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Why Is It So Hard To Label A Girl's Genitals?

Celine Bell | Posted 30.07.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

So many words exist, but some are sexual, crude, rude or gross. They had this problem in Sweden, so they coined a new word for it. In 2000 they came up with snippa as a female equivalent to snopp and it entered the dictionary six years later.

Happy Holidads

Tom Price | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Price

It's that time of the year where we like to get away from it all and go on a summer holiday. The trouble is, it's frowned upon if your children don't go with you. So, technically, it's that time of the year where we like to get away from (some of) it all.

Dad Anger Management

Tom Price | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Price

Children have no respect for cushions. What used to be soft, clean and plump are now shiny, sticky magnets of dust. Balls of filth that now spend less that 10% of their lives on the sofa. Much like me, to be honest.

Before I Was Somebody's Father I Was Somebody's Son

Dan Flanagan | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Dan Flanagan

The date is traditionally one where us dads are inundated with tacky socks, t-shirts and mugs proclaiming that we are 'The Greatest' one ever. While the rest of the year we are dismissively patronised as 'Babysitters' if we dare venture out with the kids by ourselves...

When Does A Baby Become A Toddler?

Oli Reed | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

I've looked up a few definitions of what a toddler is on Google today. Some people suggest it's when they turn one, another website suggested between 2-3 years old, a very common opinion is when they start walking unaided, and my favourite suggestion so far is that your kid only becomes a fully fledged toddler once they start stealing your car keys.

Parenting: What My Friends Without Kids Have Taught Me

Celine Bell | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

They've been your friends forever. Don't write them off because they are the link to your past, to dancing on tables, to uni finals, to first loves and inappropriate crushes. Sure, you'll dance on tables with your new mum mates (at some point).

Raising A Kid? Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Celine Bell | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

Ok, so some of this might not feel like small stuff, but I promise you it is. If little Jemima finds your secret stash of Jaffa Cakes and eats them all, aged 14 months, it doesn't condemn her to a life of obesity. If all the other newborns from your NCT class sleep in their cots from day one, and yours doesn't, it doesn't mean they'll still be sleeping in your bed aged 19.

I'm Incredibly Proud Of My Wife's Mumbod

Stephen Skinner | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents
Stephen Skinner

mum bod I for one have become more attracted to my wife because of the connection we have made throughout the process and am incredibly proud of what her body endured and continues to endure on her motherhood journey. I'm also pretty happy for my wife to exchange the gift of life for a few extra wobbles here and there - but to be honest I don't even notice them.

What Makes Us Swim Happy

John Hibbs | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

But above all of this, the swim happy for us all comes from being active and staying fit. Swim happy means getting out of the house and away from screen time to face challenges like jumping into a pool for the first time or treading water away from the reassurance of the pool side - it means being brave and being strong both physically and spiritually.

Fatherhood - The Emerging Political Battleground

Han-Son Lee | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Han-Son Lee

While it should be commended that the major political parties are at least acknowledging the role of fathers in the modern age, we need to be careful of delivering soundbites with little real change, and instead focus on the policies and conversations with employers that drive much more real equity in a balanced parenting world.

In Order To Overcome Postnatal Depression You Must First Recognise It

Sarah Rose Gregory | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Rose Gregory

The people around me knew there was a difference but couldn't quite put their finger on it I had a baby, right? Sleep deprivation has a lot to answer for.

What Happens Before 7am? The Secret Life Of Parents

Celine Bell | Posted 17.04.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

Let me tell you. It isn't good. Nothing good happens before 7am (similar to my rule of parties in my twenties - nothing good happens after 2am. Go home at 2am. If I'm up at 2am now it is for very different reasons. Rarely featuring tequila.)

Dads Are Asking For Help, And We Need To Listen

Maddy Matthews | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

There's been a discussion in the media recently about men who develop depression after the birth of their child. The crux of the debate is whether or not this can be called "postnatal depression".

Why Our 'Presence' Needs A Re-Think

Han-Son Lee | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Parents
Han-Son Lee

A father's role is no longer in the shadows or confined to certain duties, but being 'present' shouldn't mean just being there physically with your child. In an age of digital distraction how can we ensure we're developing the right kind of 'presence' for our children?

Five Meals Your Husband Will Love Cooking (And Eating) With The Kids This Mother's Day

Amaka Benson | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Amaka Benson

It's Mother's Day this weekend, which usually means one thing. Dad is In Charge. Millions of dads across the country will be breaking into a light sweat at the thought of 8 hours entertaining and arguing over snacks and meal times.

Teaching Dads

Thomas Lynch | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

Love was the glue that held me and my family together. I loved my dad, and I'm sure he loved me. We'd never actually say the words to each other (well I did when I knew he didn't have much longer to live), but I felt loved and held by him and my mum.

Reflections On International Women's Day

John Hibbs | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

all women everywhere It's incredible to consider by 2016, that less than half of the countries in the world had achieved gender parity for girls in primary and secondary education. Staggeringly, only 29% of the world's researchers are women - under represented in fields of science and technology - the world's growing industries and arguably our future

Learning To Let Go And Let Dad Shine!

Kylie Abreu | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Parents
Kylie Abreu

As I continue to recover from my recent surgery, I have realised in the last week how important my partner's role is for our son's development. Of course, I have always known that my son needs his daddy but when your partner works offshore and you are the one running the household, often alone raising your child it is easy to forget

I Thought I Had It Nailed

John Hibbs | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

I thought I had it nailed but it turns out adding another human to the mix of daddy day care brings new challenges. Where I once had dinner time sorted and meals ready for us all to eat together; I now have one demanding some time to play and another pawing at the child gate that keeps them out and me in the kitchen.

Where Do You Go To Get Great Parenting Advice?

Katie Woodland | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

They can both be super helpful when you need a quick fix of information to deal with a situation in the here and now, but using these to radically transform the way your family is interacting...

When You Just Can't Cope With Your Child Anymore...

Katie Woodland | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

The second thing you need to do is to stop listening to everyone else telling you that you did this, that, or the other thing wrong. You can't change the past (well unless you have a time machine and if you do then I'd love you to give me a call there's a few things I'd like to erase).

Help, My Son Is Quoting Donald Trump!

Richard Shorter | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Parents
Richard Shorter

"Build the wall" is a phrase that regularly rings out from my son - often in response to handling conflict with his siblings! "Son, please try and get on with your sisters", "No, I'm going to build a wall between us, just like Trump!" is typical of his flippant responses.

Parenting - Who Said It Was Easy?

Katie Woodland | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

In fact, give yourself a break, because not only are you trying to figure out what you want, you're also trying to figure out what another human being wants, when they don't even know themselves...

Parents, Is It Time To Stop Dieting?

Richard Shorter | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents
Richard Shorter

This is not going to be a popular sentence but here goes: When it comes to eating, our children are very likely to follow our habits and that includes becoming overweight and joining us on the dieting merry-go-round.

The Most Important Life Lesson My Dad Taught Me

Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Hinde

So if you've entered 2017 piled with worry about whether you're doing the right thing, right now, in your life. Please... don't. Live for the moment, focus on what makes you happy, and the rest will come along soon enough. And if for whatever reason none of us wake up tomorrow, at least we can say we enjoyed the ride.