UK Families

The Numbers for Childcare Professionals Aren't Adding Up

Liz Bayram | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Bayram

To truly tackle to the number of families struggling with the cost of childcare, we need to reflect on why childcare is key.

Bite Size Memories

Lana Citron | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

The Bear bites. He was teething and nipped; lips, cheeks, necks, collar bone and fingers. Word quickly spread of his clenching jaws. Our Bear was a nipper. Few could believe such an angelic boy, a font of joy would do such a thing.

What Are the True Benefits of Being a Family-Friendly Employer?

Ben Black | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK
Ben Black

Family-friendly isn't a particularly useful term. It smacks of all that nice soft stuff that the BBC seems to have spent a long time engaging in. So what are we really talking about? Set out below are three examples of what family-friendly might mean for different employers...

Story-telling in the Land of My Fathers

Wendy Jones | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Jones

Tracing family history always throws up stories because people make stories. It doesn't really matter that these people are related to you - I still maintain that - but mining your own family for stories is as good an option as any.

A Community Worth Living in

Beth Britton | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Welcome to a dementia friendly community. You may well be thinking, "How does this benefit me? I don't have dementia, I don't know anyone with dementia, why do I need to contribute to living in a dementia friendly community?" Stop right there, because dementia friendly communities benefit everyone.

Jamie Oliver Fights Food Poverty - Will He Win?

Sian Breslin | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

I can't wait until Jamie Oliver's new 'Money Saving Meals' is broadcast. Everywhere I turn, it is Great British Budget Menus, frugal blogs and rising food prices. Jamie's tasked himself to improve the situation and he's already created massive interest with his controversial, honest and upfront comments on food poverty

See Me, Not My Age

Beth Britton | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

It is perhaps no wonder that I often read comments from younger people vehemently arguing against getting older. They don't want to lose their money, independence, purpose or standard of living, nor do they want to need care or be the recipient of poor care. For all of us who possess youth rather than experience the time to change this culture is now.

Barry White Spider

James Conmy | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

I will admit to having two phobias: Barry White & spiders. To this day I am haunted by the words of a local radio DJ who proclaimed: "Ah that was the smoooooth smooooth sounds of Mr Barry White, I'm sure you'll agree - he really does make love to your ears."

Living Standards 'Much Worse Than Official Figures Suggest'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics

The minimum cost of living has soared by one quarter since the economic downturn and the true inflationary pressures on many households are much worse...

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' | 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.