Raising Children.

Learning To Adapt And Play

Leanne Brown | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Leanne Brown

As any parent of a child with ADD / ADHD knows finding an activity or toy that can provide even 10 minutes of concentration is like liquid gold. Concentration problems, memory issues, frustration, lack of understanding, impulsiveness can all cause problems when it comes to play.

Chasing 'Perfect'

Lisa Valentine | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Valentine

The seemingly new found trend and glorification of busy is a worrying one. It almost feels like one big grown up game of Top Trumps. Who can be the busiest? Who can be that mythical, perfect human being whilst the majority of us secretly feel like we're failing at this adult malarkey?

20 Things All Parents Should Teach Their Kids

Sarah Whiting | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Whiting

I sometimes wonder, whether, with so much information out there, do we fail to see the wood for the trees, and forget some of the other equally important lessons that we should be teaching our kids?

Why We Must Lead By Example And Inspire Children To Be Kind To Others

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Nicola J Rowley

They would have kept their heads down, denied knowledge of the envelope's existence, and not reached out to help that person as I had done. But if we opt for the former, what is the message we're passing on to future generations?

A Few Thoughts About Divorce And Children: A Picture Speaks Louder Than Words

Mary Banham-Hall | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Parents
Mary Banham-Hall

Parents have to find a way to discuss these and other parentings issues and protect their children from acrimony and avoidable hurt and loss. Mediation creates a safe and neutral place for these conversations to take place. Furthermore, the mediator is highly trained and experienced in facilitating their much needed conversations and can help with formulating new boundaries and ways of communicating and planning that work.

The Most Important Things To Discuss With Your Child Before The Age Of 12

Dr Kathryn Weston | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Kathryn Weston

Arguably no parent is ever ready, nor indeed understands when the time is right to have a chat about the birds and the bees. Truth is, you may not be the first person to have the chat with them, so the earlier the better.

10 Common Adoption Misconceptions Quashed

Gemma Gordon-Johnson | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Gordon-Johnson

In the last few years, the UK has seen a huge increase in those applying to become adoptive parents. This has led to a misconception that there is no longer a need for adopters to come forward. Sadly, this is wrong.

A Porn Stars' Response To Children Accessing Porn

Samantha Bentley | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Samantha Bentley

Blaming porn for children being sexually active and anxious about sex, is a single minded and uneducated view. Snapchat, Tinder, Facebook and even Whatsapp, all give young people an endless platform for swapping messages and photos without their parents knowing.

How Nursery Rhymes Took Over My Life

Oli Reed | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

One day, hopefully many decades from now, I can picture myself rocking manically in an old folks' home (or mental asylum), still haunted by the sinking realisation that the the Wheels On The Bus may never stop going round and round. Or that the Grand Old Duke of York will never stop marching his troops to the top of the hill. Or that I will be Row, Row, Rowing My Boat gently down the stream until i'm clinically insane.

Expensive Costs and Shortages Revealed by Latest Holiday Childcare Survey

Gordon Cameron | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Gordon Cameron

As the schools break up, children all over the country will be celebrating the start of a long summer holiday. For most of their parents however, work and other commitments carry on as normal, except now they have the additional task of finding childcare for the next six weeks.

Comparison Is the Thief of Joy

Laura Rutherford | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

A child who is mentally 12-14 months old in a four-year-old's body is normal to us. But it's difficult for others to understand when his disabilities are - at first - invisible. Because he appears to them to be a typical four-year-old boy. I suppose, apart from the occasional what ifs, this is the hardest part. When other people get it, it's truly a real tonic.

Shake It Off (Or Alternatively Fetch the Imaginary Voodoo Doll)

Laura Rutherford | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

When it comes to pass-remarkable comments to do with my parenting, I've tended to let them go in the past (okay, I'll admit I may have fetched my imaginary voodoo doll once or twice...). Let's be honest, pretty much all parents encounter them every so often, be it for giving in to a tantrum "too easily" or co-sleeping on a bad night.

Daddy Daycare Diary: Home Alone for the First Time

Oli Reed | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

Today was a momentous day for me as a dad, because Gemma popped into the office for the first time since Sonny was born - leaving us to fend for ourselves. For an entire day! Here's how it went...

Label the Action, Never the Child

Katharine Hill | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

We all wear labels from our past; some are easier to read than others. As parents we have an important role in shaping our children's character and bringing correction when it is needed. But as we do that, let's ensure that above all, what they hear loudly and clearly are positive words that will form their identity and build their character for years to come.

Two Rules for Raising Confident Children

Tim van der Vliet | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Parents
Tim van der Vliet

I have two main rules or guidelines... Please let me explain how these very simple guidelines helped my children to become more confident and how they keep me connected with them.

A Letter to My Children - About Our Morning Routine... And Cooperation

Nick King | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents
Nick King

Cooperation is what happens in families. Particularly in the morning. When Dad has already left for work. It's how families work. It's how they ensure certain family members get to play on the X-box or iPad regularly.

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.