Parenting Advice

Christmas Top Tips for Single Parents

Octavia Holland | Posted 18.12.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 31.10.2014 | 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 27.10.2014 | 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 24.10.2014 | 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 21.10.2014 | 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.

Dear Lactivist: I Am Not a Milk-Delivery System

Jessica Shortall | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

I am talking about a minority of breastfeeding advocates here. Most of you lovely people do not do what I am about to talk about. And "lactivists" are super important. And all of you - including the ones I'm talking about here - are amazing people who are working hard for women and babies.

Eight Signs You Were Raised in a Dysfunctional Family

Alexandra Massey | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

What is a dysfunctional family? Well, there is a huge span when it comes to the term 'dysfunctional'. It ranges from mildly dysfunctional to completely nuts. There is really no guide when it comes to determining how dysfunctional a family is but, for the purposes of this article, we are leaning towards the 'completely nuts' end of the spectrum.

Baby-Name-Gate: Why Keeping Mum Is Best!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

Welcome to the political minefield of naming your unborn child and then sharing your decision with the rest of the world before the baby arrives. So you think sharing your well thought out and carefully chosen baby name with your nearest and dearest is a good idea? Really?!

Motherhood - The Importance of Grabbing the Good Days by the Balls!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

For once the feed schedule you have tirelessly tried and beaten yourself up over when it failed, has started to stick giving your day some kind of shape. For once you feel like you have some control back. That your day is not just one long feeding session and that you have finally took a step towards some form of routine.

Help, My Child Is Lonely...

Alexandra Massey | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

I received an email last week from a parent who was concerned about her daughter: "...she's lonely and I don't know what to do. I heard her whisper to herself I wish I was someone else. I am distraught. How can I help her?"

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night (In Just TWO Years)

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

Establish a good bedtime routine. This is key to everything. Babies like to know exactly what to expect. So that they can do the exact opposite.

Do It to a Baby, It's Recommended, Do It to the Elderly, It's Heartbreaking

Jude Hurrell | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Hurrell

My elderly aunt was crying the other night. Quite a lot actually. She even made herself sick at one point. I rolled her to one side while I changed the sheet underneath her as quickly as I could. I didn't speak to her, look at her, hold her or offer her a glass of water. I didn't want to get her hopes up or let her think she might be cuddled or listened to. Was that OK?

Avoiding the Playground Mafia... Online

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

The other day there were simultaneous conversations going on; one about how their child's homework was too easy and the other about how their child's homework was too hard. And they weren't just discussing it, they were getting very worked up! They seemed to think that one teacher was either too lazy to set proper homework or thought their children were idiots.

Daddyhood - It's a Shit Fight for New Dads Too!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

No "Well dones you donated good genes", no "How are you feeling?" and no offers of advice on how to fathom out the bewildering world of fatherhood. Instead, they are left to figure it out for themselves, hope for the best and then get themselves back to work.

How to Survive 'Two Under Two' When You Are a Princess

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

"CAN EVERYONE JUST LEAVE ME ALONE SO I CAN GET DRESSED!" You shout. Loudly. Too loudly. The baby is now crying. You feel so guilty you given them two biscuits and read them a story in your top and underwear.

Learning To Let Go - Stressful Parenting

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

As a parent there will always be a natural need to protect them from potential harm or our past negative experiences, however in order educate them we need to let go...allow them to learn from the world outside of our control.

What Type of Mum Are You? Look No Further as It's Written in the Stars (Apparently!)

Olivia Siegl | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

As if there is not enough pigeon holing of us mums already, as we endure fellow mums, relatives, friends and the old woman down the street trying to shoe horn us into a motherhood "type". We now have the latest stereotyping on the mum block that is "Momstrology". Yes you read right ladies. "Momstrology".

Breastfeeding Confidential: It's Hard, It Hurts, and Everyone Should Know It

Jessica Shortall | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Whatever the reasons that we are being kept in the dark on the difficulties and practical how-to's of breastfeeding, it's time we take control of the dialogue. If you've ever breastfed, and have a pregnant friend, sit her down and tell her about the difficult parts of breastfeeding.

How I Told My Daughter She's Autistic

Emma Clarke | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Clarke

Telling my daughter she's autistic is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. She'd had the assessment, she'd been to the psychologist's office and she's not daft, she knew exactly why she was there; she'd read the posters on the walls. She'd have to know. I had to tell her.