Raising Children.

The (London) Marathon Of Having Children

Tabitha Siklos | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Parents
Tabitha Siklos

I haven't done it again, have barely run since. When I saw the runners come in on Sunday (this time on the TV), I wasn't gripped by middle-age existential angst that I wasn't doing enough in my life. In fact, by the end of Sunday, I felt that there were certain similarities with running a marathon and looking after three sub-five year old children

A Kid-Free Wedding? YES PLEASE!

Celine Bell | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

Our thoughtful friends asked us if we wanted to bring our kids to their wedding. Most of their friends are child-free, so they didn't care either way about upping the numbers by two. I think they were a little shocked by our vehement negative response.

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.)

Tips For Parenting With Epilepsy

Katy Mann | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Parents
Katy Mann

I was diagnosed with epilepsy almost a year ago now and one of the toughest challenges for me has been looking after my two children, James (9) and Emily (5). I have atonic seizures, which means I fall several times a day

He Was Alive: How Our Quiet Child Glowed With Confidence!

Emma Williamson | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Williamson

Our little man, the second youngest of a family of six, is the quietest one out of them all. He is the kid who very rarely gets told off, but when he does, you feel traumatised for doing so. His whole face breaks but he makes no sound and you are left feeling guilty for something he has done!

How (Not) To Tell Your Child Their Beloved Pet Has Died

Ali Russell | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Parents
Ali Russell

Let's just take a moment to remember Honey Bunny. She was a gentle little rabbit with a spring in her step. And even though she ate her own poo (very common in rabbits apparently), we loved her very much.

Why You Shouldn't Use Distraction In Place Of Discipline

Sarah Ockwell-Smith | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Almost every day I read a comment on a social media post suggesting that parents distract their children in order to avoid unwanted behaviour. It seems like sound advice, certainly if your toddler is about to bash your newborn on the head, quickly saying "shall we go and get a snack?" is infinitely better than shouting at them, or worse, smacking.

Culture Shock And Special Treatment: Raising Kids Overseas

Emily Abbey | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Parents
Emily Abbey

If you were to grow up being placed on some sort of pedestal, being admired and photographed for no reason other than existing, wouldn't you have a warped sense of your place in the world? It's no wonder the term used here so often is "expat brats".

10 Things I Realised When I Became a Parent

Ali Russell | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Ali Russell

Before the children moved in, lots of parents we know told us that nothing prepares you for parenting. If I'm honest, I listened and nodded but felt slightly smug because I've worked with children for 10 years, so surely that would have prepared me.

A Mum's Experience Of Abuse

Jennifer Gilmour | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Jennifer Gilmour

Having children changes your life in so many ways, not least because you acquire a protective instinct that makes you want to protect them from harm or hurt. I remember feeling this protectiveness instantly when my first child was born.

I Understand Not Wanting Children

J.J. Barnes | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

I'll hasten to point out that I don't in any way regret my decision to be a mother.  This is not a "what a mistake" type thought.  Indeed, I truly wouldn't have it any other way and if I went back in time I'd still have sex with my idiot ex-husband at the same time on the same day to make sure that the exact same little human was produced from that union.  That doesn't take away my understanding however.

Children Have So Much To Gain From Exploring Language - Let's Help Them Get On The Right Path Early On

Anne Longfield | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Anne Longfield

When we talk about children receiving a good start in education there is sometimes an assumption that they all begin primary school on an equal footing. But children can grow up at a very different pace and in particular those who don't develop communication skills early on can face an uphill battle to catch up.

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.

The Crying Baby

Diana Nortey | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Parents
Diana Nortey

It's something he does with me at home as well. So what I do is leave him to cry it out. The amount of dirty looks I received on the bus was unbelievable. I actually had a man approach me and tell me that my child is crying and that I should pick him up.

Kids Vs Plastic

Mary-Ann Ochota | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Mary-Ann Ochota

Plastic pollution is the hot new environmental catastrophe on everyone's timeline. But is it really as bad as the moaners make out? I had a chat with the brains behind the Kids Against Plastic campaign, Amy and Ella Meek.

Top Tips For Healthy School Lunches

Sarah West | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah West

Sandwiches are the obvious choice for packed lunches, but the nutritional content depends largely on the filling. Spreads such as jam and honey have high sugar content and are low in protein, which is essential for growing tissues

An Agnostic's Guide To Answering Your Children's Questions About Death

Isabelle Lee | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

Talking about death to children is not an easy thing to do - far harder than teaching the facts of life! But how do you approach it when you are not sure of your own answers? I have tried to put together the worries and questions my children had, and how my husband and I, as agnostics, approached the answers.

Why You Need To Be Painting With Your Child

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
Alex Muller-Nicholson

That's the key thing about painting. It's learning. The two are inextricably linked, for children especially. Art-based activities help young minds to make sense of the world around them. They explore ideas by making shapes with tools.

Mumsplaining: How To Discipline Your Kids

Harriet Miller | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Parents
Harriet Miller

I don't know about yours, but members of my family have always been the absolute best at pushing all the right buttons to raise each other's tempers. We once went on holiday and took my sister's boyfriend along for the ride.

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).

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.