Parenting Advice

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.

Survive The Day With A Toddler And A Newborn

Hannah Jull | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Jull

We picked a bit of an inconvenient time to move internationally to a location with no support network. If you haven't made this kind of ludicrously-timed decision then you should let family and friends help when they offer. With the toddler or with the newborn or just for a bit of company along the way.

Six Words Every Parent Needs To Hear

Nicola Wiggins | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola Wiggins

That was, undeniably, the main thought running through my head in the first few months after my eldest, Little O, was born. That, and 'what the hell have I done', 'where did I put the sodding Sudocrem' and wondering when my downstairs would stop feeling like the aftermath of a nuclear explosion.

How To Teach Your Child Musicality

Joss Astle | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
Joss Astle

How can we harness the power in music, to help us on our parenting journey? How can we best use music to bond with our children, to share joyful moments, to play and to comfort? How can we teach musicality?

Why I Never Lose To My Kids On Purpose

Quora | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Quora

One day my oldest (10 at the time) asked me, "Dad, when will I ever win a game?" I replied with, "When you stop making stupid mistakes and learn how to play the game you will."

Lifting The Lid On Simple Steps To Improve Childhood Oral Heath

Sara Keel | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sara Keel

More and more health experts are concerned about babies and young children sucking from spouts or from no-spill seals, and say this sucking habit, (not to be confused with the breastfeeding 'suckle'), is implicated in problems such as rotten teeth and orthodontic issues.

The Secret Reason Why Your Toddler Misbehaves

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Have you ever wondered why your toddler does something, even when you've told them not to and explained why they shouldn't do it? Perhaps your two or three year old insisted on touching the oven door, even though you told him not to because it was very hot.

Are You Pretending To Be Something You're Not?

Cai Graham | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cai Graham

I used to dread going to parties - and when I did, I was terrified. I worried that people would laugh at me for being unpopular, a bad dancer, too quiet, too loud (you name it). I used to watch the different cliques; the sporty ones, the cool ones, the musical ones ... wondering when was I ever going to just fit in.

How To Stop Breastfeeding Gently

Vanessa Christie | Posted 26.02.2017 | UK Parents
Vanessa Christie

Weaning off the breast doesn't have to be an all or nothing event and it also needn't be a conscious parent-led decision. If you and your baby are happy the way things are, then you may consider continuing to breastfeed until he or she decides that time's up and weans themselves naturally. On the other hand, if taking charge of the weaning process is the right decision for you, it's ideal to take it gradually and as gently as possible.

Postnatal OCD

Stacey Oakes | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

I never really thought of myself as someone who suffers from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). I mean, I do weird things like never walk on the pavement cracks, run back to the kettle before it boils and clicks off and always have to beat the person walking behind me to the next lamp-post, but everyone does that right?

Shaking The Fear Of Breastfeeding In Public

Vanessa Christie | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Vanessa Christie

Breastfeeding out and about gets a pretty bad image in the news. All we tend to hear about are stories of mums being asked to leave shops, restaurants, swimming pools, libraries, public transport and so on.

All About Winning, Losing And Taking Part

Laura Krippner | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Krippner

My three children are all sporty. They run which means cross-country in the Winter and athletics in the Summer. My daughter plays netball, volleyball, hockey and rugby. My sons play rugby and football. They are all competitive in their various sports which spills over into other aspects of life.

7 Ways To Avoid Arguments At The Dinner Table, For Parents Of Fussy Eaters

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Parents

We all have foods that we aren’t that fond of, whether that is Brussells sprouts, broccoli, mushrooms, or coriander. But for parents of fussy eaters...

The New Age Mother

Diana Nortey | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Parents
Diana Nortey

We have the communities that we can physically go to and sit down with other mothers, or there are online communities that with a couple of taps of a button you can post your question or concern and within minutes you get so many replies and useful advice.

How To ACE Your Fears

Cai Graham | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cai Graham

The Fight or Flight fear is the one that we are able to recognise all too easily. Examples are - the fear of deep water or heights. This is the fear that protect you from 'harm' - it's your survival instinct. The warning signs are, tightening of the chest, quickening of the breath and that sense of panic.

Screw The Time Suckers - How To Juggle Everything And Still Achieve What's Important To You....

Lucy Griffiths | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Griffiths

When I was growing up, we had a timetable of classes that we had to stick to, now we have a schedule that we supposedly create, but really are often at the mercy of our children and partner's plans. How can we put the things that we really want to do in the schedule and make sure that we have time for us?

Your Self-Confidence Affects Your Child

Cai Graham | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Parents
Cai Graham

Building self-esteem doesn't always come naturally - which is OK. But I believe that just like learning a new language - it can be taught. This does not happen overnight - we just have to start and take it one day at a time.

The Benefits Of Getting Your Child To Do Chores - Raising a Successful Child, Part 1

Shola Alabi | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Parents
Shola Alabi

The fact is, it is not even the weight of the workload on your child that matters. What matters is that they learn that this thing is their job and they have to do it daily or weekly. When you look all these benefits of doing chores at home, it is easy to see how doing chores can help your child develop habits and qualities that will cause them excel in academic, business and career pursuits in later life.

Tools To Beat Bullying

Cai Graham | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Cai Graham

Bullying is all about an abuse of power. The bully gains their power by controlling and terrorising others. By removing that 'fear' the person being bullied can take back their control.

Parenting Through The Tough Stuff

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

Parenting through a mental illness is by far the toughest thing I have ever had to do. Dealing with postnatal depression after the birth of my second child was really tough and something I am still struggling with now 20 months later. On days I feel emotionally and physically weak, I still have to get up, still need to feed the children and still be a mum

How To Make The Most Of Parents' Evenings

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Carey Ann Dodah

This is the first important point though. Your children's teacher will always be available throughout the year to discuss any concerns or questions you have - you just have to ask and they will guide you.

Do You Suffer From 'Mum Guilt'?

Roxanne Louise | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Roxanne Louise

I believe as parents we are programmed to feel more guilt towards our children, it's important so we can love and raise our precious creations well. So, although it can be positive, the 'mum guilt' I have experienced in the past and still sometimes do now is RIDICULOUS.