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Elaine McLaren

Elaine McLaren
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Elaine McLaren is a 40-something mum of an 11-year-old PS4-obsessed boy (who also happens to be a talented singer, drummer and trumpeter), and an athletic 8-year-old girl who loves to dance. When she’s not ferrying children around, Elaine writes features for the national newspapers and magazines in the UK.

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Parenting style.

How Temperament Influences Your Parenting Style

Everyone is different. Some people like noise and activity; others prefer quiet and solitude. One child might be calm and placid, while their sibling might...

Teenagers’ Political Blogs Are Good For Democracy

Previous analysis by the US-based Pew Research Center indicates that young voters are, on the whole, less likely to vote than older generations were,...

7 Simple Ways To Stop A Child Who Keeps Interrupting You

You could be on the telephone to your boss, talking to a friend over coffee or at the supermarket checkout – chances are, if...
cuddling your baby

Ask The Parents – Can Too Much Cuddling Spoil A Baby?

As soon as your new baby is placed in your arms, chances are you’ll never want to let him or her go. It’s...
things grownups expect kids to do

5 Things Grownups Expect Kids To Do But Don’t Do Themselves

How does it work in your home? Do you set the example for your kids, making sure you follow the guidelines you put in...
down syndrome

“It Was A Terrifying Time” – One Father’s Love For His Down Syndrome Daughter

Our older children, Amelia and Dugald, were aged four and two when my wife, Katy, became pregnant with Matilda. We went for the same...

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