PARENTING

Celebrity Joe Wicks at home

Joe Wicks says he has learned patience and tolerance while weaning his daughter

Weaning your child can feel like a daunting prospect. What will they like? What if they choke on something? What if they throw the lovingly-prepared food across the room?

Joe Wicks – aka The Body Coach and now everyone’s favourite online PE teacher – says he felt exactly the same before introducing his daughter Indie, who turns two in July, to solid food.

“I was in the same...

Martin Freeman talks about his uncompromising comedy, Breeders

Martin Freeman: You go through life thinking you are a good person and then you become a parent

New Sky Original comedy Breeders is billed to explore the paradox that every parent knows but never admits: that you would willingly die for your children, but often you also want to kill them.

“The series is based on things that happen to me as a dad,” reveals star Martin Freeman, noting it’s “trying to be a bit darker and more thought-provoking about life as a parent.”

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What is the best way to help my baby learn to talk?

My baby is 12 months old and is just starting to speak. Is there anything I can do to help her learn to communicate better or more quickly?

Infant language expert Dr Robert Titzer, founder of Your Baby Can Learn and an expert speaker at The Baby Show https://www.thebabyshow.co.uk , says: “I suggest parents apply the following principles that have been shown in studies to enhance...

The five biggest parenting trends for 2020 and the biggest worries mums and dads have about their children

The UK’s leading online platform for parents and childcarers has revealed the top parenting trends for 2020, along with the biggest worries for UK parents going into the new year.

A survey of more than 5,000 parents and guardians of 0 to 16 year-olds has found that limitations on children’s social media use and screen time is the biggest trend for 2020, followed by dismantling gender...

Ask an expert: What's the best way to keep my child healthy over winter?

A pharmacist explains how to keep children's immune systems in peak condition to help protect them against winter bugs and maintain their health.

What's the best way to boost my child's immune system over the winter?

Pharmacist Anshu Kaura, from Lloyds Pharmacy, says: "There are a few ways in which you can try to prevent your child from getting poorly. The first of these is...

Ferne McCann: 'I know who I am now – being a parent definitely teaches you that'

Reality show Ferne McCann: First Time Mum is back for a second series, following the life of the former The Only Way Is Essex star as she brings up her daughter alone. Georgia Humphreys finds out more.

In the first series of First Time Mum, we saw the early stages of Ferne McCann learning to be a mother to daughter Sunday.

The 28-year-old reality star – who appeared in The...

Gary Barlow on parenting: 'Sometimes I'm a good dad, sometimes I'm terrible'

He was only a teenager himself when he first found fame with Take That and now lead singer Gary Barlow has teenage children of his own.

The singer-songwriter has three children – Daniel, 18, Emily, 16, and Daisy, 10 – with his wife Dawn. The couple also had a stillborn daughter, Poppy, in 2012.

Barlow – who was recently announced as the new face of Osiris Eyewear at...

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

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...

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

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...

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