PARENTS frequently complain that it’s unfair to invite a whole class of children to a child’s birthday party bar one – but this mum definitely disagrees. In an emotional – and shocking – post on Mumsnet, one user revealed why she believes it’s OK to purposefully omit one child from after school festivities. In a post titled ‘For those who say it’s cruel to not invite one child to a class party’, she listed in graphic detail the hellish experiences her daughter had had at the hands of a class bully, and why she would never invite that child to any social events. Ercoldiningchair wrote: “Those of you who say never exclude any child from a class party. Not even one and not even if they are a bully - you’re wrong, in my opinion and based on my experience. “My child was bullied so severely from nursery up to 3rd year at secondary that children have been excluded and have criminal records for GBH and more. “It … [Read more...] about This mum says it’s OK to snub one child from a birthday party – but is she right?
MOST mums know when their kids are up to no good even if their little ones swear blind they've been well behaved. But now a body language expert has revealed the three signs to look out for that show that your kids are lying to you. Nearly all mums will have experienced their youngsters telling little white lies, especially if they know it will get them into trouble. And psychologist Judi James says that all you have to do is look into their face to see if they are telling the truth. She told express.co.uk: You’ll often get big wide eyes, raised brows, and ‘I didn’t do that’ and then suddenly you’ll get little denial gestures that actually aren’t so little, like a little funny facial expression with the mouth." Meanwhile she also revealed the other two signs to look out for in a fibbing youngster. She explained how they usually go for big lies such as insisting it wasn't them doing a naughty thing or sometimes they will reveal the truth but only with … [Read more...] about Want to know if your kids are lying to you? These are the three signs to look out for
THEY say that all newborns do is eat, sleep and cry when they need something. And mums have been admitting that their babies bore them and they only really start enjoying their kids when they are older. It came after one mum took to Mumsnet to ask if it was normal that she didn’t enjoy it when her daughter were still in the “baby stage”. She wrote: “I don’t enjoy them depending on me for their every need and I find myself daydreaming about DD1 (dear daughter one) being a few years older and being able to watch movies with her and having more conversation. “Just wondered what age you started to really enjoy your DC (dear childrent) or have you just loved every minute from the newborn stage and I’m just a selfish, s**t mum!” But far from other mums questioning her parenting stage, many agreed that newborns are just boring. One said: “I don’t enjoy the baby stage. For me, it’s from about 3 onwards, once they are old enough … [Read more...] about Mums admit that babies are boring with one even saying she only starting enjoying her kids when they were EIGHT
WHEN courageous Tegan Dyason stepped through the school gates dressed as a girl for the first time, it was an emotional moment for mum Michelle who was both losing a son, and gaining a daughter. Tegan, 8, was born a boy and lived as Tom until she came out as transgender aged just six. Speaking to the Mirror, Tegan admitted that slipping into a school skirt rather than trousers made her "a million per cent happy." The youngster finally admitted to her mum that she felt like a girl after an incident in the playground left her in tears. Tegan had always enjoyed playing with toys and games that were more traditionally seen as 'girly' but when another child called her 'gay' Tegan was devastated. She said: "I told them I wasn't gay – I was a girl." Tegan was born in May 2009, a younger brother to Josh who is three years older, but growing up the boys clearly didn't share the same interests. 'Boys' toys were rejected, sometimes thrown across the room, and instead, Tegan chose … [Read more...] about ‘Wearing boy’s uniform made me sick,’ brave eight-year-old speaks out about being transgender in primary school
A DAD is warning parents to look out for croup as his son lies in hospital fighting for his life. Little Reuben Humphreys, three, is in intensive care at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary after a simple cough severely deteriorated. Now his dad Owen Humphreys, from Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, is urging parents to be aware of croup – a condition which hits the windpipe, airway and lungs. Just days before Reuben had been on a family holiday to the Lake District with Owen and mum Stephanie Koch. Owen told the Newcastle Chronicle: “Within 24 hours he went from a happy little boy running around on holiday to being in intensive care. “I’m a dad and I had never even heard of croup.” Croup is a childhood condition that affects the windpipe (trachea), the airways to the lungs (the bronchi) and the voice box (larynx). Croup can usually be diagnosed by a GP and treated at home. However, if your child’s symptoms are … [Read more...] about Boy, 3, fights for his life in hospital as dad warns parents about danger signs of ‘barking cough’ croup
