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Sanctuary of the Shower

Mark Bryce | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents
Mark Bryce

I found myself being backed into a corner, or more accurately a cubicle, and it wasn't long before the sanctuary of the shower was all that remained.

Unshared Parent Leave

Sophia Walker | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

A lot can happen in nine months, but even more can happen in a year. That's why the decision to take a whole year out to bring up baby was a no-brainer for me. When I heard today that only one in a hundred men have taken up paternity leave, I can't say it shocked me.

Forget Routine - A Daddy-Daughter Day With No Rules is the Best Routine in the World

Andrew Robinson | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

We just mucked about all day with no rules to rein us in. We had no clock to worry about, or no structure to adhere to. We just simply went with the flow. An easy-going day full of fun, bonding and an astronomical amount of laughter.

Pondering the 'Before'

John Hibbs | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

There are days of mania and whirlwinds in the house where a two-year-old lives when you don't know how it was possibly 5.59am the last time you caught a glimpse of your watch and then there are days when silence descends upon that very same house and you wonder what on earth you spent your time doing when there was no little person around filling your every minute.

'Unidentified Item in the Bagging Area' - Shopping With a Toddler

Nick King | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Parents
Nick King

The checkouts are busy. No, they are overwhelmed. So despite having a full trolly we go for the self service check outs. In the style of a Hannah Barberra cartoon, where a mini devil sits on one of the character's shoulders while a mini angel sits on the other, voices debate in my head as I make this choice.

When Daddy Gets Frightened By a Singing Bear During a Nap

Andrew Robinson | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

You are dazed. You are still half asleep but are a little unsure about the situation. Did I just hear something? Is someone home? Is baby waking up? Is it a ghost or poltergeist playing havoc with me? No, mate. A bear just started singing a song for you.

The Weaning Of Life

Neil Ransome | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Parents
Neil Ransome

After eight hours in the hospital jettisoned into the outside world, newborn in one hand, exhausted and stitched up fiancé in the other. The only other thing missing was an instruction manual.

Why Birth Preparation Is for Dads Too

Deborah Pryn | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Pryn

There was a loud sigh, the sound of snoring and then a sudden jolt as he jumped, waking himself and his wife up. Yes, the other evening it was another dad who fell asleep first during the relaxation session at the end of one of our Wise Hippo hypnobirthing classes. And you know what? It's so often the way!

A Night in the Life of a Daddy... Living With a Baby...a Wife... a Cat... Inside a 1-Bedroom House... With No Doors

Andrew Robinson | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

After an unknown amount of time trying to get baby ready for bed, you wait patiently for the milk to cool down a little - this appears to take hours as baby is messing about, running you ragged.

First Time Busy Mums Guide to a Baby: Week Four

Olga Levancuka | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

Arrange for your partner, husband or a reliable friend to look after your child for just an hour approximately. Feed your child, change their nappy and head out of the door to the nearest coffee shop. Enjoy a hot drink of your choice in peace.

Taking Your Children Swimming Should Be an Olympic Sport

Andrew Robinson | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

When mummy tells you we are taking baby and niece swimming, a sudden sense of worry...no hang on a minute, a sense of, "I don't even like swimming; I'm afraid of my head being submerged under a pool of urine infested water", follows.

Attachment Parenting: Do We Really Need this Label?

Amanda Jenner | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Parents
Amanda Jenner

Parenting labels can make those who don't follow such an approach feel inferior or worry that they're a terrible parent. They can also make those who do follow such approach feel guilty when perhaps they just want a break from it or to steer off course slightly.

Forget My Emails, I Need to Cherish My Daughter's Pre-school Years

Andrew Robinson | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

We are all guilty of it. All shamefaced at the occasional aimless phone surfing, but when it gets to the point when you are looking at your phone whilst brushing your own teeth, you need to have a think about your life. Switch it off. Shift your brain from the outside world and bring it in to your world for a minute. And your family's.

Don't Ignore the Lonely Dad

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 31.01.2016 | UK Parents
Simon Ragoonanan

You try making conversation, but none develops. Your hopes of meeting new people, making new friends, forming bonds with other parents for the sake of your child are dwindling. You end up sitting alone in a corner, watching your child play alone while all around a community you long to be a part of continues on oblivious.

Practical Advice and Encouragement for New Parents

Olga Levancuka | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

While it is natural for your darling or even yourself to be constantly obsessed with the baby, you want to spend some time together in a 'baby free' zone. When you do things you used to do together, just without talking about babies.

Daddy and Baby Attend a Baby Group... Without Mummy

Andrew Robinson | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

Baby's bag was packed; baby was dressed and fed. A slow drive down to the church hall venue followed. My heart pumping vigorously. 'Will my car break down and get me out of trouble here'? Nope. 'I am on my own here, no-one else can save me now'.

Mindful Walking With Your Toddler

Andrew Robinson | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

If I was walking to the shop on my own to buy some milk, I would have also been on an automatic, robot-mode walking at an incredibly fast pace with one thought and one thought only: to purchase the milk and walk back in an equally fast pace, without a care for anything or anyone at all. Milk would have been the only care.

Festively Plump

Neil Ransome | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Parents
Neil Ransome

To maintain my cuddly physique and stop myself edging towards the chubby abyss / heart failure I found eating when hungry rather than the set three meals a day kept me in check.

World's Coolest/Most Embarrassing Dad Goes To Great Lengths To Teach His Kids About Hip Hop

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Comedy

Instagram sensation Queenzflip is trying to teach his son about real hip hop, and his in-car camera captured the moment the beat kicked in. Upon he...

Daughters Share Touching Way To Keep Memory Of Their Dad Alive

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Three anonymous daughters have tugged on the internet's heartstrings by leaving a can of beer for a stranger to drink in their dad's memory. The be...

What a Mum Really Wants for Christmas

Lisa Roberts | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Roberts

So what do you buy a new mum for Christmas? Or mum to be? As I work with a team of mums with a mission to delight them at every given opportunity, I believe that all present buying for such special people should be thoughtfully considered.

Road to Rafferty.... Part One

Neil Ransome | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Parents
Neil Ransome

Most of my conversations now revolve around being a dad, occasionally unusual topics such as is it OK to have a sit down wee if you're tired pop into conversation, but ultimately everything ends up circling back to parenting as if every road leads there. 'I love the new Ferrari......' 'its amazing, I wonder if you can get a buggy in?'

For Crying Out Loud

Neil Ransome | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Parents
Neil Ransome

Sleep had gone from resembling the instructions in the countless books we were given to making his own rules, just because, well, he can. He just wouldn't sleep for very long - apart from if you played him Fleetwood Mac, good taste I guess. But if I hear that bloody Rumours album one more time...

Father's Response To 'Gay' Kitchen Playset Trolls Could Not Be Better

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Parents

A father's gift of an amazing homemade kitchen playset to his son was branded "gay" by trolls online, but he was having none of it. After receiving...

A Strong Start for Every Family

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents
Sir Tony Hawkhead

f you are a parent who is wondering how you can develop or improve the relationship with your young child, don't feel like you have to face this task alone. Children's centres are there to help all parents and their children, and who need anything from a place to meet others, routine advice or more significant help.