Raising Children.

Six Things My Afro Child Is Sick Of

Claire Quansah | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Quansah

Afros. Big ones, small ones, tight curled, loose curled. I love them. And so does my son, which is why at seven years old he decided to ditch the number one cut in the barber's chair and grow his fro. He was happy and proud of how much it had grown, but two years in it's become something of a frustration. Why? Because there are a few things he's getting tired of...

Still Marching For The EU

Cassie Pearse | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Politics
Cassie Pearse

We have chosen not to take them to spontaneous Brexit protests but those organised, with permission, well in advance are a perfect place for our kids to cut their political teeth. The only thing I'm worried about is whether we will make our kids apolitical as they rebel against us when they're older!

Will Having A Child Make Me Happier?

Izzy McRae | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Parents
Izzy McRae

As I found out before when I researched it, parenthood is not all cute babies and idyllic family photos as Facebook would have you believe. Indeed it seems like there is much more information and evidence around that it is really hard.

Body Shaming

Stacey Oakes | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

As I was tagged in the photograph I was also receiving notifications of comments on this photograph of us beaming and relaxed at our friend's celebration. Most comments were complimentary and kind but after I had a notification from one of Adam's colleagues whom I have never met, my confidence was shattered in one click.

Dave Dedicated Everything To Fostering

Macaila Hannaford | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Parents
Macaila Hannaford

In October 2014, Dave, who had cancer several years before, was re-diagnosed. We were told it had spread to several parts of his body and to "enjoy the next 12 months". Devastating news, but we were given hope with a drug trial that was available. We decided not to tell the children until after the treatment.

Get Cooking! Practical Tips For Cooking With Kids

Sarah West | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah West

Hands-on cooking activities help children develop confidence in their skills and abilities. Following a basic recipe encourages self-direction and independence, while also teaching children to follow simple directions and solve problems.

Why I'm Taking Steps To Keep My Dog And My Children's Friends Safe This Summer

Claire Stallard | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Stallard

Like many parents, I'm racking my brains trying to think of fun things to occupy my children and their visiting friends during the summer holidays. As a dog owner, I'm also busy preparing my pet for the children who will come round to play.

Fun Ways To Entertain Little Ones Without The Cost

Susanna Pinkus | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Parents
Susanna Pinkus

Fun and often whacky activities can create the happiest memories for both children and parents. I still treasure the memory of creating kitchen mayhem aged seven, when baking rainbow bread with my dad.

From Madness To Mindfulness

Allex Parlato | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Parents
Allex Parlato

Prior to motherhood, self-care was an action that came naturally to us. Showering regularly, eating well, and exercising slipped ever so seamlessly in to our daily routine. Today we're juggling babies, children, mealtimes, sleep schedules and cleaning! Say goodbye to the days of wellness and hello to quick fixes, caffeine and dry shampoo.

Strongly Worded Letters For People Traveling With Young Children In Airports This Summer

Lucianne Lewis | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents
Lucianne Lewis

Airports bring out the worst in people and in a few weeks Britain's airports will be overrun with fraught parents just like us. I am keen not to have a repeat of last summer's jaunt through Gatwick where I handed out painfully British sorrys like confetti which left me seething over what I should have said.

Introducing Disability To Children

Jessica Smith | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK Parents
Jessica Smith

everybody banner Pulling your child away or telling them to "shh" when they make a statement out loud about someone with a disability isn't a great response. Instead it reinforces the idea that disability is a taboo subject. So, here are some ideas to keep in mind when introducing disability to your children.

Why I'm Grateful For My Kids' Relationship With Our Neighbours

Sam Allcock | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Parents
Sam Allcock

When it comes to trusting people with my kids, I'm the first to admit that I struggle. Aside from the kids running riot and not wanting to burden someone with having to entertain them, I simply don't trust many people to take good enough care of them.

What Not To Do With Kids

Hattie Harrison | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Parents
Hattie Harrison

Sometimes us parents need to be cut some slack - a little time to shrug off some of that permanent upper backache and be given permission to sink back onto the sofa and relax. So voila! Here we are, permission granted, I give to you a comprehensive list of what to not bother doing with your kids. You're welcome.

Back To Our Beginnings

Jane Taylor | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jane Taylor

It's the simple things that make me happy; spending time with my partner and spending time with my children. It's not that often that I get to see my oldest three babies, and rarely all together so I really have to make the most of it when I do.

When Does A Baby Become A Toddler?

Oli Reed | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

I've looked up a few definitions of what a toddler is on Google today. Some people suggest it's when they turn one, another website suggested between 2-3 years old, a very common opinion is when they start walking unaided, and my favourite suggestion so far is that your kid only becomes a fully fledged toddler once they start stealing your car keys.

Why It's Important To Celebrate International Children's Day Every Day

Javed Khan | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

We support these children through services ranging from work in schools, where youngsters learn it's okay to talk and ask for help, to trauma focused practice. Through all our work we make them realise there is help out there, not just on International Children's Day but every day.

How To Help A Child With A Mental Health Issue

Katie Woodland | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

So, for all you parents out there - knowing how to support your child may just be the difference between their recovery and a further decline in their mental health.

Frequently Asked Questions: Extended Travel With Small Children

Cassie Pearse | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Cassie Pearse

Considering taking an extended foreign trip with small children? Not sure if it's right for your family? Look no further! I have compiled a list of the questions I've been asked the most since setting out on our adventure (and returning home). If you have a question I haven't answered, feel free to get in touch or post a comment and I'll get back to you.

Enemy Number Mum

Stacey Oakes | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Parents
Stacey Oakes

I had no idea that having a child would make me feel this way. I knew I'd be tired and have general worries for her about the future and the world we live in but I never comprehended the wave of sheer terror that totally consumes me when I fear she is poorly. I did not sign up for this, how come nobody warned me!

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.