Parenting Tips

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

Emma Letessier | Posted 20.07.2014 | 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 28.05.2014 | 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.

Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Pokémon: A Parental Tale of Teenagers

Amanda Prowse | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Prowse

My boys are sixteen, but I still think they are four. Last Friday morning, they were discussing cricket scores and 'A' level options and I kid you not, by 2AM the following morning, they had discovered sex and booze and rock 'n' roll, or whatever the equivalent of rock 'n' roll is nowadays.

Five Ways to Fake a Break and Avoid Parenting Burnout

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

Before it was wrong, children often toiled alongside their parents. For their parents. Now we work for them. Like tiny benign overlords they preside over us. Arguably it's better this way. But sometimes, when my toddler rides me like a mule after 12 hours of one-to-one fun, only marginally so.

Five Amazing Skiing Destinations Perfect for Children

Elle-Rose Williams | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Elle-Rose Williams

Skiing is a wonderful vacation idea for families with children. Not only do you get to spend time being active outdoors together, but your children will spend their holiday making new friends, learning new skills and building their physical confidence.

Understanding Bullying: Strategies for Help and Prevention

Elena Barbiero | Posted 02.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Barbiero

Bullying sadly takes many forms. It's heart-breaking for parents to witness the effect bullying has on their child: we love our children, and we hope bullying will never happen to them. Sorry, I have bad news...

Parenting Teenagers: Making Mistakes

Elena Barbiero | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Barbiero

The teenage years, a little like the 'terrible twos', are a stepping stone in the individual's development: from baby to toddler, and from child to young adult. They each indicate the transition from one important stage to a very different one: but why is it often so challenging to deal with teenagers?

Angie and Me: The Joie of Basement Parenting

Jody Brettkelly | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jody Brettkelly

Lately I've been reminded of revelations by one of the nannies for the Brangie Bunch. Apparently Angelina disappears down to basement for hours to work out while the nanny has to look after the kids. Oh fer feck's sake!

The Top Ten Secrets Parents Ask Children To Keep

Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.10.2011 | UK

The average British parent asks their children to keep 83 secrets a year, according to a new study. The most common reasons for implementing these...