EXPERTS are gathering in Dublin this weekend to discuss the future of blindness treatments, but will light be shed for families like Edith’s now? While potential cures from stem cells to bionic eyes sound promising, for the likes of Edith’s parents it seems a long way off. Born with the sight condition retinal dystrophy, Edith has just five to six per cent vision. But the smart five-year-old takes it all in her stride and is “a brilliant detective”, relying on memory and other senses to make her way through everyday life. She’s even learning conventional reading and writing skills in junior infants, which she studies in parallel with braille. Retinal dystrophy is genetically inherited yet her parents Neasa and Colin still don’t know what gene caused the condition. And as they’re both carriers, it means there’s a high chance they could pass it on to another child. Despite this, they’ve never been offered genetic counselling and … [Read more...] about Mum of Irish girl fighting blindness tells how cures are needed now
A MUM has penned a brutally honest account of what child birth is really like and says that she became so tired she forgot how to push. Author Zoe Foster Blake recently gave birth to her daughter Rudy, who is her second child, after a 13-hour labour. And now the mum-of-two and beauty expert has decided to go public with her experience so other expectant mums can be prepared for child birth. In a blog post called 'A Labour, Birth and Post-Natal Questionnaire', Zoe explained that when her labour first started, the first four hours were easy. She wrote: "My contractions began at 2.30am and were pretty pathetic til about 5.30am, when I reluctantly called my mother-in-law to come over to look after our toddler. "I say reluctantly cos I had been in frustrating pre-labour for a week, and while the contractions were every eight minutes, they were mild, so I didn’t want to be the boy who cried wolf when I got to the hospital." However, after four hours she went to the maternity ward, … [Read more...] about Mum gives brutally honest account of labour, including being so tired she FORGOT how to push
A FURIOUS mum asked Mumsnet if Claire's Accessories was wrong to be selling BDSM-inspired chokers aimed at school children and got a VERY mixed response. User TheActualMarilynManson was horrified when she saw leather-look chokers with metal studs and rings being sold in the popular tween store. But it wasn't only because she thought it was wrong for children to be dressed up as consenting sexual slaves. She also felt that that particular area of sexual kink had been "damaged" enough by films like Fifty Shades of Grey without children now unintentionally parodying her subculture. As all outraged mothers do, she headed straight to Mumsnet to ask other parents if she was being unreasonable to "to think it's inappropriate to sell these in a shop aimed at pre-teens?" She wrote: "For starters, anyone who knows what these items are intended to be used for will not buy one from Claire's Accessories. "Secondly, I don't know a person over 13 who buys anything from this shop, they are unlikely to … [Read more...] about Mum claims Claire’s is selling ‘BDSM’ choker for kids… but others disagree
THE top ten most awkward moments for parents caused by their children has been revealed. Research carried out on 1,500 parents has found the embarrassing moments take place once every three days, amounting to 132 awkward experiences for families each year. At the top of the list was pointing out a stranger’s looks, closely followed by staring incessantly at a stranger and telling someone something private said about them. The study, carried out by Pukka Pies, revealed that four in ten children have previously exposed private family information including how much mum weighs and what dad earns. But despite the cringe-worthy months, nine in ten parents said they simply laughed off the experiences and put them down to their children having “personality”. And it isn’t a one way street, as 50 per cent of parents admitted to purposely embarrassing their own children. Pukka Pies spokesperson, Lindsay Filmer, said: “As a busy mum I’ve experienced a fair few … [Read more...] about We reveal the top ten most awkward moments for parents from their kids — how many are yours guilty of?
