UK Families

Part-Time Foster Carers Are Worth Their Weight In Gold

Martin Barrow | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

Our long weekend was possible only because of the availability of respite care, arranged through West Sussex County Council, for whom we work as foster carers. Our children were able to stay with approved, experienced foster carers who make their home available to give full-time foster carers like us a break when we need it.

Suicide And Why We Have To Talk About It...

Tina McGuff | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

They say all suicides are preventable by speaking out - reaching out. Having the confidence to open up about what you're going through is clearly the hardest thing for so many people to do as they fear the reactions of the loved ones towards them.

Kidology #1: The Pre-Cretinous Era

Mark Piggott | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Mark Piggott

When my wife said she was returning to work fulltime, I silently celebrated. Now I'd finally have time to do all the things I wanted to do: write my G...

What Happens When You Support Someone in Difficult Times

Tina McGuff | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

Never underestimate the impact just being there listening to someone can make a huge difference... Sometimes we all need to feel there is someone there to support us in a time of vulnerability without fear of judgement or stigma.

Postpartum Psychosis Risk After Childbirth

Tina McGuff | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

I think this is something that new mums fear especially if they have a previous bout of mental illness. I've spoken to many ladies who have felt this way and some who actually went through postpartum psychosis.

Foster Carers Become Masters Of Disguise

Martin Barrow | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We learn new school runs and hitherto unknown neighbourhoods become focal points in our lives. Our weekends are punctuated by social events with families who were strangers to us until a few weeks ago.

Dead Cats And Red Herrings In Pre-Budget Speculation On Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

By all means have a debate on whether we should raise more taxation from income or wealth, but let's do it as part of a debate about government finances. Enough of the dead cats and red herrings! It's time for a new vision for better care and support.

13 Tips To Help Your Kid Discover A Love Of Photography

Jen Barton | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents

Holidays are one of the greatest things you can share with your children. Exposure to different ways of life, from Cornwall’s beach towns to the str...

The Power Of The Story

Pam Jarvis | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Pam Jarvis

How did we ever have enough time for all this? In those pre-SATs and pre-accountability days, the last half an hour of every school day for every year group in the school, from Reception to Year Six was spent sitting on the carpet, listening to the teacher read a story.

A New Lifestyle Begins - Reincarnating One's Self

Satnam Kaur | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Satnam Kaur

Later this year, I shall be celebrating turning 62. My hope is that I shall be celebrating in South America. It will be the first time that I have ventured to this area of the world. Marriage, motherhood, career, caring for parents...

Keeping Children Safe Is Your Responsibility Too. Don't Leave It To The Professionals

Martin Barrow | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

But if cases like that of Keegan Downer and Daniel Pelka will teach us anything, it is that the general public are as responsible as so-called professionals when it comes to keeping children safe.

Will The Budget Tackle The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

On 8 March the Chancellor must show that he understands both the immediate care crisis and the need for a radical and sustainable long term solution. Older and disabled people and their families and carers have been waiting too long for the answer. Let's hope that their expectations aren't dashed yet again.

Grandma Inadvertently Sends Grandson Birthday Card With Rude Message

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A grandma has left the internet giggling after inadvertently sending her grandson a rude birthday card. Former rugby player Henry Fraser tweeted a pho...

Put Children First In The Quest To Improve Foster Care

Martin Barrow | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Martin Barrow

Above all, be ambitious. Be as ambitious for children and young people in care as you would be for your own. Map the route from broken family home to high achievement in business, academia and the arts, and make recommendations that will bulldoze the road blocks along the way. Now that would be an inquiry worth waiting for.

Should Council Tax Hikes Or National Taxation Fund Better Care?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

A new vision has to win popular support. Universality is key to ensuring buy-in from the whole population and to tackling the unpopular and fragmented local variations that currently exist. Universality is also critical to raising the status of care and caring, and the value placed on care.

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.