Dear Mummy. Well you didn't think I was going to let my baby brother have all the glory now did you? I mean he's a baby so his reasons for not sleeping are, well, baby-ish. Mine though? Mine are a little different, because you see Mummy, I am a big boy now.
Christmas is a special time for many families, when happy memories are forged and everyone comes together. Parents love to see their children's excitement on Christmas morning as they open presents under the tree. But living up to this vision can put parents under huge financial pressure as they struggle to find money to spend on gifts and a celebration.
If you are in my situation, with multiple children (all young and needy) and no family help or excess cash to pay for it, then you might feel the same as I do when told that you can 'have it all'. The career, the family, the success, the glory.
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.
One thing we can learn from our European sisters is that a family society is a welcoming society. Alcohol isn't a big deal, it's on tables from a young age and children are always out with their families, no matter what time of day it is. The family is the unit, the centre of society. And that is something we are so desperately missing.
Facebook selling sites. An annoying yet necessary element of modern parenting... So, here written down for all the delusionals are the top ways to NOT to conduct yourself on selling sites.
This loss hurt me. Because it was a friend I had known for many years and though we are not close any more, and indeed have not seen each other for some time, we still connected through social media and I felt that he was still in my life a little bit in that way. So I was sad when I saw he had decided to un-follow me.
If you're a parent of enquiring minds you've had to face the terrorism question. If you're lucky it was only, What is a terrorist?. If you're less lucky you had to satisfy, What is ISIS? and if you're downright unlucky, your offspring demanded an explanation for, Why does someone kill for ISIS? Honestly, I'd rather have the S.E.X talk than this one.
Modern technology is everywhere. I rarely read magazines because I read all articles I want to on my phone. What is the difference if a child sees a book on a screen? I am sure we are capable of makin
Assumptions that men are "hard to reach" or that "men don't talk" are unhelpful and present challenges to services that seek to engage with men and encourage their involvement. There is more to do to develop our understandings in terms of research, policy and practice, and recognition of men's roles in families and as carers might be a key signifier for broader change.
I can't help wonder if the whole premise of a fancily produced show set yearly on the other side of the world is all that necessary, when right on our doorstep is: 'I'm a Toddler Get Me Out of Here... no don't actually, I've changed my mind. No Mummy, I not want to get out of here! I do! I don't! Give me a biscuit!' (It's a working title)...
Being a Dad has always been a big part of my life. I first became a father in my early twenties, well before I was married and my other children came along. This came with all the difficulties you would expect, but it was also the making of me... The House of Commons needs lots of different types of people, but I certainly think people with young families are part of that. We also need men who are prepared to talk about why being a father is a big part of their life, and who are not willing to see core issues like childcare, early years education, and the gender pay gap being side-lined as 'women's issues'. I believe Parliament should be a leader in being a family-friendly workplace.
The outcry is nothing new. We've heard all of the tales of doom and gloom before. Yes, there are risks to be aware of about having children later in life, but as I've witnessed from several friends, there can be risks during pregnancy and with childbirth at any age.
This week is Anti-Bullying Week so I've been hunting around on the internet (safely obvs) to find the best advice about how to prevent, and deal with bullying - particularly cyberbullying.
Growing up, I had all of the opportunities. Like a good Russian kid, I had piano lessons twice a week and tennis lessons on Sunday mornings. I went to drama school on weekends, as well as writing classes and horse riding lessons. I can't remember a time in my childhood when I wasn't inundated with recreational activities.
Have you found yourself saying things to your children that your mum or dad used to say to you? The type of comments that used to make your eyes roll? When did this happen, this sudden ability to spout stuff that is pointless, meaningless or plain ridiculous? Here are some of the strange and ludicrous things I've found myself saying recently which I never thought I would...