Parenting

Coding is fun: here's how to ignite the developer spark in children

Basic coding fundamentals are no longer optional for high school graduates who want to excel in the modern workforce. Every child won’t grow up to be a developer, but the ability to understand how computers and AI work is important in almost every industry – and becoming more so every year.<p>Luckily, …

Kids

Woman secretly dry-nurses granddaughter behind daughter's back - and people feel uncomfortable

Elizabeth Gooden is a mum of four, step-mother to another four children and also a grandmother.<p>Not only this, but there's only 11 months between her …

Babies

Poo, nits and handsy dads: what childcare professionals think about your kids

Every day our little darlings pass through the hands of experts: the doctors, party entertainers, nit nurses, teachers and nannies. But behind the warm smiles, how do they really feel about our kids – and about us, the parents? Assured of anonymity, they reveal all<p>The nit nurse: ‘We never judge the …

Muhammad Ali

Julie Bowen: ‘I Am Confused As To Why Tori Spelling Has Five Kids’

Julie Bowen was asked to name a celebrity mom that she admired. Unfortunately, the <i>Modern Family</i> actress drew a blank. The 47-year-old told <i>Us Weekly</i> …

Celebrity News

Oxford researchers say it's okay to grant your kids more screen time

If you’re concerned about your children spending too much time on their devices, or fretting about how you’ll keep them off their phones long enough to develop into well-adjusted adults, a new study suggest you may not have to worry too much.<p>After speaking with parents of kids aged two to five in …

Technology

Does Excessively Checking Your Phone Affect Your Kid Later In Life? Why, Yes

With smartphones at our fingertips, quite literally, it's easy to get sucked into the constant updates, notifications, apps, games, emails, work, …

The Ultimate Last Minute Gift Guide

With so many products out there to choose from, the Scary Mommy editors wanted to put our favorites together and <i>hopefully</i> make it ultra easy for you …

Shopping

4 Ways to Teach Your Kids Gratitude — and Keep Them From Being Spoiled

Many children learn to say "please" and "thank you" at an early age, but truly instilling a sense of appreciation in a child goes beyond teaching …

How a holiday memo from the Girl Scouts on hugging opened up a debate on consent for children and families

Ahead of the holiday season, the Girl Scouts bestowed an eye-opening gift on parents of daughters: a crash course in consent.<p>"Reminder: She doesn't owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays," read a memo from the 105-year-old American organization, published online last month.<p>The Scouts' parenting …

Girl Scouts

Calvin And Hobbes Taught Me Everything I Need To Know About Feminism

<i>Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail.</i> …

Calvin and Hobbes

Ask Amy: It’s time to put ‘a book on every bed’

<b>Dear Readers:</b> This is a special day for me, because this is the day I take a break from hosting your questions to advocate for a cause that is very near and dear to me: literacy.<p>In my long career as a writer and reader, I have volunteered in classrooms, libraries and prisons, reading with others …

Lifestyle

Dear Abby: I don't want mom to spend Christmas alone

<b>DEAR ABBY:</b> My parents have been divorced for 15 years. Dad is remarried; my mother lives alone.<p>My brother and I alternate holidays every year, and …

I got an ATAR of 99.85 but the true high achievers are my parents

I remember sitting in a classroom 13 years ago ready to start kindergarten, eager to learn the English alphabet and how to count to 100. I thought I …

Owe

Eddie Redmayne snapped up for a festive CBeebies bedtime story

He might be an Oscar-winner, but Eddie Redmayne’s latest role couldn’t be further removed from all those award-nabbing blockbusters.<p>Because the actor …

Eddie Redmayne

My son’s friend is smothering him – emotionally and physically

I have also observed that other boys in the class leave the two of them alone and don’t try to interact with my son

News (Ireland)

600,000 children don't live with both natural parents: CBS

The number of children in the Netherlands who don’t live with both their natural parents has risen 200,000 to 600,000 over the past 20 years, …

Netherlands

Dear Mary: It’s time to speak out against my husband’s awful silent treatment

I hope that I can convey my sadness and anger at the emotional destruction my husband has caused to me and my now adult children. My husband and I …

News (Ireland)

Doing my Part for the #MeToo Movement by Raising my Sons to Respect Women

I was raised by hippie parents. And by hippie I don’t mean fun-loving, pot-smoking, free-loving flower children. Mine were more of the hard-core, …

Lifestyle

Autism at Christmas: 'My son likes to lock himself in his room'

<b>For many children Christmas is the most exciting time of the year, but for those with autism - and for the families who look after them - it can be an extraordinarily challenging period.</b><p>Some of the simplest joys associated with Christmas, such as opening presents or eating turkey, can become …

Santa Claus

The Challenge's Cory Wharton and Cheyenne Floyd Reveal They Have a Daughter Together

MTV’s next generation of reality stars is here.<p>Cory Wharton and Cheyenne Floyd of <i>The Challenge</i> have revealed that they share a child, a 9-month-old …

Celebrity Babies

Dad Makes Hilarious Ornament Commemorating Daughter’s Holiday Tantrum

There’s no such thing as “picture perfect” family holiday fun<p>Christmas season is meant to bring out the best in everyone, as we gather together …

Christmas

Birthday Parties Are Confusing for Little Kids—Here's Why

The world looks a lot different through the eyes of little children. And according to a recent study in <i>I</i><i>magination, Cognition, and Personality</i>, the …

Mum sparks HUGE debate after complaining over photographs being taken at child nativity

One mum has kicked up a fuss over her child's nativity play [Getty]<p>One mum has taken to Mumsnet to voice some serious concerns over her child's …

Nicholas Hoult

10 Movies Parents Thought Were For Kids (And Were SO Wrong)

What Went Wrong With The Original Star Wars Trilogy<p>Published<p>34 mins ago<p>on<p>Dec 17, 2017<p>5 Times Disney Animators Got LAZY<p>Published<p>35 mins ago<p>on<p>Dec 17, …

Movies

Cornwall's Unmumsy Mum Sarah Turner shows the reality of childbirth with brutally honest pictures - Cornwall Live

We all have rosy pictures of the joys of having children.<p>The delight of first setting eyes on your newborn cannot be summed up in words.<p>But …

Pregnancy

15 Times Mum and Dad Screwed Up (and Everything Turned Out Fine)

Sometimes bad things happen to good parents, leaving us to feel — for the moment — completely and totally inept. In the first year, it can happen in …

Childcare workers voice their own 'factory farming' fears

STUFF<p>Childcare workers slam own workplaces<p>A poll of mostly teachers involved in the pre-school childcare industry has found a quarter wouldn't let …

Jacinda Ardern

The joy of a toy

A wind spinner that splinters. A car with its metallic paint peeling. Brightly-coloured plastic balls that go into the mouth and sometimes in the …

Kids

In Quebec 1st, MUHC gives grieving parents a new way to say goodbye

CuddleCot, a cradle that is also a refrigerator-coolant, allows parents time to process loss of a baby<p>Désirée McGraw lost two babies, one in 2008 and …

Babies

Teach Kids To Nickname The Fears That Won't Go Away

When I hear from adults who live with anxiety, many say that the only thing that helps is not trying to get rid of the anxiety completely, but …