UK Families

From Crisis to Quality - How Care Must Now Evolve

Beth Britton | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Our own health secretary has admitted he cannot guarantee that his fellow citizens will receive safe care in the hospitals he is responsible for, which makes you wonder just how much further the system must fall before we reach a point where things start to improve.

Families of Missing People Need Our Support

Helen Grant | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Grant

No-one can prepare for the heartache and confusion when a loved one disappears without a trace. For those fortunate enough, the missing person returns and their lives can start to be rebuilt. But for some, life will never be the same again. A future of uncertainty.

Let's Hear it for the Boys

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

At my children's own, otherwise wonderful school, Mothers Day means card-making and an annual gift giving rally, where each child can stow away a beautifully wrapped gift. Come Fathers day, what happens? Nothing. Apparently, the reason for this is that someone at the school decided it was unfair to the children without fathers.

The Traditional Family Is Irrelevant Because It Doesn't Exist

Alice Rigby | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Rigby

What hasn't been discussed though, probably partly because it seems so obvious, is the social structure that is a family. Advocates of 'traditional' marriage have rolled out their favourite phrase, the 'traditional' family, without acknowledging one simple fact; there isn't such a thing.

Felicity A Morse

Children Raised By Gay Couples 'Happier And Healthier'

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK

Children brought up by gay couples are healthier and get along better with their families, according to the initial findings from the world's largest ...

Join the Dementia Conversation

Beth Britton | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Having a conversation may not seem like a luxury, but there is a point when it can become too late to talk, and you just never know if or when that point may come. I would hazard a guess that the vast majority never had a full and frank discussion with their loved ones about dementia, their wishes for care and their future planning.

Survey Confirms Healthy Appetite for Private Schooling Despite Recession

Julie Booth | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Like any successful business, independent schools need to understand and deliver what their customers - fee-paying parents - want in order to stay ahead in the education marketplace. The survey results appear to substantiate that with advanced strategic planning many schools are successfully achieving this.

Could Star Trek Hold Some Answers?

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 06.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vivi Friedgut

It was fortuitous that Star trek premiered in London on Thursday. Fortuitous because it book-ened a week which started with a tragic factory fire in Bangladesh. A factory producing cheap clothing for global brands sold internationally... today we find ourselves at a crossroads between the world we have always had and (metaphorically) the world of Kirk and Spock.

Why Two Heads Are Better Than One

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Two parents may be better than one for encouraging normal brain development in growing children, research suggests. Scientists discovered differenc...

Isolation - The Greatest Barrier to Health and Happiness?

Beth Britton | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

When we think about our wellbeing, we think of avoiding major diseases, being financially comfortable, enjoying our daily lives and achieving our goals. Often we never stop to consider those invisible yet vital qualities of support, understanding and love that are provided by the people we keep close to us.

My Mission to Get Children on the Move

Magnus Scheving | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Magnus Scheving

Children don't really understand the concept of health. You can't give them an apple and say "if you eat this you will be healthy when you're older" because they don't understand. You have to find a different way to motivate them.

Without Organ Donation, There Can Be No Transplantation

Sally Johnson | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics
Sally Johnson

Despite the huge increase in donor numbers, brought about because more families have been asked about donation, the underlying rate of families agreeing to donation in hospital has not changed and consent rates have not risen. If we are to save more lives, something I believe we can and must do, then we need to see a revolution in attitudes towards organ donation.

Why Having Kids Is a Terrible Idea

Planet Ivy | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Planet Ivy

As we all inevitably leave our twenties and begrudgingly begin the slow pitiful march towards responsibility and self-loathing, it's important to ask the question - what next? For some it's fulfilling careers and the exciting discovery of our greatly unrecognised adult self, and for some it's children.

Does Ed Miliband's Defeat of His Brother Signal the Type of PM He Will Make?

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK Politics
Claudia Tomlinson

Younger siblings always want what the elder has; this is a common dynamic, universally observed to be part of family life. It starts with a glance at big brother's more exciting toys and games and finding them more attractive.

Are You Scared of Care?

Beth Britton | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

How do you feel about the idea of needing someone to dress you, wash you, help you to the toilet or change your incontinence pads, feed you, give you medication, move you around, and enable you to watch the TV programmes of your choosing or listen to the music that you love?

Budget 2013: Children Left in the Firing Line

Alison Garnham | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics
Alison Garnham

The Chancellor's call for an "aspiration nation" yesterday sat awkwardly with a budget that did nothing to raise hopes for families and ignored the inconvenient but basic truth that rising child poverty kills aspiration and opportunity.

Proud to Be a Pushy Parent

Sandi Mann | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

I overheard one mum being told the great news by her daughter's class teacher that little Chloe had done really well on her maths test with 19 out of 20. The mum immediately shot back with, "What did she get wrong? And what about her English?" Pushy Mums. Don't you just love 'em? I bet the teachers do....

It's Not Fair!

Anne Longfield | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Longfield

According to new research published today by Asda (in the 'Mumdex'), mums reported that the rising cost of living is now three times as pressing an issue as youth unemployment and four times as pressing as violent crime.

Maternity Discrimination on the Rise as Women Pay the Price of Austerity

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

A report released today by the group Working ‎Families has revealed high levels of maternity discrimination for the third year running, ‎reinforcing recent research suggesting this is a growing trend. ‎

That Mother/Daughter Thang

Paula Fry | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Fry

I may be the wrong side of 40 now but I still want to look funky. And why shouldn't I!? But there is a fine line to looking funky, edgy and cool that can swiftly turn into desperate, try hard and dated.

Captivated by Kefalonia

Emily Stacey | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Stacey

Unlike any other place I have visited, Kefalonia has stolen my heart hook, line and sinker. But I'm not the only one. Year after year, you see the same faces arriving at the airport heading back to their favourite spot for another few weeks in paradise.

Crazy Monkeys Are Attacking YOUR Business... Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know This

Marsha Wright | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK
Marsha Wright

The Crazy Monkeys are the people and situations that pop up out of nowhere and disrupt your entire life. You know those familiar frustrating distractions that can hamper the most positive minds.

The Ultimate Role Reversal

Beth Britton | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

I was just 12 years old when my father began to exhibit the symptoms of what we discovered 10 years later was vascular dementia. My twenties weren't about university life, all-night parties and angst with boyfriends, they were about supporting my dad to have the best life he could, just as he had supported me as a child.

Tackling Child Poverty

Enver Solomon | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Politics
Enver Solomon

A key component in the mix of measures required to reduce child poverty is to make childcare more affordable to poorer families and thereby encourage more mothers into work. This is central to the approach of countries like Denmark, where 84 per cent of mothers are in employment, compared to just 67 per cent in the UK.

Why I Lie to My Child

Cath Janes | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Cath Janes

I've been lying through my teeth since the day my five year old daughter exploded into the delivery room. In fact my first lie was at exactly that moment, when she was plonked onto my heaving chest and I made a wild stab at looking like I knew what was going on. I've lied ever since.