Raising Children

Sibling Rivalry - it's in the Genes

Dr Helen Driscoll | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK
Dr Helen Driscoll

Petty fights in the back of the car, temper tantrums over the possession of a favourite toy, irrational jealousy over who is the family favourite - squabbling brothers and sisters have infuriated parents for generations.

The Terrorism Talk - What Every Parent Should Know​

Tremaine du Preez | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Parents
Tremaine du Preez

If you're a parent of enquiring minds you've had to face the terrorism question. If you're lucky it was only, What is a terrorist?. If you're less lucky you had to satisfy, What is ISIS? and if you're downright unlucky, your offspring demanded an explanation for, Why does someone kill for ISIS? Honestly, I'd rather have the S.E.X talk than this one.

The Ultimate Stitch Up: Six Things They Don't Tell You About Having a Baby

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Parents
Sarah Tetteh

Speaking to expert midwives, I've heard that some mums are plunged into depression if they don't get to have their water birth they've dreamed of. But if your baby is breached, or has another medical emergency then be prepared to adapt and quickly for the sake of your unborn child.

The Mummy Fear Factor

Jude Coy | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Parents
Jude Coy

Before I became a mum, I thought I knew what fear was. I believed I had felt it and experienced its debilitating force. I now know I was wrong. I would give anything to go back to the time when my biggest fear was sleeping through my alarm and arriving late for work. Or forgetting to pay my landlord his rent on time.

When Your Son Leaves Home

Memuna Forna | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Parents
Memuna Forna

Watching your son grow up is a great joy. Watching your son prepare to leave home is a journey of tiny painful steps. He used to call me when he left school and he would chat on the phone until he arrived home and could tell me all about his day in person. Now I'm not always sure if he is in the house.

Hairy Changes After Two

Julia Burness | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents
Julia Burness

Being in my late thirties with a toddler to chase after, I felt exhausted during the second pregnancy and absolutely wiped out after the birth. It was a physical and mental challenge going from one to two.

Why Do We Colour Code Our Kids?

Kate Pietrasik | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents
Kate Pietrasik

Using children as a marketing tool with pester power and peer pressure to get parents spending is a sly trick played on us by the marketing departments of big corporates like Disney. Persuading consumers to buy a pink and a blue version of everything to comply with the gender rule results in those companies doubling their profits!

What's Your Parenting Style?

Katharine Hill | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

Children can see where the boundaries are and so feel safe, accepted and loved. They have room to explore, to grow in independence and to push against the boundaries in the knowledge that they are there for their benefit.

Parents, Ask Yourself: What Does a Good Job Really Look Like?

Katharine Hill | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Parents
Katharine Hill

If you are a mum parenting with a dad, try to back off a little and allow dad to be involved. And dads, find ways to engage with the routine jobs - meal times, bedtimes, the school run - as well as the fun and games (important as that is).

Why I Let My Five Year Old Daughter Wear Make Up

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Parents
Louisa Leontiades

I try and make it one of many expressions of herself. I say it's important to remember they are only masks and you can always take them off. And I tell her, it's far more important to know who she is beneath them because the only true friends you make are those with whom you don't have to wear any mask... at all.

Seven Ways to Get Better Answers from your Children About Their School Day

Isabelle Lee | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

A parent's impression of their child's school day can be rather nebulous, and so I thought I would share a few techniques I've developed to get a bit of a firmer idea of what their school day is like.

Learning From Your Mistakes - It Takes Practice

Isabelle Lee | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

I'm not a perfectionist about everything - one look at the state my house is in most of the time can tell you that. But I can be hard on myself when I make mistakes. I have even been known to avoid a situation rather than risk making mistakes or making a wrong choice.

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.