Parenting Advice

Video: How to prepare for the first day of school

Parentdish UK | Rebecca Gillie | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Parents

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Back to school: Perfect packed lunches revealed

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Across the country, thousands of parents are grabbing the Tupperware once again and sighing at the thought of what to fill it with for yet another t...

Homework: How to avoid the tears

Parentdish UK | Glynis Kozma | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Whether your child has been at school for two years or 12, homework can be the source of tears. And not just yours. Now that the new term is underway,...

What do teachers really want to say to parents?

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Schools invariably set rules for pupils but what if they could make some for parents too? In the interests of enhancing parent-teacher relationships...

Back to school: Am I the only one who misses my children?

Parentdish UK | Ursula Hirschkorn | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

It's that time of year again. Children up and down the land are being buttoned into stiff new school uniforms, slipping on shiny shoes, ready to be sc...

The New Kid: Advice If Your Child Is Changing Schools

Parentdish UK | Lucy Jolin | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

It's back to school time - but will your child be going back to the same school? Perhaps they weren't happy at their old school because of bullying ...

What do parents really want to say to teachers?

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Recently, we asked teachers what they'd like to say to parents. Now we've turned the tables and parents have had their turn! And before the teachers...

Back to school: Tips on buying a new school uniform

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

The sight of your child dressed in pristine and slightly too big school uniform for the first time might well bring a tear to your eye, but before you...

Laying Down the Guilt of Parenthood

Katharine Hill | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

Nobody knows your child like you - and nobody loves them like you. So listen to what we say, try it, but if it doesn't work, try something else. There is no one way to be a perfect parent - but there are a hundred ways to be a great parent.'

Three Essential Tools for Becoming a Better Parent

Reneé Davis | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

I'd like to share the three most useful tools that we've learnt along the way. As far as I'm concerned they are absolutely essential ace cards for all parents to have.

16 Things All New Mums Should Know

Jessica Brown | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Parents
Jessica Brown

Nothing can really prepare you for becoming a parent, books don't give you the low down on what really goes on. You get a whole new identity, a new name, a new body (yeah, thanks for that) and you just have to deal with it.

The A - Z Of Back To School

Parentdish UK | Laura Kemp | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

Here's our tongue-in-cheek guide to going back to school - the good, the bad, and the why-did-you-have-to-remind-mes. Enjoy! A is for Arguing.A...

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Presume That the Kids Will Be All Right

Suzi Godson | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Parents
Suzi Godson

The shape of the family has changed immeasurable in recent decades as divorce, remarriage and single parenthood have become increasingly common. No one would wish to turn back the clock, but are we underestimating the impact that changing family structures are having on young men in particular?

How Often Do You Measure Your Child's Feet?

Stella Olojola | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Parents
Stella Olojola

In my mind, I was done with buying shoes for at least three months. My twins were both a size 5f at that time, and I just did not see their feet growing beyond that for a while. I was so wrong.

Parents Who Judge Other Parents

Sarah Pylas | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Parents
Sarah Pylas

As parents, surely we can all agree that we want the same thing - the best for our kids. And, that we all have our own style of doing things and children with very different personalities and needs.

Smacking Kids Should Be Made Illegal, Suggests UN

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Parents

Parents smacking children should be made illegal in the UK, a United Nations report has suggested. In the report, the UN stated the UK should put ...

Three Techniques to Help Clingy Kids With Independent Play

Jude Hurrell | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Parents
Jude Hurrell

Ever feel like you're throwing yourself into a bottomless pit of need? Ever feel like the pit is so wide and deep, you don't even touch the sides? Ever feel like no matter how much you give, your child still has more to take?

The Top Six Things My Kids Fight About

Katie Kirby | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Parents
Katie Kirby

If I'm honest It often feels like I can't leave the room for five seconds without a full on war breaking out. Here are a few of the things that they regularly argue about while I am trying to make tea/hang the washing up/generally get sh*t done...

How To Handle Being The Favourite Parent

Elfa Wilmot | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Elfa Wilmot

My daughter made it clear, from a very young age, who her favourite parent was. I'll give you a hint: it wasn't Daddy. At the weekends, she would tell him to go away, to go to work. She only wanted Mummy.

Mass Sperm Freezing is Not an Answer: Fertility Education Is the Solution

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Geeta Nargund

I was deeply concerned to read the proposal by Dr Kevin Smith last week, that young men should consider freezing their sperm, around the age of 18 with the promise of artificial fertility even in old age.

21 Ways to Tell If Your Kids Have Grown Up

Ben Adams | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Ben Adams

The other night, my eldest son asked me if he could stay up to watch the latest women's world cup football match. 'No, it's a school night,' I told him in my new no nonsense, don't mess with me, single-dad voice. In a previous incarnation of our life, I might have told him to ask his mother...

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...)

Are you a school bag snoop? How not to be obsessed with your child's reading level

Parentdish UK | Liat Hughes Joshi | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

It's one of the most loaded questions you can be asked at the school gate. It's not a demand to know your religious or political views. Nor is it abou...

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...