Raising Children.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Katharine Hill | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

Laughter can be about the smallest things - practical jokes, a plastic spider in the bed, funny stories at the meal table, hide and seek in the dark, watching a comedy film and even a water fight at 2am. Take time to laugh and have fun.

The Six Faces Your Weaning Baby Pulls - and What They Really Mean

Hattie Garlick | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Parents
Hattie Garlick

Weaning isn't anything to be frightened of. Neither is it a definitive, military operation, governed by strict rules and riddled with pitfalls and potentially calamitous consequences.

Gender Free World? Gender Is Irrelevant

Lisa Honan | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Honan

Our stance on gender is that your gender is irrelevant. Your sex should not define your choices, how you are perceived by others and who you are as a person - in other words your biology and subsequent gender assumptions, should not pigeon hole you.

Don't Make Your Child Kiss or Hug Relatives

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

The desire for children to grow up to be confident enough to say "no" is in sharp contrast to the behaviour of many parents, when they make their child hug and kiss relatives against the child's wishes. If body autonomy matters in the teen and adult years, why doesn't it matter in childhood?

How Barbie Corrupts Our Daughters' Career Aspirations

Gwendi Klisa | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Parents
Gwendi Klisa

We are being misled to think Barbie is empowered because she's wearing shrubs, a suit, overall, uniform or geeky T-Shirt. But Barbie can't actively use her body to walk, jump, or, in fact, work. She was made to be an object we look at and kit out. What she wears when she's boarding a jet is more important than how fast she can fly it.

What I Learned About Parenting From a Divorced American Comedian

Laura Clark | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Clark

Being a parent can be really tough sometimes, but it's worth remembering that we only have ourselves to blame for introducing some of those difficulties! This is a truism I recently re-visited after being reminded of US comedian Louis CK.

11 Things Only Parents of Boys Will Understand

Vicki Marinker | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Marinker

I was completely unprepared for having boys. I must admit that my fantasies during early pregnancy featured a little girl, dressed as mini-me (that's a miniature version of me - not Mini-Me from Austin Powers, that would be really weird).

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.

Child's Play: The Importance of Tackling Body Image Among Children and Teens

Liam Benjamin Preston | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Liam Benjamin Preston

If you think your child may want to discuss their body confidence or if you want to have a greater understanding of how the words we use and choices we make influence young people's self-esteem, please check out Be Real's resources.

What Makes a Good Role Model?

Suzanne Day | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Suzanne Day

I have a daughter who does see her Dad and has other male influences in her life too. Though I am happy she has men around that she loves, I would not be worried if her sole 'inner circle' was made up of women.

Are Kids in Danger of Forgetting Real Food? A New Report Suggest So

Hattie Garlick | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Parents
Hattie Garlick

What's in a name? Well, if the name is 'chicken nuggets', it could be up to 14 different ingredients, according to research published yesterday by the University of Nottingham.

20 Minutes of Terror: When the Kids Walked Home Alone

Natalie Johnson | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Parents
Natalie Johnson

I know that the biggest danger is, in fact, the traffic as they walk down our street. We are lucky that we live in a decent neighbourhood. Our barrier to getting outside is not a lack of space, nor is it gangs, or knife crime. Yes, we are the lucky ones. Our barrier is only the traffic.

Why I Won't Censor My Language For My Kids

Hannah Clarke | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Parents
Hannah Clarke

What I am reading more and more is that we basically have to walk on egg shells with our children for fear that we are going to forever damage their self image. I prefer to think that by telling Toby and soon his sister that they are all of the above things that they will believe me, they will know that they are loved and they will feel confident.

It Is Time To Look Up

Raquel Nakila | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Parents
Raquel Nakila

I see it all the time, a toddler in a stroller being entertained with an iPhone at the park, a toddler confidently navigating an iPad app at a children's party, a little girl enjoying a game on her DS in a restaurant. All of them looking down instead of living in the moment.

Celebrate Our World - Don't be Disillusioned

Mark Robins | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Mark Robins

How did you celebrate International Men's Day on 19th November? Or Universal Children's Day on 20th November? You didn't know about them? Me neither. ...

Sibling Rivalry - it's in the Genes

Dr Helen Driscoll | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK
Dr Helen Driscoll

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.

The Terrorism Talk - What Every Parent Should Know​

Tremaine du Preez | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Parents
Tremaine du Preez

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.

The Ultimate Stitch Up: Six Things They Don't Tell You About Having a Baby

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Parents
Sarah Tetteh

Speaking to expert midwives, I've heard that some mums are plunged into depression if they don't get to have their water birth they've dreamed of. But if your baby is breached, or has another medical emergency then be prepared to adapt and quickly for the sake of your unborn child.

The Mummy Fear Factor

Jude Coy | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Parents
Jude Coy

Before I became a mum, I thought I knew what fear was. I believed I had felt it and experienced its debilitating force. I now know I was wrong. I would give anything to go back to the time when my biggest fear was sleeping through my alarm and arriving late for work. Or forgetting to pay my landlord his rent on time.

When Your Son Leaves Home

Memuna Forna | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Parents
Memuna Forna

Watching your son grow up is a great joy. Watching your son prepare to leave home is a journey of tiny painful steps. He used to call me when he left school and he would chat on the phone until he arrived home and could tell me all about his day in person. Now I'm not always sure if he is in the house.

Hairy Changes After Two

Julia Burness | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents
Julia Burness

Being in my late thirties with a toddler to chase after, I felt exhausted during the second pregnancy and absolutely wiped out after the birth. It was a physical and mental challenge going from one to two.

Why Do We Colour Code Our Kids?

Kate Pietrasik | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents
Kate Pietrasik

Using children as a marketing tool with pester power and peer pressure to get parents spending is a sly trick played on us by the marketing departments of big corporates like Disney. Persuading consumers to buy a pink and a blue version of everything to comply with the gender rule results in those companies doubling their profits!

What's Your Parenting Style?

Katharine Hill | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

Children can see where the boundaries are and so feel safe, accepted and loved. They have room to explore, to grow in independence and to push against the boundaries in the knowledge that they are there for their benefit.

Parents, Ask Yourself: What Does a Good Job Really Look Like?

Katharine Hill | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

If you are a mum parenting with a dad, try to back off a little and allow dad to be involved. And dads, find ways to engage with the routine jobs - meal times, bedtimes, the school run - as well as the fun and games (important as that is).

Why I Let My Five Year Old Daughter Wear Make Up

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Parents
Louisa Leontiades

I try and make it one of many expressions of herself. I say it's important to remember they are only masks and you can always take them off. And I tell her, it's far more important to know who she is beneath them because the only true friends you make are those with whom you don't have to wear any mask... at all.