Parenting Tips

Help, My Child Is Lonely...

Alexandra Massey | Posted 01.10.2014 | 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 24.09.2014 | 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 22.09.2014 | 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 22.09.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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.

Never Did Me Any Harm... Really?

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

But one thing we have never done and I am confident we will never do is smack. It's always 'smacking' and never 'hitting'. 'Hitting' sounds worse so people avoid saying it. They would never hit a child. What do you think they are?! An animal?! No they don't hit them, they just smack them.

Ten Things About Life I'd Want to Tell My Kids Today If I Knew I Was Going to Die Tomorrow

Amanda Alexander | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Alexander

Despite our best intentions, we soon forget about the fragility and preciousness of life and carry on as we always have done, sweating the small stuff! However, one very practical thing we can do, even when we fail to live up to our intentions to "make each moment count" is share with our children the values we hold dearest.

How to Survive Visiting Hours and Why It's Not Against the Law to Say no to Visitors Post Baby

Olivia Siegl | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Siegl

As heart-warming and as exciting showing off your amazing new bundle can be it can also verge on the exhausting and encroaching as you find yourselves overwhelmed trying to fit in everyone's visits whilst also wanting to cocoon yourselves in a world of just you, your partner and snuggles with the newest member of your family.

Peppa and George Will Now Battle to the Death

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

There are many aspects of parenting which you can't be taught. In fact almost all parenting skills can't be taught. There are often decisions to make which have no clear rights or wrongs. You kind of have to feel your way through. Do what seems right, learn from mistakes and adapt it as you go.

In Six Weeks Time It Will All Have Changed - Reassuring Advice for All Parents

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

I don't tend to get much advice from my grandfather these days. However I did get some from him recently. Which is odd. And not just because he died in 1999. It was odd because the advice was about caring for a baby. This is not a task with which I associate him.

Three Reasons Why Having Cats Doesn't Prepare You for Having Children

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Don't be downhearted if you are a cat owner and haven't had children yet. I suppose there are some things that cats do that may help prepare you for children. Sometimes they shit on the carpet. Sometimes they piss in the kitchen. And sometimes they stay out all night and come home pregnant...

Does Society Need to Catch Up With Modern Family Life?

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Our styles differ at times but ultimately we are both perfectly capable of looking after the children and both perfectly capable of going to work. In fact I'm sure she is better at her job than I am at mine anyway. Saying that she is probably better with the kids too but she can't be everywhere.

Are We Stealing Our Children's Memories?

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Maybe I'm overreacting. Maybe they will actually just have a lovely record of their childhood. Maybe I'll get a virus on the computer and lose all the photos and won't have to worry about it anymore.

Five Tips For Surviving as a Student Parent

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

The most famous Dad in the land may have gone back to campus life, but is it as much fun studying when you are footloose and childfree, as when you are in a stable relationship and have a young baby? Prince William may have found it hard-going to get back in time from Cambridge for his wife's birthday, but is he making it home for George's bathtime too?

Love Overrules Rational Thought - Challenges for New Parents

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

It would be really odd, alarming in fact, if having a child didn't change your life. However I think what people mean when they say this is "You won't understand how children will change your life until it happens to you". And that is exactly right, it happens to you.

The Joy of Boys: What to Expect When You're Expecting a Prince

Emma Jenner | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Jenner

Raising a boy has its own particular joys and challenges. Duchess Kate and Prince William have some experience looking after younger brothers James and Prince Harry, but being a parent is entirely new. Here are some of the things that new parents of sons have to look forward to.

Car Travel With Children - Five Ways to Keep the Kids Amused

Ben Whitmarsh | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Whitmarsh

For a family car, the annual summer holiday is perhaps the biggest test it can undergo. Not only does it have to put in the extra mileage, but it does so whilst being rigorously poked, prodded, and abused by children who care not a jot for the cars resale value. Perhaps the best way to avoid this kind of scenario is by keeping children occupied on a long journey.

Are ADHD Rates Set to Soar?

Sandi Mann | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

The most worrying new leniency in ADHD diagnosis is the fact that to be diagnosed, symptoms no longer need cause significant impairment; they just have to be present. For example, in DSM-IV, symptoms were required to cause some impairment (i.e. undermine the child's functioning) in at least two settings.

Can Parents Use History to Teach Children Modern Manners?

Justin Pollard | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Pollard

Anyone who has ever stood in the aisle of a supermarket watching a furious toddler screaming and hammering their fists on the floor at the injustice of not getting exactly what they want at all times has an idea of what life was like around a mediaeval king.

Five Things to Do When You Are Having a Mummy Meltdown!

Susie McBeth | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Susie McBeth

Frustration is a word that all parents are very familiar with and being a paragon of patience and cuddly understanding on days like these can stretch that word to its fullest. It is also on days like these that I am just grateful that I can keep smiling and not end up rocking backwards and forwards while sobbing in the corner.

Grandma - A Danger to Your Child's Health

Frank Furedi | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Frank Furedi

It is official - your grandma is a risk to your child's health. You may regard your grandparents as the perfect solution to your child-care problems. But watch out! Research shows that those indulgent old dears ceaselessly feed your kids with treats and unwittingly turn them into obese children.