UK Parents Voices

The Misconceptions Of Breastfeeding

Beth Crampsie | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Parents
Beth Crampsie

I gave up and felt like a failure, my one and very important job and I couldn't do it. Would mother and son be able to bond properly? Would he be stupid? These and other questions whirring through my mind. What made it worse were the reactions of other women, how could I stop and was I really using a bottle in public with formula in it.

Hair-Care Tips For Dads To Live By

Lloyd Hughes | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Parents
Lloyd Hughes

If you find you are always styling with one eye on the clock, there is no doubt a freshly cut head of hair is a lot quicker and easier to handle. Try to keep your visits to the chair regular and you'll find your hair falls in to place of its own accord.

Not Invited

Annette Demetriou | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Parents
Annette Demetriou

As I was growing up, there was never any reason to question this. I invited everyone to my birthday parties. They came. I was invited to everyone's birthday parties. I went. Yes it was hectic, and some months there were parties back to back. But that's how it was. Even through my teenage years, no one was ever left behind as they say.

Work From Home Survival Tips

Helen Casewell | Posted 16.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Casewell

Make sure you get out of the house every day. Whether it's meeting a friend for lunch, a walk around the block or working from a local coffee shop, make sure you get social interaction to avoid feeling isolated.

'Mother' Means Hope

Amy Dear | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Parents
Amy Dear

Having a mental illness does not make you less or a parent, and it doesn't mean you are wrong. It might mean that you need a little extra support, a little more time, or treatment - but it's an illness. And one for which recovery is possible. Please speak to someone if you feel the same. Please don't hide. You are not alone.

Love Makes A Family: Celebrating LGBT Families

Sarah Hagger-Holt | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Hagger-Holt

'We don't always know how to describe everyone in our family,' says Jessica, whose friend Simon donated sperm to her and her female partner and welcomed them into his extended family. 'For instance, what do you call the mother of the wife of the man who helped you get pregnant?'

Reusable Nappies - The Perfect Choice For The Modern Family

Anna Barker | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Parents
Anna Barker

Every parent I speak to wants the best for their baby, I mean, that's human instinct right? Then surely every modern parent knows about why reusable nappies are the perfect choice? I wish they did, but it seems to be jolly hard getting the message out there.

Coming To Terms With A Traumatic Birth

Abi Jones | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Parents
Abi Jones

Experiencing a birth trauma isn't going to be something that you can just "get over". Your feelings are not going to change overnight, and it is likely to be an event that stays with you forever. But know you are not alone. Know that you can get help if you want it and need it.

Let Me S.P.E.L.L It Out For You

Tamara Spurway | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Parents
Tamara Spurway

I'm finding myself more conscious of the conversations we have in front of him, there are just some things he doesn't need to hear, although our adult conversations are all kid orientated these days anyway.

I Went Through My Daughter's Phone, And What I Found May Have Saved Her Life

Quora | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK Parents
Quora

My youngest children are now in their last years of high school and I would never look through their phones at this point, but when they were younger I always reserved the right to go through phones and Facebook accounts if I suspected they were in an unsafe situation.

To Accept Autism You Have To See Beyond It

Danielle Duggins | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK Parents
Danielle Duggins

My son is not a problem. He is not a health and safety risk, a difficulty to manage or an obstacle to overcome. He is not a disability. He is not a neurodevelopmental condition. He is a little boy who fears and loves, who laughs and cries.

I'll Always Take My Children Away During Term Time

Jodie Andrews | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Parents
Jodie Andrews

There's been a lot of debate recently around being able to take your children out of school and on holiday during term time. Now, I'm a huge believer in that travel has so many more benefits (in some ways) than school has.

Shopping With Toddlers

Hannah Jull | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Jull

. Sure, the children may be running riot, but you're happy about it! So the supermarket judgers (they're out there) will think. And that's better than children running riot and a crazy stressed out mother (I hope?).

