Toddlers

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

Liz Bayram | Posted 02.04.2014 | 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 26.03.2014 | 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 20.03.2014 | 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.

A Toddler's Day at Nursery

Julie Lightley | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Lightley

I thought it might be a good time to share one of our team's "Day in the Life of..." blogs. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did, and I hope that it also highlights the positive experience that the right person, with the correct attitude, knowledge, experience and training, can bring to a child's day at nursery.

WATCH: Blowing Bubbles - Not As Easy As You Think

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Comedy

The saying "Big bubbles, no troubles" may have been true of Hubba Bubba - but it doesn't appear to be the case for this poor little girl. Because t...

A Baby and a Backpack in Paris - Why Travelling Alone With a Toddler Is Nothing to Fear

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Armstrong

It is written: travelling (alone) with a young child will inevitably lead to trauma. Turns out that's bunkum. It's a far greater strain to have your world shrink suddenly at the point of giving birth than to witness toddler meltdown on the Eurostar. Even when it's rammed.

'Off the Shelf' Employment Support Fails Single Parents

Caroline Davey | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

While some media might have us believe that most single parents are shunning work in favour of a 'lifestyle' on out-of-work benefits, the reality is starkly different. Single parents are highly motivated to work. After all, they're the sole breadwinners for their families - families which face twice the risk of living in poverty than those headed up by a couple.

Ten of the Best Toddler Reads for World Book Day

Zoe Armstrong | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Zoe Armstrong

There is, I hear, a thing called 'extreme reading'. From what I can tell, this involves being photographed wielding a book in an odd - preferably unco...

WATCH: Toddler Vs Kitchen Cabinet Doors

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Comedy

Kids! They do the funniest things. Such as: shut kitchen cabinet doors when you tell them too. Suckers! And this video shows one adorable toddler b...

What the Kids Are Watching: The Best of Toddler TV

Corinne Purtill | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Corinne Purtill

For the benefit of those without children or cable, here's a quick primer on what the kids are watching these days. (Kids under three years old, I mean. Not teenage 'kids'. I genuinely have no idea what they're doing. Just planking and sexting each other, as best I can tell.)

The Case for 'Time Out' Childcare

Ruth Ball | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Ball

Being a parent is hard. In fact, let's just be honest about it, it's really hard sometimes. We often don't admit it, except to our closest friends and family, but it's probably the most challenging part of our lives. A recent survey by the NSPCC reported that in the first eight weeks after birth around three in five mothers felt isolated with no one to turn to, and two in five mothers even admitted to 'getting angry' with their baby. And this is before they've even started walking and talking!

Childcare Ratios Need to Be Relaxed if We Are Going to Make Lasting Change

Ben Black | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Black

Having children with a French wife, I have experienced the childcare provided in France, and am happy to see the proposal bring us closer in line with other European countries. It's not about reinventing the wheel but learning from those who are already there, and making it work for us.

Liz Truss, You're So Wrong!

Julie Lightley | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Politics
Julie Lightley

As someone who is responsible for running four nurseries - between them registered to look after over 290 children under the age of four - I can honestly say that plans to increase the amount of children that staff can look after gives me great concern.