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Ask the expert: How can we ease my son's hay fever?

18 million people in the UK suffer from hay fever, a number that is growing year on year

25 April 2017

The pain of pollen season is upon us and for many youngsters that means sneezing, itchy eyes and feeling miserable

Gig For Life to honour youngster who defied the odds

After beating cancer, Jacob made it to the top of Scafell Pike

10 April 2017

Having beaten cancer, nine-year-old Jacob Butler will be getting up on stage at next month's charity concert alongside 10cc and Toploader

More than half of kids think their parents have super powers

Spider-Man is our favourite superhero - just ahead of Batman

27 March 2017

A survey of 1,000 children reveals 55% reckon their mum and dad could be secretly out fighting crime and saving the world

Protect your family from the silent killer

Parenting vlogger Anna Whitehouse is backing the CO Be Alarmed! campaign

19 March 2017

Although the average parent spends over £200 on safety equipment to keep their kids safe, a third don’t have a life-saving carbon monoxide alarm.


Soft play centre closes without warning

A sign in the Snappy's window

08 March 2017

Parents have been left out of pocket and birthday parties cancelled after centre was closed without notice.

Giovanna Fletcher: 'All of us mums are just winging it'

Giovanna has two children with McFly's Tom Fletcher

06 March 2017

The hit vlogger and novelist reveals the heartache of her miscarriage, the joys of parenthood and the prospect of working with her pop star husband

Maternity services downgraded at hospital

Stock image: Poorer mums-to-be will be hit hardest by the changes, opponents say

03 March 2017

A maternity day unit is closing following a review of maternal services.


Father stages county court protests in bid to see son

Paul held a Dads Against Double Standards protest

27 February 2017

A dad who has not seen his son for three years mounted a one-man demonstration to show his determination to keep fighting for contact

Frying pans at the ready!

Millions of us are looking forward to making and devouring pancakes with family and friends on Tuesday

23 February 2017

Races, recipes and tasty facts: Going flat out for Pancake Day

Millions of children’s lives at risk as parents don’t know first aid

Twenty two per cent of mums and dads have no baby or child first aid knowledge

23 February 2017

New figures show that more than 60 children die in accidents in the home every year – but a quarter of parents have NO first aid knowledge whatsoever

Tiny gasps of breath saved my baby

Tiny Jacob with mum Jane shortly after his birth

16 February 2017

A storyline in Coronation Street has helped highlight a campaign to register stillborn babies younger than 24 weeks.

The vagina mono-logins

Lots of women have unanswered questions about their health

06 February 2017

The past year has seen an increase in paid-for online GP services, and the latest digital-doc service to launch is online gynaecology

I’m dreading the party politics

Charlie and dad Jay celebrate Noah's first birthday

03 February 2017

My Kent Family blogger Charlie O'Brien finds herself in a cold sweat about keeping up appearances with the perfect kids' birthday party.

Join the 2017 Race for Life

The Pink Ladies at Mote Park last year

30 January 2017

Women across Kent are being urged to take up the challenge and register for one of four Race for Life events in the county

Plaits to pirouettes: 50 things only dads with daughters know

Roller skating is all part of being a dad - if you've a daughter

24 January 2017

Plus Strictly, skipping, skating, cartwheels, the Macarena and the difference between pink and fuchsia

What will parenting look like in 2017?

Touch is vital to a child's development and wellbeing

09 January 2017

From free-range parenting to downtime away from those ubiquitous devices - here's the trends mums and dads need to be aware of in the next 12 months

Revealed, the personality traits you inherit from mum and dad

Virtues such as honesty, integrity and tolerance are most likely to come from mothers while courage, laziness and a good sense of direction come from fathers

09 January 2017

If you're angry and impatient then you probably need to blame your dad


One in four children in poverty, says report

Model used for the front cover The Children's Society Autumn 2016 report.

05 January 2017

A Kent constituency is one of the worst for the number of youngsters living on the breadline, a charity says.

Learning to embrace disability

Ramya Kumar and Rishi

03 January 2017

It's all too easy to avoid what you don't understand. But when that's a child with a learning disability, such a reaction can be devastating.

The top 25 dilemmas families face this Christmas

Will you be pretending to like your presents on Christmas Day?

19 December 2016

Pretending to like your gifts, arguing about what to watch on TV and slow wi-fi - just some of the issues (and rows) families face this festive period

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