Parenting Tips

Three Classic Business Tips That Can Persuade a Feral Toddler to Do Stuff

Harry Oram | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Parents
Harry Oram

My toddler is the fiercest CEO I've ever pitched to. He can cut through the clutter faster than a well maintained chainsaw in the hands of a zombie apocalypse survivor. If I'm trying to cajole him into doing something, he doesn't want to hear a weak sales pitch.

If I Could Just Go Back For One Day

Helen Sandle | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Sandle

We've been reminiscing a lot lately. Not sure why, other than my husband has set up an Instagram account purely to embarrass the children. So, photogr...

Eight Common Baby Myths You Might Believe (And Why You Shouldn't)

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

There are so many parenting myths in circulation in society. I'm sure you've come across many yourself. Many are obviously myths and therefore easy to ignore. Others however seem far more ingrained and sound far more plausible. The plausibility and popularity of some of the top parenting myths cause a great deal of misunderstanding, and often stress, for vulnerable new parents.

How to Raise Your Children in a Digital World

Philip Woods | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Tech
Philip Woods

We're experiencing an unprecedented event here. There's no research to tell parents and educators if and what we are doing is wrong or right. Nobody knows just how our children will behave as they grow up in an increasingly digital world.

Getting Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night

Stella Olojola | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Parents
Stella Olojola

Many people keep asking me how I managed to get them to sleep through the night at such a young age, so I thought I should share some of my tried and tested tips. Here they are:

The Six Faces Your Weaning Baby Pulls - and What They Really Mean

Hattie Garlick | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Parents
Hattie Garlick

Weaning isn't anything to be frightened of. Neither is it a definitive, military operation, governed by strict rules and riddled with pitfalls and potentially calamitous consequences.

It's Quality AND Quantity Time

Katharine Hill | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

For a number of years I swallowed the mantra that it is quality time, not quantity time, that is important. But the sobering truth is that although we can't always give our children quantity time, they need both.

You Are Not a Failure - Dealing With Parenting Put-Downs

Amanda Jenner | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Parents
Amanda Jenner

Recently, I've read a few articles written by parents who for some reason or another feel like a failure. They are not, they really aren't. And unsurprisingly these thoughts have come after they've been criticised for something someone else thinks about their parenting.

Why We Shouldn't Make Young Children Say 'Sorry'

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 27.03.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

I appreciate this probably sounds 'far out' and frankly quite ridiculous to some of you reading. Why on earth would we not want our children to apologise when they have done something wrong? I'm not disputing this, I am however disputing the way in which we go about achieving it.

The Child Who Asks Difficult Questions

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

Georgina (who is wired very differently from regular folks) asked me the very same question when she was four years old. On the eve of her fourth birthday, when we were preparing the party bags, the finger food, the hats and the balloons, she asked, "If nobody comes to my birthday party, will it still be a party?"

Five of the Best Parenting Tips I've Ever Heard

Dr Kathryn Weston | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Kathryn Weston

When I deliver talks and workshops in schools, it surprises me how many parents and teachers ask me what my best parenting tip is. Over the years I have interviewed many leading figures from the world of education and psychology, but a few 'golden nuggets' have stayed with me.

First Time Busy Mums Guide to a Baby: Week Four

Olga Levancuka | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

Arrange for your partner, husband or a reliable friend to look after your child for just an hour approximately. Feed your child, change their nappy and head out of the door to the nearest coffee shop. Enjoy a hot drink of your choice in peace.

Making YouTube Safe for Your Child

Lucy Gill | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Gill

It's been a wonderful week or so surrounding Safer Internet Day (Tues Feb 9th). I've had great fun presenting talks related to this subject from digital parenting to apps and coding and particularly enjoyed listening to parents and the specifics of their digital struggles at home.

Practical Advice and Encouragement for New Parents

Olga Levancuka | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

While it is natural for your darling or even yourself to be constantly obsessed with the baby, you want to spend some time together in a 'baby free' zone. When you do things you used to do together, just without talking about babies.

With Kindness, Not Love

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

I am not a psychologist and I know that releasing childhood emotional trauma is a big complicated area. I wouldn't know how to start advising people, but as a mother of five children, I follow the old adage, it is easier to raise a happy child than mend a broken adult.

Piano Lessons for My Son - Finding Ms Piano Lady Four

Daniel Powell | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Parents
Daniel Powell

I don't want to be the kind of father that seeks to make up for his own shortcomings by hot-housing his kids, except that's exactly what I want to do when it comes to my sons learning music.

Sibling Rivalry - it's in the Genes

Dr Helen Driscoll | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK
Dr Helen Driscoll

Petty fights in the back of the car, temper tantrums over the possession of a favourite toy, irrational jealousy over who is the family favourite - squabbling brothers and sisters have infuriated parents for generations.

10 Things About Parenthood That Can 'Get Stuffed'

Helen Thorn | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Parents
Helen Thorn

Just as sweets are classified as a 'sometimes' food, brushing hair is a 'sometimes' activity. Obviously that doesn't mean letting the kids grow their own dreadlocks, but does it really matter if they leave the house with a bit of a birds-nesty look occasionally?

SMA's Careline Is The Easy Way To Get Advice On Any Baby Issue - No Matter The Time Of Day

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Parents

When you're busy looking after a new baby, it's easy to forget that you also need some looking after yourself. New mothers have plenty on their pl...

Welcome To The Amazing - And Confusing - World Of Parenting. SMA® Baby Club Is Here To Help...

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents

When you become a parent, a whole new world – wondrous, exhilarating, confusing and scary – opens up to you and becomes your everyday reality. ...

Me, Me, Me

Emma Porcelli | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Porcelli

In all the turmoil though, it is so important to have time out. As a person, it is your basic right to have a bit of time to yourself. Self-importance and well-being are vital in being a good parent. If you are frazzled, the household will be frazzled. Kids sense tension and will just play up more. It is a vicious circle.

Parents, Ask Yourself: What Does a Good Job Really Look Like?

Katharine Hill | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

If you are a mum parenting with a dad, try to back off a little and allow dad to be involved. And dads, find ways to engage with the routine jobs - meal times, bedtimes, the school run - as well as the fun and games (important as that is).

Surviving in a House of Teenagers - Tips on How to Cope With Troublesome Teens

Heather Montoute | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Parents
Heather Montoute

I'm a mother to three boys - aged 26, 23 and soon to be 13. I'm also godmother to a beautiful 18-year-old girl for whom I assumed a motherly role when her real mum (one of my best and dearest friends) died three years ago.

First Day at School - The Biggest Mistake That Parents Make

Heather Montoute | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Parents
Heather Montoute

In a day or two, almost 70,000 four-year-olds will be starting school and it's a big day in everyone's life. I'm 53 and I can still remember my first day at school! Your child is very likely to be anxious about their first day and it's important that you prepare your little ones well. I've given my top tips for preparation below.

Rainy Day Activities for the Kids

Lisa Roberts | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Roberts

After emerging from a cold and wet bank holiday weekend, here are some tried and tested suggestions to entertain the kids indoors without breaking the bank. Having a technology free day in favour of some quality time is the best way to take advantage of the rainy conditions.