Parenting Advice

Pregnancy Worries the Second-Time Round

Deborah Pryn | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Pryn

Three years ago, when I was pregnant for the first time, all my fears were based on the unknown. How will I look after a baby? How do you change a nappy? Will I be able to breastfeed? How will I cope with hardly any sleep?

The Six Faces Your Weaning Baby Pulls - and What They Really Mean

Hattie Garlick | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Parents
Hattie Garlick

Weaning isn't anything to be frightened of. Neither is it a definitive, military operation, governed by strict rules and riddled with pitfalls and potentially calamitous consequences.

Baby Vests - Did You Know This?

Deborah Hitchins | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Hitchins

Maybe one of the best forms of advice is to throw that baby manual right out of the window. Listen to advice given and if it's not right for you then take it with a grateful pinch of salt. Wing it, your own way.

Toddlers All Sleep Through the Night - Don't They?

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Toddler sleep is much more complex than baby sleep in my opinion, because there is so much more going on in their worlds. The following are what I consider the top reasons for toddler night waking, but by no means is this list exhaustive.

The Benefits of Nap Free Days

Lucy Tomlinson | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Tomlinson

Yes you have read the title correctly, in this post I will be digging deep and finding some silver linings around the perceived dark cloud that is the end of your child's daytime naps.

Why We Need to Be More Tolerant of Toddler Tantrums

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

So why do toddlers tantrum so much? Quite simply because their brains are incredibly immature. On top of an immature brain they also live in a confusing world and most importantly a world that they have no control of.

It's Quality AND Quantity Time

Katharine Hill | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

For a number of years I swallowed the mantra that it is quality time, not quantity time, that is important. But the sobering truth is that although we can't always give our children quantity time, they need both.

You Are Not a Failure - Dealing With Parenting Put-Downs

Amanda Jenner | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Parents
Amanda Jenner

Recently, I've read a few articles written by parents who for some reason or another feel like a failure. They are not, they really aren't. And unsurprisingly these thoughts have come after they've been criticised for something someone else thinks about their parenting.

Unshared Parent Leave

Sophia Walker | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

A lot can happen in nine months, but even more can happen in a year. That's why the decision to take a whole year out to bring up baby was a no-brainer for me. When I heard today that only one in a hundred men have taken up paternity leave, I can't say it shocked me.

The Parenting Book Deemed "Too Real" and "Risky" to Publish - Writer Mum Hits Back!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 26.03.2016 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

So I have been sat here trying to think of witty/interesting/engaging ways to do this. However, after being sat here for the last twenty mins I've realised that I am in fact just searching for excuses not to make this post.

Seven Reasons Why Special Needs Parents Need to Vent

Alison Bloomer | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents
Alison Bloomer

When you parent a child with additional needs it comes with a unique set of daily difficulties and aggravations. These have a habit of piling up all too quickly and the urge to vent can be strong. We might hold back though, not just for fear of alienating all and sundry, but mostly because spewing out our emotions often makes us feel even worse.

Hey, It's OK

Susie Verrill | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Parents
Susie Verrill

It's OK if you can't remember things when people ask. If you're not sure what day it is. If you didn't hear what your other half said after four repetitions. If you find yourself staring at your laptop. It's OK if you get flustered. It's OK to feel overwhelmed.

Why Modern Day Life Inhibits Baby and Toddler Sleep

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Baby and toddler sleep problems are rife in society today, but has it always been so problematic? Did our ancestors struggle as much as we do? Here are six reasons why twenty first century life may be causing problems when it comes to baby and toddler sleep - and how to avoid them.

Mental Health Problem or Just Teenage Behaviour?

Katie Buckingham | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents
Katie Buckingham

Teenagers often respond to negative experiences with their friends, or boyfriends/girlfriends, in what may seem an over-dramatic manner. What we tend to forget is that this may be the first time they have had experiences like this, and they have not yet managed to, or are still in the process of developing coping strategies to use in response to these situations.

The Poorest Parents Can Give the Best Gift - the Gift of Play

Katharine Hill | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

Jean Piaget, the Swiss psychologist, was particularly interested in the role of play in child development. He demonstrated that play can be an effective vehicle for children to learn about their world. He would say, 'Play is the work of children.

The Child Who Asks Difficult Questions

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

Georgina (who is wired very differently from regular folks) asked me the very same question when she was four years old. On the eve of her fourth birthday, when we were preparing the party bags, the finger food, the hats and the balloons, she asked, "If nobody comes to my birthday party, will it still be a party?"

Five of the Best Parenting Tips I've Ever Heard

Dr Kathryn Weston | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Kathryn Weston

When I deliver talks and workshops in schools, it surprises me how many parents and teachers ask me what my best parenting tip is. Over the years I have interviewed many leading figures from the world of education and psychology, but a few 'golden nuggets' have stayed with me.

First Time Busy Mums Guide to a Baby: Week Four

Olga Levancuka | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

Arrange for your partner, husband or a reliable friend to look after your child for just an hour approximately. Feed your child, change their nappy and head out of the door to the nearest coffee shop. Enjoy a hot drink of your choice in peace.

Have Child, Will Travel

Sophia Walker | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

If you were to listen to all the advice that people offload on you when you become a parent, you would go insane. From 'sleep when baby sleeps' to 'don't buy more than you need, as you won't use it' - I'm glad I had the sense to override these tiresome tales of woe.

Making YouTube Safe for Your Child

Lucy Gill | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Gill

It's been a wonderful week or so surrounding Safer Internet Day (Tues Feb 9th). I've had great fun presenting talks related to this subject from digital parenting to apps and coding and particularly enjoyed listening to parents and the specifics of their digital struggles at home.

Dear Dad at Soft Play

Natasha Mahtani | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Parents
Natasha Mahtani

Dear dad, you look like a nice guy. You're well dressed, as is your kid. He came to you for comfort, he came to you for a cuddle, to tell you he'd been hurt. He wanted your reassurance, your love, your comfort.

Practical Advice and Encouragement for New Parents

Olga Levancuka | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

While it is natural for your darling or even yourself to be constantly obsessed with the baby, you want to spend some time together in a 'baby free' zone. When you do things you used to do together, just without talking about babies.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Why Some Babies Are Born With Big Hair

Dr Andy Raffles | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Andy Raffles

Like everything in nature, hairiness at all ages has an infinite amount of variation, and 99.9% of extreme hairiness or lack of hair is within normal limits. Most infants are born with some body hair, but often this is so fine and wispy it is hard to see.

Obama's Parenting Advice

Natasha Mahtani | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Parents
Natasha Mahtani

While I'm grateful for technology and the ability to stay in touch with friends who live on the other side of the world, I also believe phones are killing conversation. More importantly, I believe our children mirror us and if they constantly see us head down in our phones, it won't be long before they're doing exactly the same thing.

I Hate Homework!

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Parents
Carey Ann Dodah

I know I am not alone and parents throughout the country struggle with this very challenge every week. So here's the thing - I don't have the answers but am on the journey too with a dogged determination to overcome this biggest of hurdles and try to remove the pain from homework.