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How to succeed as a working parent

A recent report* declared that working parents splash out £2,000 a year on ‘bribes’ for their children as it emerges that four in ten parents spend less than seven hours a week with them.  Half of these parents buy guilt presents for their childre...

Posted on 19 March 2015

How can I be a Great Dad?

With governmental changes to Shared Parental Leave there is a greater emphasis on fathers and the role that they play than ever before.  However, with the pressures of work, being a father and having the time to engage with your children is not an...

Posted on 16 April 2015

Have you got a Calcium Kid?

And I don’t mean the film ! Far too many children aren’t getting enough calcium. In fact, one in eight 11-18 year-olds aren’t getting the recommended amount , and it’s a big problem. We need calcium for strong bones and teeth, especially during...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Don't go cold turkey...

Christmas dinner’s only just out of the way, but don’t swear off the turkey for too long. It’s a great way to help make sure your children are getting enough folate. This nutrient is one of a group of B vitamins and occurs naturally in foods, thou...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Cheesed off?

A new survey out this week highlighted that cheese can often contain more salt than you might think. Read a good summary of the response in the Guardian . Most kids love cheese, so what’s the best way to use it in a healthy diet for them? Here are...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Five a day for kids: Mission Impossible?

Five a day. On paper, it doesn’t sound too scary, does it? But for loads of parents who email, call and write to us every day, I know that even with the news of pledges from supermarkets, caterers and retailers this week under the Fruit and Veg...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Letters on lunchtime

Bonfire night may have been and gone, but it seems that time for lunch is still causing fireworks for some parents who’ve contacted us recently. We’ve been emailed by several mums and dads who are worried about their children not getting enough ti...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Make 2015 the year of eating well

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? Did ‘Dry January’ end for you on Saturday the 3 rd ? How about some resolutions that really pay off? Here are the Children’s Food Trust’s top tips on helping your child to eat better in 2015. Try them all...

Posted on 30 January 2015

Warning to parents: employing nannies or other carers may come at a cost

Did you ever imagine when you engaged someone to look after your child that you would become responsible for their tax, NI and now pension? I’ve been talking with parents that directly employ someone to care for their child and have discovered man...

Posted on 01 July 2015

What do parents of successful children have in common?

I’m guessing as good parents we share a universal goal of wanting the best for our children.  We’re not looking to raise uber competitive child prodigies hothoused to boiling point.  We just want them to have the optimum chance of success and...

Posted on 21 June 2016

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,...

Posted on 09 April 2018

Preparing your child for a new baby

A new baby means big changes for the whole family. Second (or third) time around, you’ve got a pretty good idea what’s coming. But your toddler has no idea what’s about to hit them and there’s a good chance they won’t particularly like it when it...

Posted on 20 September 2017

Goodbye junk food, hello home cooking

Maggie Sims MBE runs The Children’s Food Trust’s national Let’s Get Cooking programme. In her latest blog she asks why, given all of the evidence, there’s no mention of cooking skills in the government’s childhood obesity plan?  Cooking as a famil...

Posted on 19 October 2016

Guide for trouble free sleepovers

More commonly referred to as “work of the devil,” a sleepover can strike fear into the heart of even the most fun loving parent.  It’s not unusual, given the mayhem, mess, lack of sleep, and subsequent grumpiness the following morning, to hear...

Posted on 09 April 2018

Back to school

Long, lazy days, filled with day trips, late nights, and an ever-sliding routine are what make the school summer holidays. But as the days draw in and the autumn term looms, here’s how to tackle that tricky transition back to structured days and...

Posted on 24 August 2017

Majority of parents want to keep access to Childcare Vouchers

Ninety-eight per cent of parents would like access to Childcare Vouchers to continue alongside the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme, according to a survey by the Childcare Voucher Providers Association (CVPA). Over half of the 17,000...

Posted on 02 October 2017

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...

Posted on 14 December 2017

The Benefits and Dangers of Co-Sleeping

Co-sleeping with your child; is it a vital bonding experience for parents and their children? Or is it dangerous and to be avoided at all costs? What is co-sleeping? Co-sleeping can refer to a number of set-ups including placing a cot alongside yo...

Posted on 08 May 2018