UK Families

Society Must Face Up To The Cost Of Foster Care

Martin Barrow | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

I think that it is particularly difficult for foster carers to express their frustration over allowances because there is still a widely-held belief among the public that fostering and money should never be mentioned in the same breath. That we do it for the love of the children, and that is a reward in itself; and that foster carers should not be motivated by money.

Thousands Of Children Will Sink Deeper Into Poverty As Cost Of Living Outstrips Benefits, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Politics

Thousands of children will sink further into poverty by the end of the decade, a new report has warned. Parents on benefits could be as much as £2,80...

Violent Partners Cross Examining Their Victims In Court - The Final Blow?

Natasha Phillips | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK
Natasha Phillips

Plans to change the law are wonderful and welcome, but drafting and passing legislation takes time. The Family Court could help victims of abuse today just by ensuring that every Family Court and judge knows about Practice Direction 12J and uses it every time a vulnerable partner or parent risks being cross examined by an abuser.

Returning To Work After A Career Break: Top Tips

Antonia Welch | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Parents
Antonia Welch

While it hasn't always been easy, I have learnt an enormous amount during the last two years and I hope the following tips will help inspire other mothers who may be considering a return to work in 2017.

Can Social Innovations Meet The Challenge Of Ending Age Apartheid?

Stephen Burke | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK
Stephen Burke

Ending age apartheid and promoting social integration between generations can help build a country for all ages, where we are united not divided. In Brexit Britain that must be an ambition worth sharing and pursuing.

Dad Demonstrates How To Calm A Toddler Before A Long Flight

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Parents

Parents know only too well how stressful a flight can be with a toddler who just doesn’t want to go to sleep. So one dad has shared his own parenti...

All The Small Things

Pam Jarvis | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Parents
Pam Jarvis

Now, as those of us in the Northern Hemisphere face the longest night of the year, it is time to do as communities in our cold little island have done for millennia, and celebrate all the small things that make us happy as we begin our journey back from the darkness into the light.

Coping With Families And The Elephant In The Room

Karin Sieger | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Often we bring presents to family gatherings, like the elephant in the room. This can lead to conflict or help avoid conflict. What strategies can help to cope well with family gatherings?

Giving Your Family Permission To Celebrate When You Are Ill

Karin Sieger | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

The diagnosis, illness and treatment had been like a massive earthquake, destroying everything. How was I going to rebuild? Was there time to rebuild? My life has been shortened. While the diagnosis was not terminal, predictions vary. So much uncertainty.

50 Years Ago My Father Founded Shelter, Today He'd Still Be Dismayed

Ann Kenrick | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Ann Kenrick

His main focus was on housing the massive number of people who were living in appallingly squalid conditions or who - like Cathy in the powerful film Cathy Come Home - had fallen on really hard times and were at risk of being separated from their children and having nowhere to go.

Post Autumn Statement, Where Next For The Campaign For Better Care?

Stephen Burke | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

By the time the Chancellor got on his feet to deliver the Autumn Statement, expectations of any extra funds for care were very low. The fact that nothing was unveiled confirmed how far care still has to go to win political support.

Why We Need To Share What We Really Think About Family Brands To Make Them Better

Lynne Barcoe | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Parents
Lynne Barcoe

There's a place and a time for parent bloggers and they are very much part of the conversation, but at the end of the day that is just one person's opinion. The Family Panel is all about connecting people, and letting everyone have their voice heard.

Enjoyed A Good Career? Now Foster!

Martin Barrow | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We became foster carers with no grand plan, unsure how long it would last. All these years later, we find that we are busier than ever with fostering, including our three current children who have been with us for just over a year.

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

Amy Packham | Posted 05.12.2016 | 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...