UK Families

Getting By in the UK

Jayne Sykes | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK
Jayne Sykes

Those inclined to judge might say it's irresponsible to spend money on anything other than the basic necessities when you're struggling financially, but where do you draw the line? Do you decide to wait until you're earning more or have paid off more of your debts before you get the kids a pet or take them on holiday, or do you realise that if you wait for those things to happen they'll have grown up and gone?

Why I Will Always Be a Foster Child

Victoria Leith | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

I invited my foster parents to my wedding - I felt it was so important for them to be there. They came and again, when I saw them, it felt so strange as I only recognised them from photos, not having proper physical memories... yet the connection was so strong.

Six Unforgettable Family Holidays

William Gray | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
William Gray

The stuff that memories are made of: Arriving at Delhi Airport and making our way to the railway station was like being launched into a real-life version of Mario Karts - our taxi lurched through the city amid a maelstrom of fumes and horn blasts, black and yellow tuk-tuks swarming around us like angry bees.

A Coast Full of Memories

Mike Collins | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Mike Collins

These memories of days at the seaside as children are part of our national DNA. Millions of Brits head to the coast every year. And there is a rich social history of the connections between the big cities and the nearest stretch of coastline.

Parents Just Don't Think Politicians 'Get It'

Octavia Holland | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Politics
Octavia Holland

Despite the run up to the election dominating the news headlines, many of the parents we speak to say they still haven't heard enough from politicians on the issues that matter to them. They tell us they are frustrated that politicians don't seem to be listening or coming up with the real solutions that they need, and need now.

Trusting Other People Is the Key to Overcoming Family Estrangement and Isolation

Becca Bland | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Becca Bland

Living with the feeling that your life and existence mean very little to anyone at all can create a dangerous state of mind, only worsened by the idea that the reason for your loneliness is shameful. Those who are estranged are too often reminded of the isolating family myth - that everyone else in society is enjoying a functional and close family experience.

It Takes a Village: The Beauty of Grandparents

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

I like my own company and time by myself. But that's not always possible with children knocking around (dear, sweet children that they are). Oh, but it IS possible, thanks to the wonderful human beings that are... grandmothers.

The Words No Commander Wants to Hear

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

30 January, 2015, marks ten years since Hercules C130K XV179 was shot down over Iraq killing all ten crew... I shall never forget their sacrifice.

The Turn of the Budget Supermarkets

Paige Hiley | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Paige Hiley

Aldi and Lidl have been, in the past, seen as the lowest of the low when regarding supermarket products. It is the sort of place you'd go when you're not able to buy the expensive products on display at your local Sainsbury's or you are in need of unusual ingredients from far away lands...

Why It's Okay to Be a Wimpy Parent Some of the Time

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

When I think back to my own parents, they were following Berman's advice years ago. They were never scared to toss me over their shoulder, head home and send me straight to bed if I misbehaved. I remember feeling totally humiliated especially if other people were around.

Call the Midwife? It's Time to Up Postnatal Care

Alice Rossiter | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Rossiter

Of course, we're told to call a number if we need support or advice. But many women won't. And especially not in the wee small hours of the night. Many will struggle in silence or sink into denial - snapping at a concerned partner or parent that "they're fine".

Would You Choose Your Child's Mother or Father Online?

Susan Leigh | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Leigh

The aim of these sites is to allow the interested parties to discuss their requirements in a confidential way and then, if they're in agreement, be able to reach a mutually satisfactory way of proceeding. No binding legal agreements feature in these relationships.

Why I Had to Campaign Mr Cameron

Mark Williams | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Williams

Research says that if we spend money preventing the illness, then it will save resources in other sectors in the future. Some people who struggle with mental health turn to drink and drugs crime to survive, we only have to look at our hero's from the army, many of whom are homeless to back this up.

Families Needed Bringing Back From the Brink

Anne Longfield | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Anne Longfield

As the Chancellor rose to his feet this afternoon to deliver the last Autumn Statement of this Parliament, he had a real opportunity in front of him - a chance to set out both a bold vision for the longer term and to help families struggling now.

Autumn Statement Is a Chance to Change

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

We can't go on just trying to cope with the effects of problems, we need real commitment to preventing them or reducing them early. Without this, we will continue wasting young people's potential, and wasting money that would have been better spent earlier.

How Separated Couples Can Avoid the Christmas Parent Trap

Hayley McCall | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Hayley McCall

In an ideal world, children would like their parents to live happily ever after together, but for a growing number of families, that fairytale is not a reality. The fact that a child's mum and dad are not together can be particularly upsetting for a child at Christmas time...

Anti-Bullying Month: Learning Resilience

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

November is anti-bullying month: with a rise in press campaigns and awareness around bullying, what is available to parents to support their bullied children, or to prevent their children becoming bullied?

Postnatal Depression in Fathers - What are we Going to do About it?

Olivia Spencer | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Spencer

Postnatal depression affects fathers too. It's a fact, it's been researched, professionals working in mental health and in medicine agree that it exists, and I've spoken to many sufferers over the past year...but what are we going to do about it?

Have No Fear - 'Sexual Orientation' and 'Gender Identity' Are Here

Elly Barnes | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elly Barnes

It has happened! Make no mistake, this is very big news. I have been delivering my Educate & Celebrate training to make schools LGBT-Friendly across the UK over the last few years and this is my first primary school to take the leap of using policy language and making it visible to all.

Not Suffolkating: The Sound of Sirens

Mark Piggott | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Piggott

Times goes at a different rate in the country. It seems only yesterday that we drove out beyond the M25, and the cat pooped on my lap, and we began our new life in a house of flies and dirt and no door-handles. It was actually ten months ago.

Some Families Shouldn't be Kept Together 'No Matter What'

Polly Neate | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Politics
Polly Neate

Cameron's new relationship support army might be a huge opportunity to break into the fortress of coercive control and start to free its thousands of victims. This will only happen if the government takes a strong and highly visible stand against domestic violence.

Exploring Retirement - The Gap Between Dreams and Reality

Beth Britton | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

In the working population, the word retirement generally conjures up wistful thoughts of long lie-ins, lazy days, unlimited opportunities to pursue hobbies and the chance to finally get around to doing all of the things that you've never quite had time for. Is that really the reality of retirement though, and what can my 30-something generation expect in later life?

In the Footsteps of Our Families

Robin Lustig | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Like an ever-increasing number of people, we have a growing interest in our families' origins. But also because, as journalists, we can't help but be aware that migration is one of the biggest challenges facing the world we live in. So it's only natural that as the son and grandson of immigrants, we're irresistibly tempted to use our own families' pasts as a way of examining the present and the future.

Call the Health Visitor

Anne Longfield | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
Anne Longfield

Pregnancy and the birth of a baby can be a magical time for parents, full of hope for a bright future as they bring their newborn home from hospital. But the experience of pregnancy and becoming a parent can also be an anxious and uncertain time- especially with a first child.

Will 'Saffy' Teens be Absolutely Fabulous for Society?

William Higham | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

In my last article, I identified a new young generation, the SAFFYs: Serious, Active, Forward-Facing Youth. They're very different to the "typical teen" parodied by Kevin the Teenager. Less frivolous, hedonistic, lazy and 'devil may care'. More anxious and responsible about the future, and more respectful of the past.