Toddler's

The Emails Can Wait, My Two-Year-Old Needs to Play

Kiran Chug | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

I don't want my son to have to ask me again and again and again all day to play with him. He shouldn't have to ask. I don't want my son to have a kind of resigned sadness in his voice that gives away that he fully expects me to say "later." I don't want my son to give up on me playing with him.

7 Reasons the Beach Is Rubbish (According to My Babies)

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

The Sand. WARNING. This delicious looking crumbly stuff does not taste like biscuit. I repeat it does not taste like biscuit. It took me at least ten mouthfuls to work this out but I can now confirm, without a doubt, that sand is definitely not biscuit-flavoured.

Five Things That Will NOT Help Your Child Do Well at School

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

It's fast-approaching that time of year when many parents will be preparing to send their little ones off to school or pre-school for the very first time...

A Guide to Eating Out With Toddlers and Babies

Kiran Chug | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

Choose a restaurant or cafe based on the food preferences of little people. For the child that only eats rice: Japanese is good. For the child that only eats bread on Tuesdays: Italian may work. If you have one of each of these children, take a packed lunch for the other.

Baby Wearing and the Timid Toddler

Natasha Batsford | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

I've heard it a lot over the last few years, both overtly and also from people telling me the wisdom of their own parenting approach in very pointed tones as if it might lead to an epiphany where I throw out my slings while bemoaning the fact that my children will never learn to walk.

How to Be a Green Parent (And Save a Heap of Money!)

Wendy Graham | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Graham

When I became pregnant a few years ago, as someone interested in green living I was determined to not fall into the trap of having to buy every single thing glossy parenting magazines told me I needed, and save money where possible.

How to Survive When Your Baby Won't Go the F**k to Sleep

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

You are probably going to get fat, have heart disease, anxiety and depression... Despite how bad you might feel, you are not going to actually DIE from lack of sleep. Chances are you won't even pass out. Some days it may feel like you have 'hit the wall' and can't go on but you WILL survive.

20 Things You Can't Do When You're Not A Toddler

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Comedy

Comedians Tripp And Tyler - who previously brought us the Honest Faceboook 'Look Back' video - have struck gold again. This time, with a great little ...

Five Ways to Encourage Your Child's Innate Entrepreneurial Skills

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

If you are the parent of a toddler or teen, the chances are you find yourself in a negotiating situation on a very regular basis. Children at this sta...

Why You Should Never Go to Waitrose When You Have Babies

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Emily-Jane Clark

In fact, some days I don't even feel sleepy any more. So I think I am ok. "I feel fine," I smile to myself sipping on my super strong coffee. "Today I am going to Get Stuff Done." And it is on these days I decide to leave the house. Big mistake.

Learning Through Play Is Vital to Help Children Prepare for Life Challenges

Liz Bayram | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Bayram

We're seeing government and regulators place less and less emphasis on fostering children's emotional literacy and resilience, boosting social confidence and supporting their independence - all of which a play based-approach to learning delivers. These are vital to help children not only become school ready, but life ready, too.

My Daughter, the Anti-Princess

Claire Gillespie | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Gillespie

Does it bother me that my daughter doesn't join in when the other little girls are playing house? Not for a second. She's over with the boys, running faster and jumping higher than she ever would with Cinderella slippers on. In any case, she'll always be a princess in my eyes. A tangled-haired, grubby-faced, puddle-stomping, world-conquering princess.

Are You Suffering From Toddler's Back?

Nick Jones | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Jones

Sleep deprivation is a key cause of Toddler's Back, when you have kids you just don't get to rest like you used to - fact. Our daughter is no fan of sleeping, and despite being a perfect little angel (well almost) during daylight hours, she turns into something of a diva at night. It was during a particularly difficult night time shift this week, when my Toddler's Back really struck.

How to Handle Toddler Tantrums in Adults!

Alice Grist | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Tantrums are not something we really grow out of. We simply learn to act differently within them. But the solutions remain the same. As adults witnessing tantrums the most loving and spiritual thing we can do is to be a beacon of love and patience.

Bad Santa - a Very Modern Christmas Story

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

So we went to visit Father Christmas in his grotto (Knightsbridge outpost). A lovely day out for my daughter and her best friend, were it not for the terror.

Bear and the Toilet Brush

Lana Citron | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

Bear said he was only trying to help. Bear said it was a temptation too much. Bear reached his hand further over the edge, scooped a handful of soil and drew it to his mouth.

Dallas: The American Dream of My Childhood and the Boobs Are Impressive

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

After a day's work I'm taken to watch the Dallas Mavericks basketball game. I love it; glamour, excitement, fast action sport and more than anything, impressively well-endowed cheerleader girls during the intervals.

Lord of the Mums

Steph Weller | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Steph Weller

The yummy mummies are out in force and they're here to form a circle with their clique. They hang out where you want to take your child at every group, swimming club and play centre around. Crikey! I'm grateful to be working because if I was a stay-at-home mum my self-esteem just may hit an all-time low.

Toddler Groups and Keeping It Real

Sarah Lothian | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Lothian

Tired mums will be hauling their lively offspring back to parent and toddler groups around the country this week after the long summer break. Most gatherings provide an ideal chance for adults and children to socialise and let off steam. But some are probably best avoided

The One With It All Over the Place

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Georgy Jamieson

I was still inwardly crying and screaming as the now clean boy snuggled next to me with his milk and stories and even later on in the evening when I poured a glass of wine and shuddered at what had happened.

The One With The Holiday Packing

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK
Georgy Jamieson

At the end of last week I was delighted that Tesco Magazine published a review article I had written for them, all about a weekend away in the New For...

The Indignity of Indiscipline (And Why Too Much Parenting Advice Leaves Me Bemused, Confused and All Out of 'Instinct')

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

During a brief stint teaching, my shoes were captured and held to ransom by students. I don't remember the detail of their demands, just that I was h...

Why A Deadline Is No Friend of the Toddler: It's Physics

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

The faster one travels, the slower time moves. We know this from Einstein's theory of relativity. So if something is moving incredibly slowly - a todd...

What Was the Most Memorable Experience?

Linda Barker | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Barker

"What was the most memorable experience from your childhood?" is a question that is often asked of us and I think that no matter what the answer is it is usually something which we did for the first time which pushed us into the unknown in some way and gave us our first adrenaline rush.

Childcare Is a Delicate Balance of Quality as Well as Cost

Liz Bayram | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Bayram

In recent weeks, the debate around reducing childcare costs and improving quality has been confused. This has been most evident in the More Great Childcare proposals to increase adult:child ratios in nurseries and to change them in childminding settings. This is the clearest indication yet that for the Coalition government, cost is the biggest driver for change, not quality.