New mothers are suffering needless trauma and anxiety due to Covid-19 restrictions during pregnancy and birth, according to a campaign group trying to reform strict Department of Health rules. The Mothers Matter #marchformaternity Campaign group is urgently calling for Health Minister Robin Swann to reconsider the safety rules governing theRead More →

The global pandemic and lockdowns on top of all the usual life challenges can affect children just as much as adults. To mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Catherine Lynch provides six stepping stones, and free downloadable resources, to help parents support youngsters to develop good mental health. Read More →

Anxiety in children is not a new condition and it is perfectly normal for children to develop specific fears and phobias as they experience the world for themselves. As children grow, so can their anxiety – especially when big changes take place. It’s only when these anxious feelings start toRead More →

February may be the month in which we celebrate love, but it doesn’t stop our little cherubs from having the occasional meltdown and uttering those three little words we don’t long to hear: “I hate you!” Rebecca Schrag Hershberg offers some calming words of wisdom on how to – andRead More →

With recent data from the NSPCC’s Childline service showing that children as young as four years old are displaying signs of panic attacks, anxiety and depression, Alicia Eaton believes it’s becoming crucial for today’s parents to equip themselves with the ‘first aid’ skills that will support their child’s emotional wellbeing.Read More →

Children have an innate urge to play from birth right through to the teenage years. Freely chosen play (play which is directed by children) is critically important for all children as part of their everyday lives and access to quality, unstructured play is proven to help improve children and youngRead More →

Alongside the joy and wonder of raising a child, the frustration and pitfalls of parenting also require navigation –often on a daily basis. Given that childhood is a short season, and parenting is far from easy, could mindfulness help us to lean in and be more present? International barrister, mindfulnessRead More →

Despite the constant warnings from parents, teachers, charities and the police about staying safe when using the Internet, this summer a survey of 2,000 children revealed that almost a third of children aged eight to 13 have given out personal details, such as what school they go to, their emailRead More →

Sometimes important life lessons that kids need to learn, like good behaviour, aren’t on the school curriculum. Jennifer Scott, author of the New York Times bestselling Madame Chic series, has turned her sophisticating talents to help children have fun while mastering the basics of manners and good-old fashioned politeness…  Read More →

“Why?” is the refrain of many curious children: “Why is the sky blue?”; “Why do I have to eat my broccoli?”; “Why can’t I stay up watching movies all night?” Rachel Poulton explores why getting philosophical with kids can be an illuminating insight into what they really think… More oftenRead More →

Most parents will argue in front of their children at some point. It can be difficult to think clearly when emotions are running high, but how you handle these conflicts is crucial for your child’s wellbeing and their understanding of how relationships work says Tanith Carey… Scenario:During an argument with yourRead More →

Social media is infiltrating children’s lives in a completely new way, and no doubt many of those old enough to have their own smartphone will be snapping and sharing all summer long.  Leanne Maskell says there are the top five truths which you should teach and talk about with your child:Read More →