Family Life

Are You Part of a 'Beanpole' Family? Five Tips to Make It Work

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

The beanpole family is a 21st century version of the extended family: with a long thin structure, this family has strong ties but lives apart. It's no surprise to modern families that parenting and families are different these days - lone parent, blended, sandwich, nuclear, extended, beanpole and everything else in between are now the norm.

Back to the 1950s? The Impact of Technology on Family Life

Sian Breslin | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Tech
Sian Breslin

The one place I will not have technology is on the dinner table at family mealtimes. Someone recently asked me why this was and I couldn't immediately put my finger on it. I just knew in my heart it was wrong. Call me old fashioned, but I just think that 15 tech free minutes a day to engage in conversation is vital to a healthy family.

Why I'm Supporting the Divided Families Campaign

Michael Allen | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Allen

The law essentially means that working class Brits are banned from marrying (non-EU) foreigners. Yes, you read that correctly. Almost half of the UK population has been stripped of its right to family life.

They *uck You Up, Your Mum and Dad

Holly Seddon | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Seddon

I've come across so many people in their thirties and forties who are still defined - or at least affected - by their childhood and family experiences. But I'm always mind-blown when I overhear my children slating me or my decisions. My mum and dad did everything deliberately, right?

Talking About the iGeneration

Hillary Graves | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hillary Graves

The recent news reports about the launch of a mobile phone for four-year-olds have caused a real stir in the media and raise questions around the role of technology in family life. Is there really a need for a four-year-old to have his or her own mobile phone?

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.

Career or Family: Why Do Women Have to Make a Choice?

Jane Scott Paul | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Scott Paul

Throughout every employee's working life there will come a time when they need to work in a more flexible way - this could be anything from raising a child to compassionate leave. It isn't just new mothers that need and benefit from working differently.

Working With Your Spouse...A Recipe for Disaster?

Michelle Stonehill | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Stonehill

Running a business is difficult and, let's face it, marriage is difficult. Put the two together and it's not hard to see how for some the scenario might seem virtually masochistic. Working together definitely needs handling with care.

Is Gen Y Ready to Rule the World?

Marcus Middleton | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Marcus Middleton

With Generation Z now here, there is no longer any choice, it's time for the old farts to give Generations X and Y the keys and let us drive. They should sit down and grab a cup of tea because it's time for us to run the show.

Teach Kids About Dangers of Porn, But Don't Let the Sex Ed Crowd Do It

Mike Judge | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Mike Judge

If mums and dads knew the half of what is really taught in sex education, they'd be horrified. Which is why I don't trust them to teach the risks of porn to 10-year-olds.

High Court Judge Attacks 'Scourge Of Divorce'

Posted 30.04.2012 | UK

A High Court judge with more than 30 years' experience in family law has launched a campaign against the "scourge" of divorce. Speaking to BBC Radi...

Death of the Dining Room

William Hanson | Posted 14.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
William Hanson

Dining is, after all, essential to all of us. It is high time we recognise again the importance of communicating and interacting as a family. These two activities, when practiced together, enhance the benefits of both.

Stress Is Damaging Family Life, Reveals Survey

PA | Posted 14.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

The stresses and strains of family life push 40% of parents with children under five to "breaking point", according to a survey. Home...

Working From Home Tougher Than The Office

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

People who work from home may be within walking distance to their bed, but according to a recent study, that is probably a good thing because home-wor...

Why We Should Pause Before Judgement on What Caused the Riots

Caroline Davey | Posted 12.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Davey

Broken Britain. Moral decline. Feral youths. These and many more weary clichés have been trotted out in the past week in an attempt to explain the rioting, looting and vandalism witnessed in cities across the country. And none of them comes even close to doing so.

Blame the Parents (Again)

Lindsey German | Posted 12.10.2011 | UK Politics
Lindsey German

David Cameron blames the family for the riots. In this, he is at one with most politicians and pundits are blaming the family for the riots. Not the Royal family, of course. Not their families, you understand. Their children don't riot or steal or behave badly. But our families.