Raising Children.

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.

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.