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Understanding how to be your child’s ‘emotions coach’

As a parent, you have a central role in helping your child learn and develop essential skills. It's not easy sometimes helping your child learn how to tolerate frustration, or learn how to calm down and behave acceptably in society. The best way for your child to develop positive emotional wellbeing is by developing a positive relationship with him or her. But sometimes we forget that these skills have to be learned just like reading, writing or riding a bicycle. Children aren’t very good at...

Top 5 favourite parenting blogs

Parenting blogs provide insight and tips from parents on a wide range of topics. There are, of course, a ton of good parenting blogs out there. Below you’ll find a handful of our favourites, covering everything from travelling with kids, adoption and alternative parents, these blogs are just the tip of the iceberg. Bookmark your favourite parenting sites as a handy reference for any situation. Going Green If you want to take an environmentally friendly approach to parenting but don’t know whe...

Getting the family school-ready

Whether they’ve started a new school, moved up to primary or secondary school , or even just moved up a year, this time often brings about a mixture of excitement and nerves for both children and parents. The fear of the unknown can be daunting but there are plenty of ways you can prepare both yourself and your children for the rest of the school year. Learn the school calendar No matter what age your child is, it’s very useful to get hold of the school calendar as soon as possible and enter...

Summer holiday fun for all ages

The summer holidays can be difficult enough to keep filled with fun activities – but what if you have a range of ages to deal with as well? Mixing toddlers, kids and pre-teen options can fill many parents with dread, but we think some good ol’ fashioned fun is the way to keep it simple and easy this summer. A day out at the park, an outdoor concert or festival, a big picnic…these are the usual suspects, which seem to work for all ages for a reason, the entertainment comes from getting out of...

Parent or friend; can you be both?

Can parents really be friends with their children? Or is it better to be the ‘best’ mother or father you can, and leave being their ‘best’ friend to their actual friends? We’re not going to pretend there’s an easy answer; unfortunately there isn’t a definitive yes or no in any parenting bible. But, don’t fear, we’ve picked out some phrases that you may be familiar with, from your children, offering tips and advice to help you deal with it in a way that works for you.  “You’re so embarrassing”...

Prioritising you: A guide to healthy, stress-less parenting

“I simply don’t have any time to myself”, comments a busy mum, rushing her child to the park with a buggy full of shopping. We’ve all been there. The kids are busy and they are getting busier. The food lists are growing and so is the washing pile. Working, dog walks, family days out fill the diary and before you know it, the weeks are flying past and it’s time to book the haircuts, dentists and optician appointments. In the midst of it all, you wonder, “What about me?” You’re not alone. Paren...

Top tips to a happy summer holiday

Pleasant, carefree family-time to recuperate from a busy academic year. Or a grouchy trip complete with niggles, grumbles and the odd full-blown row? Family summer holidays have their highs and lows, but here are 5 steps to help avoid the pitfalls and make the most of much-needed time together. 1. Book a holiday that suits your family Balancing parental objectives with the needs of children can be tricky. Mums and Dads itching to share the cultural wonders of the world with their children...

Summer holiday survival guide for parents

With the school summer holidays just around the corner, most parents are mentally preparing (and booking) various activities to help the time go a little smoother.  Whether you are working or not, the summer holidays are a time of earned relaxation for the children but are hardly that for parents. With another full year of school under their belts, children look forward to lazy days, picnics, trips to the park with friends and the occasional day trip. And that’s just the first week! How can...

The difficulties of being a new dad

There is no denying that being a new mum is incredibly physically and mentally challenging. However research has shown that many dads can struggle with issues like postnatal depression too. Some feel they cannot reach out for help, finding that support is usually focussed on mothers. All these thoughts and emotions are valid, and there is support out there for dads who need it. Fears and emotions during pregnancy Learning that you’re becoming a dad is obviously a life-changing moment. It’s...

Seven Tips to Alleviate Sibling Rivalry

When your kids argue, do you feel like the referee? If you are blessed with more than one child, then it won’t be a surprise to you that siblings bicker, pester and fight once in a while. Siblings don’t get along all the time. But when is it too much? Often there are issues surrounding who does what, how old each child is when certain freedoms are granted, whether or not things are fair, etc. Not to mention the more basic, annoyances such as, ‘he’s staring at me too much’ or ‘she won’t let me...

