Parenting Tips

'My Mummy, Not Yours!' - An Open Letter to Kate Middleton About Introducing a Sibling to a Precious First-Born

Samantha Simmonds | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Parents
Samantha Simmonds

The experience with your first born is absolutely unique and the time so precious. It's only when the next one arrives that it really sinks in that you will never have the same level of relative calm or one-on-one time with either of your little ones again.

What Happens When Your Teenage Daughter Tells You She Has A Boyfriend

Amy Treasure | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Parents
Amy Treasure

So she comes home from school and casually drops it into our 'how's your day gone' conversation. The conversation we have every day. Except this isn't about the funny thing that happened in maths or that she sang a solo in the choir. This is about a boy, 'the boy' the one she likes and I can tell she's smitten.

Five Ways How I Lost My Mama Joy... and How I Got It All Back!

Victoria Leith | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

No matter how you come about being a parent (through your body, through fostering and adoption) and no matter how you gave birth (natural, with drugs, no drugs, 'wish I'd had drugs', C-section) I am pretty sure we will all agree: this is a 24/7 job.

Am I a Heartless Biatch?!

Olivia Siegl | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

I hate to admit it but as the second baby came along, delivering us with two Tiny Humans under Two, which, as grateful as we are for them, they have filled every corner of our lives, minds and pre occupations squashing me and thee to the other sides of our new universe, with no time to spare and no spare energy to spare for each other.

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

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell/Tanith Carey | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents

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...

How to Stay Conscious for Long Enough to Raise Your Kids!

Katy Wright | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Wright

From the moment the baby was born, sleep went from being a luxurious necessity to becoming a figment of my imagination. It was something magical that once existed in my previous life that was now gone forever - just like Santa and the Tooth Fairy.

14 Things No One Tells You Before You Meet Your Baby

Anna Tyzack | Posted 05.04.2015 | 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.

Nine Tips for Parents of Babies in a Neonatal Unit

Leigh Kendall | Posted 24.03.2015 | 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 12.03.2015 | 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.

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.

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.

Why It's Not Happiness Nor Success I Wish Most for My child

Tremaine du Preez | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tremaine du Preez

By the Law of Large Numbers, most children will grow up to be average in height, weight, intelligence and in their life achievements. Wonderfully, blissfully, unassumingly average. No matter which way we look at it, our children have a better chance of being average than exceptional.

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?

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 ...

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.

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?"

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.

10 Essential Tips for the Self-Employed

Liz Fraser | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

One of the weirdest things about self-employement, is that nobody teaches you how to be self-employed. You just....do it. And make a lot of mistakes along the way. Over the last 17 years at the Freelance Coalface, I've learned a few really valuable things that, had I known them at the start, might have saved me a grey hair or 50.

Advice for Parents With Kids Starting University

Pete Edge | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pete Edge

Before they go to uni take your son or daughter to the supermarket with you and get them to do the weekly shop on a budget that will be the same as they'll be on at university.

What You Didn't Know About Morning Sickness...

Liz Fraser | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

HG is a very very bad version of morning sickness. Really, superbad. Mothers can become ill very quickly if they don't consume any liquids for a few days, and they really do need to seek help. And maybe now that Her Royal Highness has kindly shed some green-tinged light on a serious condition that affects 1% of expectant mothers.

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".

Clearing Tips for Parents

Pete Edge | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Edge

'Clearing', the process that helps university applicants without places find institutions with courses that still have places available, can be one of the most stressful periods in the life of a student... Here are some tips to get you and your student successfully through the process.

Five Fun and Easy Ways to Promote Self-Esteem in Your Kids

Emma Letessier | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Letessier

Research has shown that children who have a healthy level of self-esteem and confidence learn faster and achieve better academically than children described as having low self-esteem. There are a multitude of reasons why a child might suffer from low self-esteem but in general it's caused by the beliefs that they hold regarding their own self-image...

Five Steps to Stop Worried Parent Syndrome

Malminder Gill | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

Parenting and worry seem to go hand in hand. But what happens when your incessant worry results in arguments, discord and tension between you and your child? You obviously mean well, you care and love your child and want the best but your child does not see that, resulting in frustration, anger and guilt.