Raising Children

The Stuff of Nightmares, Coming Face-to-Face With... a Plate of Greens

Juliette Kellow | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Parents
Juliette Kellow

As a dietitian, I know just how important it is for growing children and teenagers to eat a balanced, nutritious diet. And as a mum, I know first-hand how difficult it can be! So just how can we ensure our children eat a healthy diet, without mealtimes turning into a battlefield?

When It Comes to Parenting, Make Sure You Choose Your Battles

Katharine Hill | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

As someone who can veer towards the authoritarian style of parenting, one of the most helpful pieces of wisdom I received was, 'Choose your battles.'

Alternate Spa Day for Parents

Yvette Lamb | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Parents
Yvette Lamb

Spa Day - Meditation Alternate Spa Day - Passing out on your child's bedroom floor after the fake 'asleep breathing' you have been performing becomes a dribbling reality as you wait (and wait) for them to nod off.

Encouraging a Reluctant Reader: Top 10 Tips

Isabelle Lee | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

I am going to assume that you know the basics of making sure you have lots of books at home, that you read every day to your child (with enthusiasm!) and that you have books that interest your child. Beyond that, here are my Top 10 Tips...

21 Ways You Know Your Kids Are Drama Queens

Suzanne Peters | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Parents
Suzanne Peters

There is one subject that my kids need to do no work for, no preparation, no homework - and they are still world experts. That subject is drama. Not in school, but in life. Are your kids the same? Here's my checklist...

How to Help Your Children to Cope With Your Divorce

Lauren Riley | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Parents
Lauren Riley

Divorce is never going to be easy for any of the parties involved - especially if children are part of the equation. Divorce is linked with a huge number of negative effects on children; not only the stress and anxiety of going through a period of severe change, but also a decline in exam results and even negative effects on health.

Burst Balloon: First Introduction to Death for Young Children?

Isabelle Lee | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

We all know children have to learn this lesson eventually: nothing lasts forever. But it's a hard lesson to accept, whether you are a child or an adult. And nothing teaches it quite so simply or eloquently as a balloon. There is no escape from balloon grief!

All of This... Is Motherhood

Yvette Lamb | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Parents
Yvette Lamb

It is early rising and midnight waking, it is wiping noses... and bums. It is the park all year round; it is play dough, sand and crayons. It is travelling heavy and never 'nipping out'; it is laughter - so much laughter.

Divorce and Helping Children Cope - Six Essential Steps

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Parents
Soila Sindiyo

You will make mistakes no doubt about that. You will say things and do things with your child in the room that you wish you hadn't. Then you will spend time worrying that you have somehow permanently damaged him/her.

I Stand Quietly: A Letter to My Daughter and to Everybody

Jill Finch | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jill Finch

I have had to learn to do these things quietly because my daughter needs me to. She is seven; bright, super funny, articulate, thoughtful and loving. She also has autism spectrum disorder.

The Best Mum in the World - Really?

Judy Reith | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Judy Reith

You would think I had asked them to tell the person next to them how often they have sex. Speaking up about your parenting ability is just not something parents find easy. Had I asked them to talk about what they get wrong as a parent, they would never shut up.

Give us our daily...NAG!

Suzanne Peters | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Peters

It's official. I have become a nag. Just like my mother before me, and probably hers before that, and it goes on and on and on to when Eve had a baby in the Garden of Eden, and became a nag. Because that's what you do when you become a mum.

Why Stay at Home Mums Love the Bad Days Best

Charlene Allcott | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charlene Allcott

On the bad days we feel like we're where we're supposed to be; secure in the knowledge that we're the only one that can deal with the calamity caused by a broken biscuit. Those evil hours give us the chance to do mothering the verb and not just be passive, nouny old Mum.

A Service Dog Won't Get Him a Party but It Will Give Him a Companion, a Trusted Friend.

Suzanne Burnett | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Burnett

Challenging children have challenging behaviour as does Morgan. He was a lamb really until bullying opened his eyes to being different. It made him realise he didn't fit in and he gets frustrated, upset and angry.

You Can't Babysit Your Own Kids

Ashley Beolens | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ashley Beolens

You cannot babysit your own kids, what you are doing is being a responsible adult or parent and looking after the produce of your (probably) misguided fumblings (anyone who claims this clearly has no wish to be a dad so it must have been a mistake, am I right?).

Why Choice, Not Breast, Is Best

Rose Carraig | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Carraig

Choice is what should be promoted, not exclusively breastfeeding. I am absolutely sick to the gills of health professionals and the NHS and antenatal/postnatal professionals, and worst culprits of all, fellow mothers, constantly banging on about how important it is to breastfeed.

So Kids, I Lied About Santa, But Jesus Is Real

Sally Fraser | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Fraser

It breaks my heart to think that if she finds out Santa is made up then God and Jesus will go with him. I couldn't handle that because my jaded, patchy grown-up's faith is so strengthened by her perfect child-like one. At this time of year I need that more than ever; I honestly don't know how people survive Christmas without Christ.

Christmas Without the Children

Sara Davison | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

"It's my exes turn to have the children for Christmas this year and it's all I can think about. It makes me so sad to think that I won't share Christmas Day with my kids, they are what Christmas is all about. What can I do?"

The Unacceptable Truth That Children in England Are Going Without the Basics

Nicky Hawkins | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Nicky Hawkins

Children are going without the basics and the systems designed to support families before they hit rock bottom are disappearing. As a parent, I find this heart breaking. As a citizen, I find it unacceptable and unjust.

Six Tips for Relocating With Children

Sharon Swift | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Swift

Relocating with children can add to the challenge, but needn't be an insurmountable challenge. As with any change, careful management and planning can pay dividends...

Finding Their Own Way

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

Religion is actually a very beautiful philosophy. It is sad that these days, the world is so polarised, over-sensitised, fearful, filled with irrational hatred and cowed by political correctness when it comes to religion. I had to think twice before writing this, so conditioned am I into thinking that the r-word is a tinderbox that could incite a large, destructive flame.

When Saying Sorry to a Child Does More Harm Than Good

Alexandra Massey | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

Having been one of those parents who had practiced this many times, until someone gently pointed out how I was coming across, I've now stopped. This one time I'm talking about is when I've said 'I'm sorry' but what I really wanted was relief from my own uncomfortable feelings of being a dysfunctional parent or to be allayed of my guilt.

Three Things That Make Kids Happier Every Day

Alexandra Massey | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

I used to vex about how happy my children were, and still do sometimes, but with experience I've come to realise that their fundamental needs are very simple. They want to be heard, loved and given some special time. If I give them these three things every day, they thrive. So I do everything I can to ensure I make that happen and I know I'm investing in their happiness.

How to Help a Depressed Child

Alexandra Massey | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

A new study has found that children in pre-school who are depressed are more than twice as likely to continue to experience depression all the way through childhood... the correct support for a depressed child can really make a difference. And it's possibly not what you think.

So, Is It Easier to Be at Work or at Home With the Kids?

Andrea Mara | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

I remember a work colleague of mine from some years ago, who regularly told me that work was easier than looking after his kids. "The office is a break for me," he used to say, "I'm heading home now to the real job". I didn't have children at the time and I assumed he was exaggerating. In fact, as the work we were doing at the time was very challenging, I thought it was a form of self-praise - a humble-brag of sorts.