UK Families

Is It REALLY Harder Raising Boys?

Kathryn Player | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents
Kathryn Player

Do you prefer to deal with complex emotional problems which will result in barrels loaded with whine(ing). Or do you prefer jumping around like an oversized robotic Tigger to keep up with a boy? The irony of this post is that even if we did have a preference, we certainly don't get a choice.

Troubled Families - A Flawed Approach To A Potentially Worthwhile Programme

Michael Shanks | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Michael Shanks

So while the headlines today are right on the money, let's not lose sight of the elements of this programme that could work and that must form the basis of future programmes to support these vulnerable families across the United Kingdom - including lessons for work in Scotland. If we do, we'll be failing them all over again.

From Tipping Point To Solving The Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

According to the Care Quality Commission's annual report, care is approaching a tipping point. But will it be the tipping point for sustainable change or for a complete collapse of the care system?

Let's Celebrate The Sons And Daughters Of Foster Carers

Martin Barrow | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

Foster care really is a family commitment, and would not be possible without the selflessness, determination and courage of so many children and young people. They give so much, and often learn from a tender age how hard life can be.

Woman's Note For Family Who Keep Switching Heating On Is Hilariously Passive Aggressive

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Nothing divides a family quite like central heating. While some family members (usually the bill payers) think it’s acceptable to live in an igloo, ...

Girls From Poorer Families Are More Likely To Start Their Period By 11

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Girls from low income families are more likely to have started their period by 11 years old than their more wealthy peers, a new study has found. Res...

But Think About The Siblings - Screening For Down's Syndrome

Beckie Saunders | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Parents
Beckie Saunders

There will always be room for Alice in our home if she wants to come and stay for a while or live with us longer term. The same offer will be open to my younger brother if he wants to base himself with us and we'll always come to the aid of my sister and her husband if they need us.

Policeman Helped Struggling Toddler In Heartwarming Way

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Parents

A policeman found the perfect way to settle a crying toddler and the heartwarming moment was caught on camera. The member of Indiana State Police expl...

Dad Recreates Daughter's Modelling Shoot With Hilarious Results

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When Kendal Divarco won a modelling competition she was invited to take part in a photoshoot in Green Valley resort in Las Vegas. Little did she know ...

Why We Actually Need to Recruit Foster Carers

James Cleary | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK
James Cleary

There will always be a need for new foster carers and we ought to look at that positively, every child and teenager is different, they deserve a truly broad and diverse range of carers to be matched with in order to give them the best chance of a good outcome in care and achieving success in their lives.

Parents Are The Best Ones To Decide What Goes Into Packed Lunches

Brook Whelan | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Politics
Brook Whelan

New research published in the last few days suggests less than 2% of children's packed lunches meet the government's nutritional standards. We can offer an obvious explanation for this. The reason why less than 2% of packed lunches meet the government's nutritional standards is because parents have worked out what their children like and what they don't like for their lunch.

Woman Gives Step Dad The Most Beautiful Birthday Surprise

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Gabriella Lynde’s step dad has been by her side through thick and thin, so she decided to do something extra special for his birthday. Instead of so...

89-Year-Old Steals The Show As A Bridesmaid At Her Granddaughter's Wedding

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

An 89-year-old has fulfilled her lifelong ambition of being a bridesmaid by walking down the aisle at her granddaughter’s wedding. Maureen Carney, ...

Women Empowering Girls: How to Enrich Our Future Generation of Women

Melody Pourmoradi | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Parents
Melody Pourmoradi

I believe that as women, it is our innate responsibility to pay it forward by further paving the way for our young girls so that they too can dream without limits and achieve without resistance. There are so many colorful ways that we can stand strong as women and plant seeds of confidence, fearlessness and empowerment for all

Families Must Adapt To Thrive

Matt Harper | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Parents
Matt Harper

thriving families.jpg The dynamics of families can change, the dynamics will switch and I'm very lucky that within the Harper clan this has always been how we've worked. A family can only work if it adjusts itself to suit each person in it.

8 Things That Children Never Forget As Adults

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Parents

When we think back to our own childhoods, our clearest and most cherished memories are often those spent doing quite ordinary things with the people w...

Dads Rock in Prison

Thomas Lynch | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

Time and time again research shows us that children need their fathers, their grandfathers. Where there is love there is hope and the ability to continue to have strong, positive relationships no matter what barriers are in place. I see the love and hope every week, it flows through the barred windows and the cast iron doors. There is humour, there is tension, there is opportunity for the dads to be more and be better.

Italy's Threat to Vegan Parents Is an Attack on Human Rights

Elena Orde | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Elena Orde

Vegans are used to having their beliefs challenged, to having to work harder to get other people and institutions to accept their child's needs. As it is this needs to change, but threatening parents who are trying to give their children the best start in life with imprisonment is unacceptable.

Why 5.30am Is the New 9am for Home Working Parents

Claire Shiels | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Shiels

thriving families.jpg Having spoken to other home working parents, many of you reap the benefits of this early start, not just during school holidays but every working day. 5.30 am seems to be the most popular time for opening up the laptop and I suspect it has become the new 9 am for our breed of workers.

Escaping to an Island

Fiona Chandler | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Parents
Fiona Chandler

thriving families.jpg A seemingly spur of the moment decision, we decided to escape and have an adventure with our four little ones. I knew only too well that life was too short to put it off. This decision changed the way we lived immediately. For all of us.

Saying Goodbye to Our Family Social Worker

Martin Barrow | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We have said goodbye to our family social worker, who has retired after a long and distinguished career with the county council. She has been with us since we became foster carers some years ago, and has been at our side through thick and thin.

'Business As Usual' Is Not Good Enough for Carers

Beth Britton | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

That last point, which for many gets to the heart of why the ambitions for the Care Act aren't being realized, is certainly a fair reflection of the current climate. However, for me, finding solutions is as much about creativity as it is requests for more money. Carers do amazing work in their unpaid role, and as a society we need to show the same resolve in finding ways to support them.

Aunt's Heartbreaking Tribute To Niece Killed By Brain Cancer

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A heartbroken aunt has said goodbye to her seven-year-old niece in the most touching yet heart-wrenching tribute. The woman, known only as Taisce on I...

Hacienda Petac ~ Where Petals Promise Peace and Paradise

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

We did not know it at the time, but as we drove through the open gates of Hacienda Petac, we were entering an embrace with Paradise.

How YOU Can Support Foster Carers and Children in Need

Martin Barrow | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Martin Barrow

If you feel drawn to reading this blog, hopefully it is because you are thinking of becoming a foster carer. But even if there are reasons why that is not possible for you there are many ways you can support foster carers and help children in need. Here are just a few...