THIS is the heartwarming moment an 11-year-old girl finds out she is going to be adopted by her foster family of two years. Little Tannah Butterfield, from Utah, USA, was so overcome with joy that she jumped into the arms of her school’s office manager Jackie Alexander the moment she heard the news. “All that excitement, joy and happiness that you see in Tannah went right through to me,” Jackie, 45, told ABC News. “We could not quit embracing. She just held me tight. It was pure joy at its finest.” Jackie has known year 6 pupil Tannah, of American Heritage of South Jordan school, for two years. Earlier this month, on October 2, she received a phone call from Tannah’s foster mother Jen Fisher – who asked Jackie to tell Tannah the happy news that she and husband Jeff were allowed to officially adopting her. Posting the CCTV video on Instagram the following day, Jackie wrote: “Some Mondays are better than others. I share this … [Read more...] about The heartwarming moment a girl, 11, finds out she’s being adopted
A WOMAN took to Mumsnet to ask if it was acceptable to lie to get IVF provided on the NHS – and was slammed by users of the site. The lady, who goes by the username of LittleMissNew, explained that she has been desperately trying and failing to have a baby with her partner naturally. Her partner’s child, nine, lives with the pair and this has sprung up a moral dilemma when it comes to her qualifying for free IVF on the NHS. She explained on the Mumsnet thread: “I started going to the doctors saying we have been TTC [trying to conceive] for over a year she asked if we had any previous children living with us. “I said no, and she said ‘good’, because otherwise you can’t have IVF on the NHS if you do. “I know morally I'm being wrong but I desperately want a baby and we can't afford IVF and to say that I can play parent to his DC [darling child] couldn't be further from the truth, I have no say in what she does or doesn't do and she doesn't … [Read more...] about Woman asks if she should LIE to get IVF on the NHS… and Mumsnet users are fuming
IT is a devastating experience that no parent should ever have to go through. The loss of a baby causes untold heartbreak and despair. Mums and dads who have experienced this pain have opened up about the things you should never say to a person who has experienced such a loss. It is estimated that one in six pregnancies in the UK ends in miscarriage, according to stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage charity Tommy's. And it is not always easy to help a friend of family member through such a traumatic time - finding the right words can prove difficult. A survey of parents who have experienced baby loss by Channel Mum has revealed that many of them have been left devastated by insensitive comments. Charlie, who has suffered two baby losses, said you should never say: "Well it wasn't a proper baby." Bella, who has lost six babies, said someone once said: "In my day we just treated it like a heavy period and got on with it." Lorraine, who has suffered three miscarriages, explained … [Read more...] about Grieving parents reveal the things you should NEVER say to someone who’s suffered a miscarriage
PARENTS have shared the hilarious notes they’ve received from their kids – and a number of them make for some pretty sinister reading! From apparent attempts on their life to heartbreaking promises if they’re made to clean their room, these children don’t hold back. One note from “Catherine” reads: “Good morning, I see my assassins have failed,” while another asks mum Valerie to “get out of my life”, accompanied with a drawing of an axe. And one warns: “If you put a password on that I will make your life a nitemare (sic).” Thankfully some of them express affection for their loving parents – though often with a sly ulterior motive. Hopefully the mums and dads on the receiving end took their little ones’ cheeky comments with a heavy pinch of salt… Meanwhile you’ve got to hand it to these cunning kids whose hilarious fake notes to get out of school didn’t quite manage … [Read more...] about Parents share the outrageously cheeky notes they’ve received from their children
POSH has revealed she feeds Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 12, and six-year-old Harper seeds toasted in organic liquid aminos as a tasty snack. That’s right, you heard me correctly, toasted SEEDS – like the stuff you chuck to hungry hens or pigeons. And liquid aminos, if you are wondering, is a gluten-free replacement for soy sauce. Delicious and nutritious I’m sure. But if my kids came home from a hard day of schooling and I thrust a bowl of bird food under their noses, my 11-year-old, Finnbar, would call emergency services. While I take my hat off to Mrs Beckham for the impressive motherly magic of getting her offspring to stomach this tuck, it is not the norm for most families. The second my crew are through the door they chime: “I’m hungry.” I try to block it out for as long as possible. But when it gets to one of them looking as though they might faint from not having eaten for three hours, we head to the kitchen. Of course, I’m not … [Read more...] about You don’t have to copy Victoria Beckham and give your kids seeds as a snack
HOURS after the Duchess of Cambridge debuted her baby bump at a charity gala, a forensic artist has predicted what he or she might look like... and they're royally cute. Joe Mullins studied recent photographs of Kate, William and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte before using computer wizardry to conjure up what their next child might look like. Should the couple be blessed with another little Prince, predicts that he will be blonde and blue-eyed with a strong hairline, like big brother George. The cute lad has also inherited his dad's pursed lips, and steely gaze. However, there are clearly some Middleton features sneaking in thanks to a pointed chin and pinchable rounded cheeks. The forensic imaging specialist also predicts that a daughter could inherit plenty of Kate's features, including her nose and eyes. With her dirty blonde hair cropped in to a bob, the image of the couple's third daughter looks nothing like big sister Charlotte. Charlotte's her mop of brown … [Read more...] about Is THIS what Will and Kate’s third child will look like?
