It’s not his party, but he’ll cry if he wants to

By Sarah Sprules I am a mum of two children who have Asperger’s Syndrome. My son is a thin and gangly 9 year old and my daughter is a 4 year old, who is short and slightly more rounded than her brother. (One of these days, I will send them to a fancy dress party […]


New Year

New Year, new you

By Jason Russell It’s coming to that time of year again; New Year, new me, and all that jazz. The gym companies entice you into binding contracts by offering you a free start-up month, dieting companies sell an advertising campaign which says you can look like Beyonce in three weeks, and you promise yourself you’ll begin this […]



Parenting by the power of a pen

By Kathryn Carr I’m a first time mum-to-be so what do I know about parenting? After little over a year together, my partner Paul and I discovered there was to be a surprise addition to our rather comfortable twosome. I cried, not because I was upset but because that’s what shock can do to you. […]



New research shows breastfeeding cuts cancer risk

By Claire Tinston Mums put under pressure and given advice from all quarters – including Nigel Farage A major international report published this month has found that breastfeeding mums cut their breast cancer risk by up to 20 per cent. The benefits of breastfeeding for the baby have always been widely reported, but now the spotlight […]


Keeping up with the Joneses

Keeping up with the Joneses

By Jane Grimshaw “Please, mum, I really want one. All my friends have got one!” Does this sound familiar? If it does, then you’re certainly not alone, as many parents now face the ongoing challenge of having to keep up with their children’s friends. It’s difficult as a parent to see your child looking miserable […]


Potty training

Potty training your toddler

By Sam Hornby As a parent, there are many moments where your little one will make you laugh out loud, chuckle to yourself and make your heart swell with pride and joy. There are also times where you think, “this is so hard”. One such area is potty training. There are many articles on the […]


Toddler tantrums

Tackling toddler tantrums

By Elena Gobatova Tantrums happen to every child, no matter how obedient and quiet he or she is. Some rapidly get over them at the age of 2-3 years old, others ‘get stuck’ there for a long time. There are children who even being at their school age can fall down on the floor in […]


Baby names

The baby naming game

By Jacqualine Kurio In the run-up to the birth of your new baby, one of the most common questions for parents-to-be from family and friends is “Have you thought of a name yet?”. Whether browsing in the Parenting section of bookshops and libraries, searching online or asking loved ones, the sheer number of suggested ways […]


Home birth

Top tips for a home birth

By Nicki Davy Picture the scene: You’ve carried your baby for nine months, and you finally reach the end of your pregnancy. You’re equal parts excited and nervous. Your labour begins – but instead of going into hospital, you stay at home. Your own home; your own bed; your own belongings. Eventually, your own baby […]


Becoming a mum

The time of my life

By Jaine Pickering “I’ve booked you in for an appointment with the geriatric consultant,” said my doctor. “Don’t worry, you can’t miss it, it’s right next door to the memory clinic”. And so began my journey towards motherhood at the age of 40. Labelled a ‘geriatric mother’, having begun my ascent up the stairlift to […]