PARENTING

Duchess of Cambridge

As Kate speaks out here are six helpful apps and podcasts for new mums

Being a new mum is stressful. Between round-the-clock feeds, disrupted sleep and fears that you’re ‘not doing it right’, it can be all too easy to feel overwhelmed.

It’s something that many mothers can relate to – even the Duchess of Cambridge. The parent-of-three has spoken out about the lack of information available for new mums in the first few years of their child’s development...

Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon says she feels really fired up and energised

She’s become one of the nation’s favourite TV personalities as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing and now Britain’s Got Talent – but Alesha Dixon has never hidden the self-doubt and lack of confidence that troubled her in the past.

Now in her 40s though, things have changed a lot on that front. “I feel I’m on the brink of a new era, a new decade and a new adventure,” Dixon, 41, reveals...

Mum shouting at her son

How do I stop shouting at my kids so much?

I know I shout at my kids too much. How can I discipline them without shouting, and help us all get along better?

Paediatrician Carlos González, a father of three and author of Kiss Me: How to Raise Your Children With Love, says: “Who’s the one shouting all the time? Who’s the one in need of discipline? You’re an adult, you have the experience, the knowledge, the mind balance. You...

Girl scared

Most common phobias parents pass onto children revealed

The UK’s largest online platform for childcare providers, parents, schools and tutors has revealed the most common phobias passed on from parents to children.

The survey of more than 4,000 parents and guardians by Childcare.co.uk discovered that Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, and Social Phobia, a fear of social situations, are the most common phobias parents share with their...

Children with asthma

Is it safe to send my asthmatic child back to school?

My son isn’t shielding but has asthma. Am I putting him at risk by sending him back to school?

Respiratory expert and GP Dr Andy Whittamore, Asthma UK (asthma.org.uk) clinical lead, says: “Going back to school after a long break is usually an exciting time for children. Understandably, parents of children with asthma are more concerned this time round, and may be worried about...

Teenager at home on phone

How do I stop my teens from just drifting now they’re off school for such a long time?

My teenage children don’t go back to school till September, and while they’ve reluctantly done some schoolwork at home, they’re mostly just getting up late, playing computer games and drifting. How can I realistically get them to use their time better over the next few months?

Hannah Abrahams, leading educational and child psychologist on the Zoono Family Panel, says: “Young people...

Celebrity Robert Webb's new book

Robert Webb says we fight like any other couple, but using stupid voices

Comedian and writer Robert Webb, 47, who rose to fame with David Mitchell in Peep Show and That Mitchell And Webb Look, recently recovered from a heart operation and is relishing family time with his wife, fellow comedian Abigail Burdess and their two children Esme and Dory.

He writes from his home in London in between school hours, and has just penned his first novel, Come Again....

Get crafty with the kids

Ten fun craft projects you can do with the kids

When the stress of homeschooling starts to heighten, crack out the craft – easy, fun projects are great for encouraging kids to be creative, and can be relaxing too.

Get involved if you can, as focusing on just one thing can be wonderfully mindful, while your children will love spending quality time together. And if the mess stresses you out, choose an option you can do outside on a...

Family life, children arguing

How to get young children to listen to you and stop fighting with their sibling

No matter how accomplished a parent you are, there will still be stressful times when your child doesn’t listen to you, fights with their sibling or is simply naughty.

And how you handle those crisis points is crucial both to your child’s development and your parenting experience.

The parent-child relationship can benefit from using some stress-free psychotherapeutic...

Anita Rani Channel 4 Parenting

Anita Rani: Miscarriage is still such a taboo subject

Parenting is one of those subjects that everyone has opinions on, from the food we should be feeding kids to how we discipline them. And now there’s a brand-new show on Channel 4 in which mums and dads can compete to prove their way is how everyone should do it.

Each episode of Britain’s Best Parent? will see three different sets of parents showcase their individual parenting...

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