Worried about your child’s mental health? Here’s how to spot the early signs

Authored by Mary

Children as young as six are suffering from stress. Claire Spreadbury talks to Dr Preethi Daniel about the warning signs, and how you can help.

It’s all too easy for families to get caught up in the Ferris wheel of life. And it’s not just the adults who are struggling to keep up. If you Google ‘depression in children’, the NHS will tell you that one in four young people will...

What children should be learning about saving the planet

Authored by Paula_D

Understanding green issues is arguably even more important for children than it is for adults, as children have longer to live with the consequences of the damage humans are doing to the planet.

Research shows 78% of parents believe it's important for children to be educated on sustainability and the preservation of the environment, and the majority think such education should start...

Nine ways to get picky children to eat more vegetables

Authored by Paula_D

Parents have traditionally battled to get their children to eat vegetables, but it seems the tables have turned, as increasing numbers of children are eating their greens, and plenty of other colours of veg.

Research by Birds Eye found almost a third (32%) of parents of children aged between four and nine years said their children would eat just about any type of vegetable, with...

Nine things you'll find out if this is your first Christmas as a parent

Authored by Paula_D

Now you've got a baby, it's officially acceptable to be as excited as a 6-year-old this December.

Christmas is one of our favourite times of year, and once you've got kids, suddenly it feels fine to act like a child again. Present shopping brings with it a positive yelp of joy, as opposed to a begrudged sigh, and everyone wants to be at your house this year. A baby's first Christmas...

At what age should children be allowed to wear make-up? We asked an expert

Authored by Paula_D

If you're someone who keeps up with the Kardashians, you'll know that in the past, reality star Kim has shared a variety of social media posts showing her daughter North wearing make-up – including bright orange eyeliner and black lipstick.

The six-year-old even appeared on the cover of Women's Wear Daily's beauty special earlier this year, sporting her signature bright eyeliner look...

Ask an expert: Could using social media be affecting my daughter’s mental health?

Authored by Ed Barker

A doctor offers guidance for parents on talking to kids about how social media might be making them feel. By Lisa Salmon.

My 13-year-old daughter spends a lot of time on social media and often seems anxious, depressed and moody. I don’t know whether it’s just because she’s being a ‘normal’ teenager, or whether her mood is negatively affected by her social-media use. She’s not easy to...

More than half of children have 'fear of failure' – 10 ways to help them beat it

Authored by Paula_D

It's natural for parents to want their children to pursue their dreams. But sadly, a fear of failure is holding many youngsters back, and often they don't even try to achieve their goals because they're too frightened they won't succeed.

New research has found that more than half (57%) of children aged four to 12 years old have a fear of failure, and that fear has prevented almost a...

Nine ways to protect children during a bitter divorce

Authored by James Carter

Children can be used as weapons when their parents separate. Family experts explain how to shield them from the stress of a bitter split.

It’s estimated that 42% of marriages end in divorce, and sadly many of them are bitter. But what’s even sadder is when the separating couple’s children get dragged into the fight between their parents, and are used as emotional weapons, which can...

Danny Jones: Exercise is so important for children – it helped me cope with school bullying

Authored by James Carter

The Voice Kids coach opens up about how exercise helped when he was a child, and how he’s helping school kids get active now.

McFly frontman Danny Jones loves being part of a team.

Whether that’s on TV, with the group of talented children he’s built as a coach on The Voice Kids, playing football for team England in last month’s Soccer Aid, or parenting, with his wife and...

Ask an expert: How can we keep our relationship strong after having children?

Authored by Paula_D

Claire Spreadbury catches up with relationship expert Lucy Beresford, who reveals the importance of making time for each other.

It’s easy for parents to become wrapped up in the everyday. But when you’re enormously busy juggling kids, work, admin, housework and general life, how do you keep the love alive between you and your partner?

“It’s vital that parents make a...