Parenting Advice

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

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell/Tanith Carey | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

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 25.02.2015 | 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 18.02.2015 | 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 12.02.2015 | 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?

"I DON'T Want to Go Back to Work and I DON'T Care Who Knows!"

Olivia Siegl | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

I guess what myself and my mummy tantrum are trying to say is that rather than being strong and brave through it all, wouldn't it sometimes be a refreshing relief to admit how hard all parenting decisions are and how we bloody dread having to make them?

14 Things No One Tells You Before You Meet Your Baby

Anna Tyzack | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tyzack

You will have been warned about the sleep deprivation and have stocked your freezer full of food in preparation for the big arrival. But some things are left for you to discover on your own, after your've given birth.

Time to Tell the Kids That You Are Getting Divorced

Sara Davison | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

Telling the children is the part that many parents fear the most. The last thing that they want to do is hurt their children and it's a really difficult conversation to have as the consequences are life changing for the whole family. However there are some guidelines that will make it a little easier if you follow them.

How to Stop Feeling Tired and Feel Lucky Instead

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

She told me things would improve. She listened. And she never betrayed the fact that she was up to her eyeballs with needy people and their demands. She certainly never let on that this stingy pocket of time was the only time she had to herself.

Mums As Leaders

Catherine Davies | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Davies

All women want to be a great mum. Maybe a perfect mum? I did. I think my mum friends did. I definitely wanted to do things The Right Way and not The Wrong Way. Who would argue with that?

Dad Answers Questionnaire Intended For His 11-Month Daughter With The Right Amount Of Sarcasm

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Listen up day care, sending out cutesy questionnaires for a child who can barely grasp the etiquette of pooping is not a smart move. Why? Because ...

Nine Tips for Parents of Babies in a Neonatal Unit

Leigh Kendall | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

These tips include advice I was given, and things I learned the hard way while my son Hugo was being cared for. Having a baby in a neonatal unit is so stressful - I hope this helps other mummies and daddies.

My Husband Ignored My Cries

Lottie Daley | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lottie Daley

It's bedtime Sophie. You have to learn to self settle, otherwise you will be too dependant on him and that's not acceptable. You will never learn to be a cold and detached adult if he gives in and cuddles you. Sorry but its best for everyone.

Breastfeeding: The No Bullsh*t Advice All Mums Should Know

Olivia Siegl | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

So why oh why is it not this simple? Why do we instead feel so judged on our choices and like a 'failure' if we are not doing what is perceived as making the 'best choice' when it comes to how we feed our baby?

Dads, Here Is Your To-Do-List For This Year!

Torsten Klaus | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

Since I'm a father myself I can confirm this: time flies. It's such a precious time. And your children are only little once. Before you blink twice they've grown up and go their ways. You'll still be part of their life (hopefully), but it's nothing compared with the first years.

Christmas Top Tips for Single Parents

Octavia Holland | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Octavia Holland

Even though money can be tight and your children may not be with you for the whole holiday, there are plenty of ways you can create a special Christmas for your family. Here are some top tips for single parents this Christmas put together by our advice and information team.

Beyond Sacking Santa - How to Foster Gratitude at Christmas

Dannielle Miller | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dannielle Miller

As a parent of children who are fortunate to live in comfortable circumstances, I don't want to have to cancel Christmas or deprive them of the things they want. I don't want to make them feel guilty for having a better life than the many less fortunate children in the world. At the same time, I do want them to know that not everyone in the world enjoys the same level of comfort and security as they do.

What Happens to Your Relationship When You Have a Child

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

I can't tell you what happens to everyone but I can tell you what happened to me. And I can offer some reassurances too. It does bring you together. Probably in the same way as two people being held hostage are brought together. But that wasn't how it worked from the start.

How to Avoid a Toy Graveyard This Christmas

Ellie Widdowson | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Widdowson

Consider these ideas for memorable, educational and long-lasting gifts for children. Here are some gifts that you won't be taking to landfill in six months' time.

Anti-Bullying Month: Learning Resilience

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

November is anti-bullying month: with a rise in press campaigns and awareness around bullying, what is available to parents to support their bullied children, or to prevent their children becoming bullied?

Your Baby Is Manipulating You!

Lottie Daley | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lottie Daley

You take your baby to the toilet because she cries / you cry if you put her down for a second. Crafty, manipulative baby feels afraid, primary source of life is gone! Your baby's evolutionary built in survival safety mechanism is working, hurrah! This is a good thing.

The Great Expectations Caused by Parenting Books

Sinéad Fox | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sinéad Fox

When my first child was a small baby I collected parenting books, convinced that one of them contained the secret to a full night's sleep and a miracle cure for colic. They mostly lay unread as I was too tired to read them, but occasionally my husband or I would pick one up and pick and choose the bits that we could live with out of one and half-apply them in our exhausted states.

Dad's Parenting Technique After Catching His Kid Dating An Older Boy

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Since the dawn of time, kids have been trying to look and act older than they are. Most kids however, don't have a dad like Kevin Jones. When the ...

Why the HELL Is My Baby Not Doing This Yet?

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

When I came home from hospital with my first baby I became obsessed with everything being 'normal.' Is what my baby doing normal? Am I normal? Is this normal, is that normal?

So You Want to be a Parent?

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

Thus, my mother had always told me that I had to learn to love cooking before becoming a mum. Not merely to learn to cook, but to learn to love cooking. Her rationale is learning to love cooking is not merely about putting food on the table, but cultivating a mindset where there is a genuine desire to nurture and care for another human being.

The Only 10 Tips You Need to Be a Great Parent - That No Parenting Expert Will Ever Share

Siobhan Freegard | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Siobhan Freegard

More and more, I believe parenting experts and childcare gurus are a scourge on modern mums, with a combination of one-size-fits all, conflicting advice that creates expectations that we - and certainly our babies - can never live up to. This leads to guilt, anxiety or, in my case, even depression as I felt I was failing at the most important job I have ever done.