Raising Children.

The Three Goals Every Parent Must Set In 2017

Shola Alabi | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Shola Alabi

I won't complain. I tell myself that I got myself into this. When my son came to me to say he wanted to make the 'A-team' in school, I told him we would have to sit down and set it as a goal so that he could start working towards it. So who am I to say no when hubby and my son go ahead to put up a goalpost in the back garden.

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...

What Happens When Parenting Goes Horribly Wrong...

Katie Woodland | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

Even something as simple as sharing, translated into adulthood, could manifest as; someone who never offers to make the tea for others; someone who takes a large piece of office birthday cake; an individual who is incapable of working as part of a team...

Dealing With Fussy Eaters

Sarah West | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah West

One of the biggest challenges many parents face is having a picky eater in the family. Many children become fussy with food around the age of 18-24 months, often forming the start of a long term battle for many parents.

Obsessive Compulsive Parenting

Lucy Fisk | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Fisk

I am a mother to two boys aged five and six, I have always been told by other parents, family and people around me that boys are the easier sex to raise and that they give you far less worry than girls. I cannot say whether that is true as I will never be able to test the theory. However, I am genuinely concerned that I am totally mucking up something which is meant to be quite simple.

How Do You Say 'No' To Your Child Without Starting World War III?

Katie Woodland | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

In the parent training world this is the million dollar question (although unfortunately for my bank balance not literally). It's the number one thing I'm asked. How do I say no without starting World War 3?

What Is A Balanced Diet For Children?

Sarah West | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah West

As free childcare is extended, nurseries and pre-school settings provide an increasingly vital route to help get children off to the best start with food and nutrition. So what should hot meals and packed lunches be specifically based around, and which guidelines should parents and nurseries follow?

What I've Learnt From My 7-Year-Old Daughter

Jo Wimble-Groves | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Parents
Jo Wimble-Groves

As parents, we know our children look up to us. I have always tried my best to teach my daughter to be strong, to be confident, to stand up for herself, trust her abilities and to believe in herself. However, the funny thing is, I'm not sure how much of this was influenced by me in the first place.

When Breast Is Not Always Best

Stacey Oakes | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

There is no support for mums who bottle-feed. There, I said it. I constantly see articles about how we need to have more support and help for breastfeeding mothers and how it needs to be more socially acceptable to feed your baby wherever you choose to.

Give Them The Greatest Gift At Christmas

Helen Miller | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Helen Miller

It's not that I don't want to spend the money on them. It's that I think in the eyes of a child, innocent and simple, all that matters is that the are loved. Something every child has a right to. For me the day is about making memories to smile about and that doesn't cost a penny. Surely happy memories are the greatest gifts of all.

The Importance Of Literacy And Reading With And For Young Children

Georgia Byng | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Parents
Georgia Byng

I've been writing children's books all my life. It's partly because I have a child inside me who needs entertaining, and partly because I want to help children to love reading. For I believe that a world filled with readers is a safer, happier world. Ignorance is dangerous.

How To Empower Your Child - These Four Ways

Veronica Owusu-Byczkowska | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Veronica Owusu-Byczkowska

The time to start is now. Arm them with a set of tools that show that the only limitations are the ones we create for ourselves in our minds. How do you empower your child?

How To Cope When Faced With The Reality Of A Family Passing

Philip De Ste Croix | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Philip De Ste Croix

Philip De Ste Croix, head of future planning at Damsons shares practical and emotional advice for parents and families, who are faced with telling the...

Learning To Adapt And Play

Leanne Brown | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Leanne Brown

As any parent of a child with ADD / ADHD knows finding an activity or toy that can provide even 10 minutes of concentration is like liquid gold. Concentration problems, memory issues, frustration, lack of understanding, impulsiveness can all cause problems when it comes to play.

Chasing 'Perfect'

Lisa Valentine | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Valentine

The seemingly new found trend and glorification of busy is a worrying one. It almost feels like one big grown up game of Top Trumps. Who can be the busiest? Who can be that mythical, perfect human being whilst the majority of us secretly feel like we're failing at this adult malarkey?

20 Things All Parents Should Teach Their Kids

Sarah Whiting | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Whiting

I sometimes wonder, whether, with so much information out there, do we fail to see the wood for the trees, and forget some of the other equally important lessons that we should be teaching our kids?

Why We Must Lead By Example And Inspire Children To Be Kind To Others

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Nicola J Rowley

They would have kept their heads down, denied knowledge of the envelope's existence, and not reached out to help that person as I had done. But if we opt for the former, what is the message we're passing on to future generations?

A Few Thoughts About Divorce And Children: A Picture Speaks Louder Than Words

Mary Banham-Hall | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Parents
Mary Banham-Hall

Parents have to find a way to discuss these and other parentings issues and protect their children from acrimony and avoidable hurt and loss. Mediation creates a safe and neutral place for these conversations to take place. Furthermore, the mediator is highly trained and experienced in facilitating their much needed conversations and can help with formulating new boundaries and ways of communicating and planning that work.

The Most Important Things To Discuss With Your Child Before The Age Of 12

Dr Kathryn Weston | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Kathryn Weston

Arguably no parent is ever ready, nor indeed understands when the time is right to have a chat about the birds and the bees. Truth is, you may not be the first person to have the chat with them, so the earlier the better.

10 Common Adoption Misconceptions Quashed

Gemma Gordon-Johnson | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Gordon-Johnson

In the last few years, the UK has seen a huge increase in those applying to become adoptive parents. This has led to a misconception that there is no longer a need for adopters to come forward. Sadly, this is wrong.

A Porn Stars' Response To Children Accessing Porn

Samantha Bentley | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Samantha Bentley

Blaming porn for children being sexually active and anxious about sex, is a single minded and uneducated view. Snapchat, Tinder, Facebook and even Whatsapp, all give young people an endless platform for swapping messages and photos without their parents knowing.

How Nursery Rhymes Took Over My Life

Oli Reed | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

One day, hopefully many decades from now, I can picture myself rocking manically in an old folks' home (or mental asylum), still haunted by the sinking realisation that the the Wheels On The Bus may never stop going round and round. Or that the Grand Old Duke of York will never stop marching his troops to the top of the hill. Or that I will be Row, Row, Rowing My Boat gently down the stream until i'm clinically insane.

Expensive Costs and Shortages Revealed by Latest Holiday Childcare Survey

Gordon Cameron | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Gordon Cameron

As the schools break up, children all over the country will be celebrating the start of a long summer holiday. For most of their parents however, work and other commitments carry on as normal, except now they have the additional task of finding childcare for the next six weeks.

Comparison Is the Thief of Joy

Laura Rutherford | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

A child who is mentally 12-14 months old in a four-year-old's body is normal to us. But it's difficult for others to understand when his disabilities are - at first - invisible. Because he appears to them to be a typical four-year-old boy. I suppose, apart from the occasional what ifs, this is the hardest part. When other people get it, it's truly a real tonic.

Shake It Off (Or Alternatively Fetch the Imaginary Voodoo Doll)

Laura Rutherford | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

When it comes to pass-remarkable comments to do with my parenting, I've tended to let them go in the past (okay, I'll admit I may have fetched my imaginary voodoo doll once or twice...). Let's be honest, pretty much all parents encounter them every so often, be it for giving in to a tantrum "too easily" or co-sleeping on a bad night.