Parenting Tips

What Questions Should Parents Really Ask On A School Visit?

Danuta Tomasz | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK Parents
Danuta Tomasz

Most parents spend months, if not years, deciding which school is right for their children. This is why a school visit is so important and why parents should spend time thinking about the questions they want to ask, which in my experience can be broken down into two categories.

Back To School: Is Your Teenager Coping?

Cai Graham | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Parents
Cai Graham

You may be a dab-hand at all this and be taking it all in your stride - but for many parents helping their teenager settle in to a different school or simply a different class with the increased demands and expectations is totally new ground and the new rules can be baffling.

How Active Are Kids At School?

Helen Schoeb | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Schoeb

An increasing number of parents are concerned about their children's activity levels or are aware of a health risk relating to their lack of exercise. For that reason, you may wonder how active your kids really are once you send them off for their first day of school.

It Takes A Village To Raise A Child - A Cliché But Oh-So-True

Celine Bell | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

I'm SO lucky to still have my parents - they are both still around in body and mind, although living three hours away gets them out of babysitting. The boys adore them, Grandpa kicks a ball and Granny does loads of cuddles and the occasional scary look, and it's a mutually appreciative relationship.

Five Mindful Ways To Ease Back-To-School Nerves

Fern Taylor | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Parents
Fern Taylor

The start of a new year at primary school can stir up lots of emotions for children, including excitement and anticipation as well as nervousness and anxiety. Of course, it is completely normal to feel this range of emotions and everyone feels a bit of apprehension at the start of the school year (even teachers!)

Surviving The Back To School Season

Sam Wass | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Parents
Sam Wass

Different children react to going back to school in very different ways. Some like the increased structure and regularity that school brings with it - they find order, and predictability, relaxing. But others, like I did, love the freedom and the lack of structure of the holidays.

Are You A Bad Parent?

Samantha Glass | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Parents
 Samantha Glass

Almost every parent goes through bouts of not feeling like they are a good parent. Almost every parent questions their own gut instincts at times. Almost every parent feels as if they should be doing better, waking up earlier, feeding their child healthier, being more encouraging.

Is 'Me Time' Selfish As A Parent?

Samantha Glass | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Parents
 Samantha Glass

It's easier said than done. As simple as it sounds, not everybody finds it possible to relax. Chores that still need doing or the murmuring coming from your child's bedroom as they sleep, can be stressful. There are many ways you can learn to relax!

Parenting In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence

Sufian Farrukh | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Tech
Sufian Farrukh

If we look at AI from a human perspective, the technology is designed to assist us and make our life more convenient. It, however, cannot teach as human values and ethics. Regardless, the technology seems to be winning the hearts of parents and it is expected to carry out that purpose more efficiently in the coming future.

The Modern Tale Of 'The Birds And The Bees'; How To Keep Your Kids Safe Online This Summer

Claire Stead | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Stead

We can't see everything our kids are doing at all times; and it's something that if we tried to police, it would only build up resentment. Similarly, we can't ban the tech our children are using - it's about finding a balance, setting time limits and offering alternative activities to being online are good starting points.

Child Safety At Home - What Should You Consider?

Jo Wiltshire | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jo Wiltshire

That's it - they're on the move! All hands on deck. The moment your baby is mobile, even if it's only a roll or a shuffle, they are at risk of harm in...

Nine Tips For Raising A Confident Girl

M Rafiq | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents
M Rafiq

As a parent, you can help your daughter believe in her full potential and build her self-esteem to navigate through life's trickiest moments. Here's what you need to do to build her resilience and confidence:

Stop Yourself From Getting Triggered By Your Teen's Revision Behaviour, Part Two

Lucy Parsons | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Parsons

It's exam season. It feels like every time you speak to your teenager about how they're getting on with their revision you get into a fight. You feel out of control, you desperately want to support them to do their best and you're ashamed of how you're failing in your interactions with them.

Stop Yourself From Getting Triggered By Your Teen's Revision Behaviour

Lucy Parsons | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Parsons

What you need to do is visualise the kind of parent you want to be in exam season and start behaving in this way - no matter what you get back from your teen. Even if they don't thank you now, they'll see how hard you tried when they look back in years to come and start to meet you halfway.

A Millennial Approach To Co-Parenting

Sarah Abell | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Abell

The exciting thing is that when it comes to exactly how they divide or share roles, couples today are being much more creative and intentional about how they parent together. We need a new vernacular that better represents those couples looking to do things differently.

Winging It. Returning To Work With Two Children

Jeni Dibley-Rouse | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents
Jeni Dibley-Rouse

I returned to work at the beginning of this year after chid number two and I can safety say that we have been winging it ever since. Over three years ago I returned to work after my first child and I can't really remember it being a terrible time and we did decide on having another child so it must have been ok?

Things You Should Talk About Before Having A Baby

Saira Aspinall | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Parents
Saira Aspinall

Sleep deprivation coupled with that unsettling, guilt-inducing sense of being 'trapped' at home whilst my husband went out into the world - speaking to adults, drinking hot coffee, going to Pret - definitely contributed to my rage, but I think the real issue was the difference that was beginning to show itself in our approach to children and parenting.

More Seizures And Epilepsy Awareness

Katy Mann | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Mann

It's been a rather eventful couple of weeks here. I posted on Facebook that I made it to school without my wheelchair one day. Oh how the universe laughed at me. It's all been downhill ever since. My seizures have been terrible the past two weeks.

Tips For Parenting With Epilepsy

Katy Mann | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Parents
Katy Mann

I was diagnosed with epilepsy almost a year ago now and one of the toughest challenges for me has been looking after my two children, James (9) and Emily (5). I have atonic seizures, which means I fall several times a day

How To Help Your Children Ace The New GCSEs

Eddy Chan | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Eddy Chan

Exams seem to be emerging as a new battleground not only for children, but schools, government and now seem to be responsible for dragging parents into a new fear spiral. It's a very different world from when we were kids.

The Most Liberating Piece Of Parenting Advice. Ever

Amy Ransom | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Ransom

Because when I asked the other parent, 'How on earth do you entertain them ALL day?' they said, 'We don't. It's not our job to amuse them all of the time. They have to learn to amuse themselves. Out of boredom comes creativity. And when there's no media kids have to find other stuff to do.'

Survive The Day With A Toddler And A Newborn

Hannah Jull | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Jull

We picked a bit of an inconvenient time to move internationally to a location with no support network. If you haven't made this kind of ludicrously-timed decision then you should let family and friends help when they offer. With the toddler or with the newborn or just for a bit of company along the way.

How To Teach Your Child Musicality

Joss Astle | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Parents
Joss Astle

How can we harness the power in music, to help us on our parenting journey? How can we best use music to bond with our children, to share joyful moments, to play and to comfort? How can we teach musicality?

Are You Pretending To Be Something You're Not?

Cai Graham | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Cai Graham

I used to dread going to parties - and when I did, I was terrified. I worried that people would laugh at me for being unpopular, a bad dancer, too quiet, too loud (you name it). I used to watch the different cliques; the sporty ones, the cool ones, the musical ones ... wondering when was I ever going to just fit in.

All About Winning, Losing And Taking Part

Laura Krippner | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Krippner

My three children are all sporty. They run which means cross-country in the Winter and athletics in the Summer. My daughter plays netball, volleyball, hockey and rugby. My sons play rugby and football. They are all competitive in their various sports which spills over into other aspects of life.