents
Kerry Secker

Babies' bedtime behaviour can be very confusing and frustrating - mainly due to unrealistic expectations, conflicting advice contained in parenting manuals, and of course all the information available on the internet.

Top Tips for Surviving the Witching Hour

Reneé Davis | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

With the needs of three children to meet all at once, the time between my kids finishing their tea and falling asleep is often fraught in our house. Lets face it they didn't coin the term 'the witching hour' for no reason!

How to Help Your Children Stay Safe Online

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Parents
Nicholas Shaw

The internet is an amazing resource for children, but it can represent a worrying unknown for parents. We worry about what or whom our children may encounter online, and how we can protect them.

Video: How to prepare for the first day of school

Parentdish UK | Rebecca Gillie | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Parents

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Back to school: Perfect packed lunches revealed

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Across the country, thousands of parents are grabbing the Tupperware once again and sighing at the thought of what to fill it with for yet another t...

Homework: How to avoid the tears

Parentdish UK | Glynis Kozma | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Whether your child has been at school for two years or 12, homework can be the source of tears. And not just yours. Now that the new term is underway,...