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How to talk to children about adoption

Alice Hayes, Senior Case Manager from the Find-A-Family adoption team at Barnados says, for an adopted child, talking about their adoption doesn't need to be a momentous occasion, it should be an ongoing dialogue based on their level of understanding.

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Helping struggling families in need

At times we have all known families who are struggling and perhaps wondered how to approach them with offers of help, while many other families suffer silently refusing to admit to anyone they're in need. So how can we help our vulnerable families?

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How to balance motherhood and business

Research which surveyed 1900 entrepreneurs, reveals that women who own their own businesses face many added challenges in balancing the roles of being both a parent and a businesswoman, putting in 50+ hours of childcare each week on top of their jobs.

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What happens to marriage after children?

Being aware of the stresses that parenting can bring to a marriage or partnership and how to recognise them, learning to be flexible and resilient and knowing when and where to seek support, can all work to strengthen and stabilise relationships.

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The secrets to successful co-parenting

Learning to co-parent with an ex-partner can be exhausting, infuriating and challenging to overcome built up resentments, but the rewards of joint parenting or shared parenting are great if you can apply empathy, patience and open communication.

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Alcohol and Parenthood: An MCRI study

An international study has found the traditional combination of marriage, mortgage and children no longer has any impact on men’s drinking, while motherhood only prompts women to reduce their alcohol intake until their child turns five.

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Working mums and juggling time pressures

Time pressure on mothers has become a ticking time bomb says sociologist Dr Judy Rose, with many women with children experiencing the phenomenon of 'mother guilt' for not living up to society's unrealistic expectations of what a good mother should be.

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The unique challenges of fathering alone

Parenting can be a challenging experience, but for a solo dad those challenges can be amplified. Experts say the key is to reach out to family and friends, finding and accepting help or support rather than battling through tough times on their own.

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