Parenting Advice

Taking A Toddler To Church: God Help Me

Georgia Mann-Smith | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Parents
Georgia Mann-Smith

I asked myself the same thing as we stumbled out of the church to the sound of my Godless toddler declaring: 'I gone toilet mummy, I no want it more Jesus'. The whole experience has got me thinking: how do you introduce a young child to the idea of God? Should we be doing it at all? And why didn't I just let the little boy keep the stethoscope, like a good Christian should?

Great Expectations Of Being A New Parent

Helen Miller | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Miller

For most of us, we change as people when we become parents. On the whole we grow and become better people. However in the transition period, that change in who we are, our identity, can cause great confusion. Once a confident and independent adult, you begin to question your abilities. Failing it appears, is not an option.

Seven Reasons Why Toddlers Ruin Christmas

Angela Corpe | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Corpe

There's one month to go, and I cannot tell you how often I've heard "Christmas is all about the kids". I'm sorry, but it isn't. My toddlers will ruin Christmas. Maybe once they're older we'll get a bit closer to the magical day promised by all the TV ads, as joyful, clean and well-behaved children unwrap their presents

Four Things Every Parent Can Do To Ensure Their Children Get The Best Education

Lucy Parsons | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Parsons

Now I work as a coach helping students to develop their study skills so they can get the top grades in their exams. I'm also mother to two primary age children. Today I want to share with you 4 things that every parent can do to ensure their children get the best education possible.

Five Reasons Why Having A September-Born Four Year Old Rocks

Annette Demetriou | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Parents
Annette Demetriou

For years everyone has crooned about how lucky we were to have a September-born child. Statistics supposedly show that a September-born is more likely to succeed and be top of the class in school. Yay I thought, until this year.

Has This Mum Written The Best Or Worst CV Cover Letter EVER?!?

Olivia Siegl | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

So alongside my wondering if I can include my new skills of being able to breastfeed whilst changing a pooey bum and being able to pick up teeny tiny pieces of plastic crap faster than the speed of light onto my "updated" CV, I've also had to draft a cover letter for said "updated" CV.

Self-Employed? Work From Home? Family Suffering?

Shahilla Barok | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Shahilla Barok

I may be so much more conscious of this issue as a single parent, who is self-employed, runs a charity and has raised two kids 'single handedly'. My girls roll their eyes and mime at this line as it is much used, mainly in an aim to get people to see that if I can do it....anyone can, seriously, anyone can do this.

Tackling The Trolls: Protecting Children From Cyberbullies

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Nicholas Shaw

This generation never knew a world without the Internet. With near on constant connection with their peers, social media has taken a dominant role in school age socialising. But much of this is invisible to us as parents.

20 Things All Parents Should Teach Their Kids

Sarah Whiting | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Whiting

I sometimes wonder, whether, with so much information out there, do we fail to see the wood for the trees, and forget some of the other equally important lessons that we should be teaching our kids?

When Your Toddler Is Tougher Than You

Angela Corpe | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Corpe

I have two poorly babies. Nothing too serious - just the standard vomiting bug that rips through nursery as fast as mums head for a glass of wine once the kids are in bed. I only have one pair of arms though, which is tricky when both your children want to be scooped up in them all day long, not to mention back-breaking.

Does Having Children Make You Happier?

Izzy McRae | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

In times of turmoil, what better than to turn to the statistics. What do they say about children and happiness? At first sight, it's not good. Most of the data seems to indicate that having children makes you less happy.

Food Before One Is Just For Fun ... Fun For Who?

Angela Corpe | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Corpe

So who, exactly, is having all this fun with food while I'm daydreaming about burning my baby cook books while drinking neat vodka? Ooh, yes, fire risk, not a great idea ... red wine, I'll dream about red wine for now.

Black Belt On The Inside

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

There were times when it was difficult to watch and not interfere. Once, she was late because of us, her parents, faffing around. No excuses, she had to run a barrage of 20 students punching her. Till this day, I have not heard my daughter using excuses or blaming others once when things go wrong

Is It Easier To Talk About Willies Than It Is Vaginas?

Harriet Miller | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Parents
Harriet Miller

Despite his young age, I did recently find myself on thin ice in a situation that encroached far too closely to the subject for my liking. It was a few weeks ago, on our journey home from work/nursery, that the topic of boys and girls came up.

Don't Judge - I'm You In Ten Minutes

Ann-Marie O'Doherty | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Parents
Ann-Marie O'Doherty

The change came as a massive shock. Around 18 months my catalogue baby morphed into a raging toddler and it's been a game of catch up ever since! My try-anything eater suddenly became so fussy that we now have to sneak vegetables into her in the form of smoothies.

Going Viral

Frances Taylor | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Parents
Frances Taylor

I mused recently about how I always seem to be ill on my birthday and this year was no different. What started as a brief cold and the assumption that I was merely under the weather due to epic tiredness soon became almost a week of doing pretty much nothing

Snow Leopard Moments

Katharine Hill | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

In our children's lives there are so many snow leopard moments. I can understand that we may want to video their first steps, their starring role in the Nativity play, or their efforts in the final of the egg and spoon race on Sports Day, but sometimes the real place for those things is in our hearts and not on the camera.

Desperate To Fall Pregnant? I Know It's Hard, But Try Not To Stress It

Emily Street | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

But as a practitioner of complementary therapies, like hypnotherapy for fertility, it's my overwhelming belief that keeping your stress in check is vital for women either looking to fall pregnant naturally or for those who are going through IVF.

Autism Research Findings Provide Good Advice For All Parents

Dr Amanda Gummer | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Amanda Gummer

It is great to see results such as these that prove that interventions can work and have a long lasting impact on children and families suffering with autism. But it's also really important to point out here that engaged parenting methods, focusing on play and social interaction is beneficial for all children, not just those with autism.

Britain's Weirdest Pregnancy Cravings Revealed

Emily Street | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

I've heard it all, from ladies who tell me how desperate they are to drink blood to those who also end up with cravings for certain smells, like creosote on fence panels or for the aroma of their pet's feet.

Are You Crushing Your Child's Leadership Potential?

Stephanie Morgan | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Stephanie Morgan

Now, as the business community struggles with the long-term outcomes of helicopter parenting, it's become clear that the ideology of wanting better for our own children than we had has come at a price. In our effort to keep our children close and protect them, ironically, we might have damaged their long-term career prospects.

Why Your Baby Will NEVER Sleep Through The Night!

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

It is however a simple matter of fact. No baby sleeps through the night, they never have and never will. Ever. Similarly, no adult has ever, or will ever, slept through the night either. Why then is so much time and money spent on trying to achieve something that is totally impossible?

Toddler's Supper And My Path To Adoption

Deborah Sawyerr | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Sawyerr

For me the path to adoption was very similar, it took two years and one week from the initial meeting until the first day of introductions. In honesty it felt so much longer and this was within the new speeded up adoption process.

Surviving On Biscuits

Angela Corpe | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Corpe

I knew motherhood would be about choices. I just didn't expect it to be about THESE choices. In my head, the decisions I would make each day once my little ones arrived would be ones like whether we would go to the park or soft play? (Park if possible - you don't have to supervise other people's little darlings as well as your own there!) whether my daughter should wear pink (nope) and my son blue (yes, he rocks it!)

Problem Solving Tips When Flying With Kids

Carrie Bradley | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Parents
Carrie Bradley

When I first started flying with my little ones, I had several concerns, even though I was familiar with the aircraft environment. After talking to several parents, I realised many felt like me and they also worried. Here is a list of the main concerns and tips for overcoming them to have a stress free flight. We worried, so you don't have to!