Parenting Advice

Dear New Mum, It's Okay

Zara Walker | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Parents
Zara Walker

There are many other things that I have done as a mother, that frankly are probably not cricket. Sometimes in order to stay yourself, with the smallest amount of dignity, you have got to make the best of the tools you have at your disposal. 

The Unwritten Rules of Toddler Dinner Time

Helen Wallen | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Wallen

Family dinner time is always such a calming, rewarding and frankly beautiful experience... SAID NO EXHAUSTED PARENT OF A TODDLER EVER. Perhaps, all we need is for a pre-schooler to break it down in an easy step-by-step guide for other toddlers looking to get the most from mealtimes while their mums and dads cry... (Or drink wine. Or something...)

21 Ways You Know Your Kids Are Drama Queens

Suzanne Peters | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Parents
Suzanne Peters

There is one subject that my kids need to do no work for, no preparation, no homework - and they are still world experts. That subject is drama. Not in school, but in life. Are your kids the same? Here's my checklist...

Six Ways of Raising Employable Kids

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

These unemployed youngsters often have the much-coveted, sometimes expensive degrees, yet employers are not beating a path to their front door trying to hire them. I am not an economist, so I cannot make pronouncements about government policies, the economy and other factors that may cause the situation.

Child-Raising: the Success-Happiness Correlation

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

We have brought up five kids, my children's father and I. I had my first child whilst I was still at school, and the others came in rapid succession when I was at University. Of course, we didn't have maids.

A Father's Guide to Fighting Sleep Deprivation and Stress

Karl Young | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Parents
Karl Young

Fatherhood brings many challenges: dirty nappies, a depleted social life and a messy house to name just a few. But two of the toughest challenges a father will have to deal with is their lack of sleep and high stress levels.

Living With Loss

Libby Martin | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents
Libby Martin

It's hard to explain but I feel like a parent. I wake up every morning thinking of Beatrice. She is the last thing I think of before I go to sleep. I talk to her. I am proud of her. When she entered this world, my outlook on life changed forever; I became a different person. That's what happens when you become a parent...

Things All First Time Parents Worry About

Susie Verrill | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Parents
Susie Verrill

You can prepare for nearly everything these days. You can revise, plan, organise, the lot. Only, annoyingly, one of the things you can't prepare for is, oh... just one of the biggest moments of your life.

'My Mummy, Not Yours!' - An Open Letter to Kate Middleton About Introducing a Sibling to a Precious First-Born

Samantha Simmonds | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Parents
Samantha Simmonds

The experience with your first born is absolutely unique and the time so precious. It's only when the next one arrives that it really sinks in that you will never have the same level of relative calm or one-on-one time with either of your little ones again.

The A to Z of Sleep-Deprived Parenting

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Parents
Emily-Jane Clark

Arm Roll & Release: The nerve-wracking manoeuvre used by parents in order to remove their arm from under a sleeping baby.

How to Get Wrinkles You'll Actually Want!

Katy Wright | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Parents
Katy Wright

It is no surprise that these days often come after you have been up ALL night because one of them wet the bed and the other one randomly burst into song at 4am. You may have been dealing with choppers coming through, unstoppable projectile vomit, raging temperatures or night terrors.

What Happens When Your Teenage Daughter Tells You She Has A Boyfriend

Amy Treasure | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Parents
Amy Treasure

So she comes home from school and casually drops it into our 'how's your day gone' conversation. The conversation we have every day. Except this isn't about the funny thing that happened in maths or that she sang a solo in the choir. This is about a boy, 'the boy' the one she likes and I can tell she's smitten.

Five Ways How I Lost My Mama Joy... and How I Got It All Back!

Victoria Leith | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

No matter how you come about being a parent (through your body, through fostering and adoption) and no matter how you gave birth (natural, with drugs, no drugs, 'wish I'd had drugs', C-section) I am pretty sure we will all agree: this is a 24/7 job.

Why I Will Always Be a Foster Child

Victoria Leith | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

I invited my foster parents to my wedding - I felt it was so important for them to be there. They came and again, when I saw them, it felt so strange as I only recognised them from photos, not having proper physical memories... yet the connection was so strong.

Am I a Heartless Biatch?!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

I hate to admit it but as the second baby came along, delivering us with two Tiny Humans under Two, which, as grateful as we are for them, they have filled every corner of our lives, minds and pre occupations squashing me and thee to the other sides of our new universe, with no time to spare and no spare energy to spare for each other.

Mums Reveal The Weirdest Things They've Found In Teenagers' Bedrooms

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents

After the penis beaker fiasco, we thought Mumsnet wouldn't get any weirder. But then all sorts of stuff happened. Now they've started chatting about a...

Keeping Kids Entertained at Your Wedding...

Simon Glazin | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Glazin

Let's be honest, when it comes to the issue of kids at your wedding (with the exception of your own...at a push), every bride dreads the possibility that they may have to endure screams throughout the all-important ceremony, or food fights during the speeches.

When It's Time to Plan Less and Surrender More

Michaela Horan | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michaela Horan

If having kids has taught me anything, it's the utter unpredictability of any given moment. Unwittingly they have taught (or forced - depending on the day) me to accept that I am not entirely in control.

When Housework Gets Profound

Michaela Horan | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michaela Horan

Like a spot that's ready to be burst, or the scum that rises to the surface when you cook lentils (feel free to insert your own more appealing metaphor here) when you start working on your self, the issues that have been holding you back will make themselves known to you.

The Best Mum in the World - Really?

Judy Reith | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Judy Reith

You would think I had asked them to tell the person next to them how often they have sex. Speaking up about your parenting ability is just not something parents find easy. Had I asked them to talk about what they get wrong as a parent, they would never shut up.

What The Hell Happened to Children's Birthday Parties?

Rebeca Plantier | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rebeca Plantier

From pony rides to Olympian-hosted gymnastic extravaganzas, how have children's parties become about the "biggest", "best", and "most" rather than having good old-fashioned fun with the actual birthday kid?

How To Build A Healthy, Resilient Young Girl (Who Isn't Bitchy)

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell/Tanith Carey | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents

A lot of the conversations we're encouraging in HuffPost UK Lifestyle's Women's Month, are around the identity of adult women and the challenges facin...

The Best Piece of Parenting Advice I Was Never Given

Michaela Horan | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michaela Horan

Sure there's a ton of advice about naughty steps, and controlled crying, and potty training, and teaching phonics. But less about the need to "breathe through" the more unmanageable aspects of parenting, which are often messy, noisy, relentless, chaotic, and/or publicly shaming.

Children With Mental Health Problems Told By Parents: Don't Get Help.

Alexandra Massey | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

We need a new policy from government level down if we are to catch these vulnerable children before they fall. As shocking as these figures are, we haven't got time to re-educate parents into being more honest with themselves.

Why My Mother's Death Made Me Write a Book on Parenting Girls

Judy Reith | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Judy Reith

When my mum died after a long fight with Alzheimer's, grief threw me an opportunity to consider her legacy to me, and my three daughters. A friend said to me, "We all leave our shadow behind". So what is my mum's shadow? What will mine be to my darling daughters so they have what they need to thrive in the modern world?