The Importance of Dads

It’s nearly Father’s Day, which prompts us all to remember the dads in our lives. Of course, many children now have a different experience than the traditional model of fathers coming home from work late, watching TV, and waiting for mum to call for tea. But with the ever-changing landscape of parental leave, parental rights and flexible working, what does this mean for the importance of dads? The Changing Role of Dads New research suggests that fathers spend less time at work now and mothers...

Fortnite: Battle Royale – Harmless gaming craze or something to worry about?

Say “Fortnite” to any child over the age of eight, and the chances are that the reaction will be much more than a flicker of recognition. If that child isn’t already playing the game, then a friend probably is. Since its launch in September 2017, Fortnite has become the fastest growing game in history with 45 million players to date. What makes it so fun? The premise is fairly straightforward: Fortnite is an assassin style game where 100 players (all logged in together) are released via...

The stigma and the joys of Shared Parental Leave

Hey dads, did you know that you’re allowed to share 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay with your partner after you have a baby, thanks to Shared Parental Leave (SPL)? And did you know you’ve been able to do this since April 2015? If you didn’t, then you’re not alone. Recent government estimates have shown that since its launch 3 years ago, only 2% of eligible parents have taken advantage of SPL. SPL allows parents to flexibly take time off separately or to be at home together for up to six...

Why it isn’t all about the kids

When was the last time you put your needs over that of your children? Do you spend your free time pursuing interests that keep you happy, healthy and sane or is that time spent largely on your child, driving them from one activity to the next, overseeing homework, managing their social life, endlessly consulting their opinion or negotiating tasks? Family therapists call this style of parenting “child-centred”.  While this might sound like a good thing; an antidote to the authoritarian style...

Life’s so unfair: a parent’s guide to the teenage brain

Some days, it takes the patience of a saint to parent a self-centered, moody and seemingly lazy teenager. In a nanosecond their mood can flip from one extreme to the other. What is going on with them? - And how should parents react? We’ve gathered insight from leading neuroscientists and psychologists to offer parents the following survival guide. It’s all in the frontal lobe The frontal lobe area of the brain which controls cognitive skills such as emotional expression, problem solving,...

How to ensure your child has a healthy relationship with social media

Is social media “ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”? These are the words of a former Facebook executive, who recently expressed regret and guilt over his part in building tools for the social media network that are “destroying how society works”. His comments were made shortly after Facebook’s founding president Sean Parker admitted to knowing they were creating something addictive that exploits a vulnerability in human psychology from the outset. The aim, he says, was alwa...

Help keep Childcare Vouchers open

Earlier this year we set out to support a petition to keep Childcare Vouchers open after the 2018 planned closure date and thanks to your contribution in signing and sharing the petition we have now reached over 110,000 signatures! This means that the issue will now be considered for debate in Parliament on 15 th January. However, our cause doesn’t end here. Every MP has people in their constituency that signed this petition. We need to make sure that they know about it and are willing to spe...

Critical Thinking

Enhance your child’s educational development with critical thinking skills Fake news, email scams, a workplace dominated by artificial intelligence these are just some of the reasons we need to ensure our children can think for themselves, with a healthy critical mindset. The great news is that children are natural born, creative thinkers, and critical thinking is a skill that we can all learn. We’ve rounded up the latest ideas and resources from educational experts to help develop this basic...

Would your child benefit from fewer presents this Christmas?

As a parent, it’s easy to fall into the trap of spoiling your kids with lots of gifts, especially at Christmas. They may enjoy it at the time, but it isn’t long before they become greedy and start to expect presents rather than appreciate them. It’s a natural reaction to want to please your children, but the negative effects can outweigh the positive if there’s no limit to what they’re allowed to play with. Children can become ungrateful when they have too many toys, which can affect their...

Black Friday Bargains

Black Friday, 24th November, is when the UK’s biggest retailers slash their prices. In fact, some retailers will even extend their sales throughout November. This is the perfect opportunity for you to save on Christmas presents for the family without breaking the bank. For some, Black Friday might conjure up images of shoppers camping out for days to be first in line, or desperate brawls over the last TV. But do not fear - you don't need to take out a new life assurance policy to shop the...