AN 11-year-old Dorset boy, who has only ever eaten custard, digestive biscuits and baby food, is having hypnotherapy, so he can eat his first ever Christmas dinner this year. Selective eater Josh Grove, of Dorchester, who has restricted his diet to just three food types since he was 14 months old, refuses to even put other foodstuffs in his mouth. His school lunchtime supervisor mum, Lorraine, 44, said: “He’ll come into the kitchen if I’m cooking and say it smells really nice. I ask him if he wants to try it, but he just can’t. “He’ll touch food, but he simply can’t put it in his mouth and doesn’t know why.” He really wants to overcome his problem and sometimes he gets really upset about it, which is hard for me, as his mum, to see.” Lorraine and his car body shop driver dad Stephen, 51, first realised there was something wrong just two months after Josh’s first birthday. She said: “He was really ill during his … [Read more...] about Fussy 11-year-old boy has only EVER eaten custard, digestive biscuits and baby food… and now he wants hypnotherapy to cure him
AT first glance it looks like an adorable play area that kids would have a great time in. But according to parents, this shopping centre playground is brimming with danger, and has the potential to physically and emotionally harm their children. When bosses at Melbourne's Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre posted up pictures of their new and improved play area on Facebook, they weren't expecting such a ferocious amount of feedback. Parents told them that the play area wasn't safe as it wasn't closed off to the public - meaning their children could escape or would be left vulnerable to predators. They also pointed out that the slide access was solely through ropes that weren't suitable for children of all ages to climb. Some claimed that the floor wasn't sufficiently padded in case a child fell and that the front of the climbing frame was closed off with sharp chicken wire. One parent, Marie Mcglone, commented that the play area had reduced some children to tears because access to … [Read more...] about Parents are enraged by this ‘unsafe’ play area… but can YOU see the hidden dangers?
YOU will be forgiven for thinking sex toys serve one, very worthy purpose. But for one new mum who was struggling to breastfeed, her vibrator provided a whole different kind of relief. There’s plenty of discussion around the health benefits of breastfeeding for mums and bubs, not to mention the bond it creates with your little ones. But one in ten mums who breastfeed their children will develop mastitis – an agonising condition that causes the breast tissue to become red and inflamed. New mum Danielle had suffered mastitis four times with her nine-month-old son and had tried everything from heat packs to hot showers and pumping to improve her milk flow. But she came up with a rather unique way to help ease her pain – using a vibrator to help unblock her milk ducts. Kidspot: “I am weaning my son at the moment and had blocked ducts for a day before using the vibrator for ten minutes. “I was worried I would get mastitis again but I haven’t … [Read more...] about New mum uses her SEX TOY to make breastfeeding easier – and it worked a treat
As many as 70 per cent of parents and children do not have a weekly evening at home while 15 per cent manage to set aside time to be together less than once a month. Yet almost half (40 per cent) of the 1,000 parents questioned admitted feeling at their most contented after spending a relaxing evening with their offspring.They also think there should be at least 11 hours of quality family time a week - the equivalent of two nights – but a busy work life and time spent on Facebook or Twitter gets in the way.More than a third (37 per cent) agreed they need to prioritise family time more, found the poll by confectionary group Cadbury. With our hectic, 24/7 lives, it’s never been so important for families to take time to sit down together, relax, play and enjoy Corinne Sweet - relationship psychologist Corinne Sweet, a relationship psychologist, said: “With our hectic, … [Read more...] about No time for family: Parents no longer spend time in with their children
VIKIE Shanks is the focus of a new documentary on Netflix about mental health and disability. But who is she? Here’s what we know… Vikie Shanks is a mum-of-seven from Kenilworth, Warks. Her husband, who suffered from mental health issues, killed himself ten years ago, leaving her to care for their seven kids alone. The former model has written a book about her life and now runs autism support group Autism One On One. She has also somehow found the time to campaign against HS2. Vikie lost her husband Paul Shanks – who was suffering from depression – to suicide in 2007. The mum told the BBC she knew her husband had been struggling with his mental health in the years before his death. But her troubled partner said he was going to take his own life so often that she no longer took the threat seriously, according to the Kenilworth Weekly News. He reportedly left a long suicide note in his car and phoned cops to tell them of his plans before heading into Crackley … [Read more...] about British family with seven children who lost their dad to suicide are the subject of a heartbreaking new Netflix documentary