Parenting Advice

How To Stop Your Child From Sucking Their Thumb

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Parents

One in every eight children in the UK (aged 7 to 11) has a thumb sucking habit, according to BOS statistics. So if you are a parent trying to stop you...

"Let's Talk Fractals, Mum!"

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

When my youngest child G was in primary school, the walls outside her classroom were display boards for pupils' artwork. She wasn't academic at that time (being a late reader), but with child-like enthusiasm and exuberance, she used to put a lot of work into art.

Where Do YOU Factor Into YOUR Pregnancy?

Lauren Derrett | Posted 16.09.2016 | UK Parents
Lauren Derrett

Imagine if everything in pregnancy was written in a way whereby you could equate all your baby's milestones as a massive, stonking, you're the bomb, preggo high five to yourself and your amazing body that has worked silently and unquestionably 24/7!

Perfect Parenting Isn't Good Enough

Sarah Ramsden | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ramsden

What encompasses a good enough mother seems to be someone who tries again despite failure - just like all those inspirational memes that flood your Facebook feed every day. So, it sounds like Winnicott has basically described each and every parent that I know

The Price Of A Happy Child

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

She is our much-loved youngest child and her passion is football. So we took the momentous decision to move countries for her. Her father gave up his well-paid job, and we moved into a simple, sunny house near the beach in Phuket.

Rochelle Hulmes Asks For Parenting Advice After Her Daughter's Pet Died

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Parents

Many parents think that buying a pet for their child is a great way to teach them about the circle of life. But, it always feels a little harder than ...

The Alternative Guide to Parenting

Anne Marshall | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Parents
Anne Marshall

Being a mother of four is not always easy, but it has taught me a few things.

Parenting Lessons Learned From an Unconventional Upbringing

Robin Sherwood | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Parents
Robin Sherwood

thriving families.jpg Ultimately though, despite some truly turbulent events in my formative years, there was always one constant in my life, and that was the unconditional love I received from my mother. I'm certain that this was the difference between me going completely off the rails as a teenager and the (I would hope) well-rounded, wise and emotionally developed person I am today.

An Olympic Approach to Parenting

Shakira Akabusi | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Parents
Shakira Akabusi

How many times have you sat down to watch the Olympic Games and thought 'I know exactly how that feels'? Not often right, but perhaps we as parents should. It struck me recently that parenting is actually not dissimilar to this sporting event, with numerous hurdles, sprints and relay's taking place all the time.

Fatherhood and Farming: Raising a Family in the Countryside

JB Gill | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents
JB Gill

Experience of the countryside is all about opportunity for me. It's a chance to look at life boiled down to its simplest form and better still, see things from a different view. Whether a career in the countryside is for you, or you just want to eat great food, one thing is for sure, understanding our environment is a good thing for everybody.

Will My Dog Accept the Baby?

Oli Reed | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

One of our biggest concerns before our little boy Sonny was born was how our jack russell Mario would take to him. The dog has had our undivided attention for the past 9 years and has effectively been our child, but with a few simple adjustments to his lifestyle he seems to have accepted the newcomer to his home.

Ten Things I Want To Teach My Son

Sarah Lawton | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Lawton

One of the things that weighs on me the most about parenting is teaching my son "life lessons". The things that I've learnt - slowly, sometimes painfully - that I want to somehow confer to him without him having to go through the same things I had to.

The Thought Process of Finding Out You're Expecting Twins

Ursula Brunetti | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Parents
Ursula Brunetti

When you've just found out that you're pregnant with twins the world goes silent for a few moments. It's like an explosion has just gone off in your brain as you deal with this new information. All you can see is the two blobs on the ultrasound screen. Your tongue won't move in your mouth and you can't hear what the sonographer is saying because that last word they uttered has literally blown your mind...

Daddy Daycare Diary: Home Alone for the First Time

Oli Reed | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

Today was a momentous day for me as a dad, because Gemma popped into the office for the first time since Sonny was born - leaving us to fend for ourselves. For an entire day! Here's how it went...

Surprising Things I Miss From My Twin Pregnancy

Ursula Brunetti | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Parents
Ursula Brunetti

It's all down to looking after other people instead of looking after myself... and that brings me back to the subject of pregnancy. When your whole entire job is to look after yourself so you can nurture that little life (in my case lives) growing inside of you.

Label the Action, Never the Child

Katharine Hill | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

We all wear labels from our past; some are easier to read than others. As parents we have an important role in shaping our children's character and bringing correction when it is needed. But as we do that, let's ensure that above all, what they hear loudly and clearly are positive words that will form their identity and build their character for years to come.

The Hidden Danger of Fake Tan

Amanda Elias | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

I'm not saying that everyone should give up their tan, if it's fake, safe and makes you happy then by all means, carry on. The same could be said about things like make-up and hair colour, as long as we explain to our young ones that it's all about creativity and having fun rather than it being a necessity to look good in society, why not. But as influencers to younger people I do feel we should be conscious of our actions.

What Lies Behind TV's 'Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator'

Jane Robey | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Parents
Jane Robey

Millions of TV viewers are currently seeing a glimpse of a hidden, private side of divorce, as BBC Two's 'Mr v Mrs: Call The Mediator' lifts the lid on separated couples trying to sort future arrangements.

Kids Becoming Increasingly Picky Eaters? Ten Ways to Gently Break the Cycle

Emily Leary | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Leary

A lot of fussy eating can be down to underlying worries or fears. It's vital you work to support and dispel those, rather than contribute to them. No two children are alike, of course, but these techniques have helped crack fussy eating for our family. And who knows, it might just work for you too.

Dear Dad

Judy Reith | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Parents
Judy Reith

I remember the sound of the tea in your throat as you swallowed it, and you said you remember that of Grandpa too. I remember wanting to be able to make tea for you, and wanting to learn to like tea so I could drink it with my daddy.

7 Reasons To Take A Staycation With The Kids This Year!

Scott Taylor | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Parents
Scott Taylor

Fancy an exhilarating holiday but Santorini is just a tad out of your budget? Tenerife not really to your taste, but you still crave fun and adventure? If so, then 2016 may be the perfect time for you to take a lauded staycation. No doubt, as every beach craving Brit would, you still have your concerns over what the UK can offer so I've picked out my top 7 reasons why you should take a UK staycation with the kids in 2016.

Childhood Obesity: Exploding Nightmare

Shakira Akabusi | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Parents
Shakira Akabusi

If parents can have such an impact on their child's well-being surely it's time more adults begin to take responsibility for their own health, thereby encouraging their children to follow suit?

The Inner Monologue of *That* Conversation

Sarah Lawton | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Lawton

Faaaaack! Oh I'm blushing now, why am I blushing? My ears are burning, I haven't gone this red since the wind blew my maxi skirt over my head at the bottom of the escalators at Oxford Circus and approximately 1349 people saw my arse and I couldn't get the damn thing to stay down.

On 'Bad' Mothers

Julian Vigo | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Parents
Julian Vigo

The irony of our experiences as mothers is paradoxical of course. On the one hand it is still assumed in society that we are biologically programmed to know everything from from how to raise children, wear stilettos, and have an innate appreciation of Hello Kitty.

Of Fussy Eaters And Two-Way Respect

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

My 60 kg 16-year-old daughter is strictly a carnivore. She eats greens under sufferance, namely to neutralise the acidity of the meat she eats. She of...