Five Ways In Which My Four-Year-Old Helps Me Stay In The Present Moment

Huw Evans | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Parents
Huw Evans

When I became a dad to a daughter I had a friend who said that this would be the greatest love story of my life. At the time I shrugged it off as I am also a father to two sons. However, around the age of two my daughter started spending more and more time choosing to play with me over her mother (which was upsetting to my wife) and I began to understand what my friend had meant.

Tantrum Parenting In Ten Easy Steps

Suzanne Treharne | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Parents
Suzanne Treharne

If we're to cope with and survive this stage of parenting (however long it lasts - please give me hope parents of four year olds) I feel like it is essential that we understand the tantrum process.

When Your Best Friends Are No Longer Your Best Friends

Lucy Wigley | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Parents
Lucy Wigley

I started to feel like that about a lot of my friendships, from very early on in my pregnancy, and once my first baby arrived, it became clear that maintaining certain friendships was going to be harder than climbing Kilimajaro in heels. But it was a struggle of emotions- these were friendships I'd had for 20 years- I'd been friends with these people for longer than I hadn't been.

Two Hospitals, Two Kids And One Emotional Week

Thomas Lynch | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

My emotions have been all over the place in the last week. It all started with a bug, our eight year old son complained of a sore tummy. This turned into sickness and diarrhoea that felt endless! My wife at this time was nine months pregnant and our focus was on getting our son better before his new little brother came along.

Do You Like Your Child Today?

Jade Lloyd | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Parents
Jade Lloyd

Little boy chose to lay on the floor hysterical for 40 minutes and I left him to it. Can we put children on eBay? Whispering 'I don't like him' on the phone to my mother the words barely formed on my tongue.

Becoming Granny Jones

Pam Jarvis | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Parents
Pam Jarvis

Last week, I became a grandmother for the third time. Yet again I had the amazing experience of thinking 'ah, there you are' whilst holding a new baby for the very first time; a brand new person who is nevertheless somehow familiar, as if a close relative had just arrived home after a long trip abroad.

Militant Foster Carers Are A Sign Of Deep Discontent In The World Of Child Protection

Martin Barrow | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

The reality is that our system of child protection relies overwhelmingly on volunteers. Foster carers provide homes for three out of every four children and young people in care. In return, they receive no salary but are compensated through allowances based on the number of children they care for and their special needs.

The PND Disaster: It's Ok Not To Be Ok

Laura Suzanne Light | Posted 24.09.2017 | UK Parents
Laura Suzanne Light

Back then, The Unsung Mum was full of joy from having The Baby but that didn't last long. Once at home, The Unsung Mum started feeling a bit odd. See, like everyone, she'd heard of post-natal depression, but didn't actually know what it was.

Don't Call Me A Yummy Mummy Just Because I'm Not Slummy

Anna Fraser | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Parents
Anna Fraser

Look, I'm not completely stupid - I get it: all this online brutal honesty is reassuring to other mothers when they feel down and lonely. But it's also creating an unhealthy trend; a self-fulfilling prophecy of inadequacy and a false acceptance of low parenting standards.

'I Cannot Walk, Daddy!'

Nick Taussig | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Parents
Nick Taussig

I bend forward, over his body, and reach for his calves, both of which feel more like small boulders than failing leg muscles. He relies on these like no other, as every Duchenne boy does, while he can still walk, to keep him upright and moving forward. He's having contractures, his calve muscles shortening and cramping. I squeeze one of them, and feel him flinch with pain.

Mother Of All Questions

Kate Everall | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK Parents
Kate Everall

Depending on when you asked me I could answer most of these questions calmly and sensibly, I know a lot of them were based on pure ignorance and the person asking didn't mean any harm.

Autism, Valentino And Schools

Melanie Sykes | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Parents
Melanie Sykes

When you are the parent of a child with autism you have a choice to make about schooling: whether to send your son or daughter to a special school or to a mainstream one. Special schools, where your child will be around only children with special needs, will have more knowledge; mainstream schools have kids that can relate "normally" and good habits hopefully to be copied... I think the system as is stands at the moment is failing these wonderful children who have so much to offer in this world and with the increase of diagnosis are not going anywhere and it will be a great loss to society if they are overlooked.