8 Things Parents of Kids with Allergies Wish You Knew

Like all parents, I sometimes worry about my children when they are out of sight. Did they look both ways before crossing the road? Who are they talking to online? Are they really coming straight home from school?

Some parents have worries that go far beyond that, because the dangers their children face are seemingly benign … and yet they are everywhere. We talked with affected parents, and asked them what the main things are that they, as parents of kids with allergies, wish you knew.

Ham and Leek Pie

Fed up cooking the same things week and week out? Our #SimpleTastes series by Asha Fowells aims to widen your repertoire, with quick and easy family meals. This week’s recipe is all about the leeks, so is eminently suitable for vegetarians, but if you have some leftover gammon, ham or cooked chicken, it beefs it up (if you’ll pardon the pun) and stretches it that bit further.

6 Quick Family Meals from Store Cupboard Ingredients

If you are one of those organised persons, who makes a menu plan for the week ahead, and never needs to do a Ready-Steady-Cook style forage of the kitchen cupboards, look away now. This is not for you. This is for those of you who, like me, randomly chuck ingredients into their shopping trolley, and decide on a day to day basis what they will make for dinner.

Is Your Child Dreaming of the Stage?

‘Don’t you want to get a proper job’, is a sentence that children who pursue artistic careers often hear. It’s not a totally unreasonable question; parents want their kids to be happy, but we are also aware of the harsh realities of life, and worry that they won’t be able to pay the rent (if they ever move out!).
If your kids are dreaming of the stage, how do you balance enthusiasm and encouragement with caution and sensible advice?
The author of our upcoming book on #12Women of the Stage, Sarah Whitfield knows and understands both sides of this conundrum, and has some fantastic advice.

Menstrual Cups and How They Can Help Girls Stay in School

In developing countries, the longer girls stay in school, the rosier their future.  When girls are educated, they tend to marry later and have fewer children, which improves their chances of surviving childbirth. They are more likely to be able to work, and generate income for their families, and their children are healthier, and more likely to go to school. The knock-on effects of longer schooling for girls is felt by the entire community.

The recently released results of a Kenyan study on menstrual cups and girls’ education show just one of many ways to help girls stay in school.

The Truth About Instagram and Self-Esteem

If you believed the headlines about the social networking site Instagram and self-esteem, you’d snatch the smartphone from your daughter and never let her open the photo-sharing app ever again. “Most depressing social network”, “killing your self-esteem”, “Instagram Envy!”… were just a few of the articles I found when searching for information.

More than any other network, Instagram is criticised as a social media site that damages self-esteem. It is creating a generation of selfie-obsessed teen girls, whose only aim is to receive at least 100 likes on their uploaded photos. When their photos aren’t valued by their peers, the girls develop self-esteem issues, which damage them in other areas of their life.

It all sounds pretty scary, but what is the truth behind the headlines, and what can parents do to help their children to use Instagram to boost their confidence rather than dent it?