UK Family

Muddling Through - Mental Illness and Parenting

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

But how about my kids? How am I with them? At my worst, I'm unable to cope with them. I can't engage, I don't want to play, getting myself up, dressed and fed is sometimes beyond me. Often, all I'm capable of is sitting and staring at a wall for hours on end. I resent every demand that's made of me, I want to be left alone, utterly and completely.

How Not to Stress About Money

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

The feeling of being trapped is a horrible feeling, when pushed into the corner we usually make irrational choices that further worsen the situation and prolong the suffering. If you're feeling trapped, with debts increasing and that light at the end of the tunnel is appearing further away then GET HELP! Remove any pride from your situation and reach out; you'll thank me if you do!

The 'Cost' of Dementia

Beth Britton | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

I am always immensely uncomfortable when anyone tries to put a monetary value on dementia, purely because I know that there is so much more to calculating the 'cost' of dementia than could ever be accurately represented by the use of pound signs. The emotional, all-encompassing, life-changing (and life-shortening) effects of dementia reach far and wide into every family affected.

Do You Eat Dinner While Glued To The TV? (You're Not Alone)

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Good news! Almost half of British people still eat a meal together, every day. The not-so-great news? Two-thirds of us are watching at least one sc...

Run of the Mill Workaday Feminist

Lucy Frederick | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Lucy Frederick

As a comedian, feminism is something that pops up in discussion for me relatively often. I'm often asked to comment in blogs or interviews on whether there are enough women in comedy, whether we are treated differently and even whether or not we are actually very funny (I mean, I know right?!). So it's obviously a subject that I think a lot about.

Friends and Family Who Sap Your Positive Energy

Maggie Currie | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

According to them they never had the opportunities, they are always putting people down, they don't like other people to be successful, they are jealous and are negative thinkers - and so much more!

Five Ways the Next Government Can Make Life Better for Families and Carers

Stephen Burke | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Which party will put families and all generations first? The answers will become more evident in the next three weeks.

Barefoot Yoga Luxury at the Ends of the Earth

Jane Egginton | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Egginton

Martinhal prides itself on offering barefoot chic at the beach and my friend and hairdresser, Nancy and I, who have come to experience Martinhal's first yoga week, don't put our shoes on all week. We patter from our beautiful wooden cubed beach room with beachfront view to our 'pod' complete with beanbags, overlooking the ocean.

While Cameron Pleads for Us to Keep It in the Family, Scotland Sings 'I Want to Break Free'... So Who Is the Daddy?

Malory Nye | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics
Malory Nye

If we want to see our national politics in familial terms, then we should feel quite alright about doing it in a twenty-first century manner. No divorce is painless, but very often it is what the individuals want.

When a Father Kills - It Is More Than Just a Tragedy.

Bob Morgan | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK
Bob Morgan

It is clear that there are other men out there (and some women) thinking about doing this and we should at least call them what they are - cowardly, violent men (usually) who can't face up to the stresses of life without resorting to terrible crimes.

Amicable Divorce Is Just as Damaging for Children

Sara Davison | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

Many divorcing parents struggle to identify the best approach for the children. It is a roller coaster at the best of times and when you throw children into the mix it becomes a minefield of emotional management.

Bride Gives Her Dying Father 'The Best Gift A Daughter Could Give'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

For many fathers, dancing with their daughter on her wedding day is something they dream about for years, and one lady was determined to make sure her...

Lager on the Loo: Seven Habits to Leave on Holiday

Jess Paterson | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Paterson

We are waiting for the kids to fall asleep so we can drink like civilized people: sitting on the corridor outside the cabin. The depths to which one sinks as a parent never cease to amaze. We could have just gone to bed at the same time as the children and listened to them not falling asleep. But we are on Holiday!

A Brother's Love for His Sister

Jessica Smith | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Smith

My brother wrote about his experience of having a sister with an eating disorder and it literally broke my heart into a million pieces. I wanted to share with you all his own words, because this is a family disease!

This Father Won't Be Walking His Daughter Down The Aisle - Here's Why

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Tissues at the ready, because what you're about to see will really tug on the old ticker. For many fathers, walking their daughter down the aisle i...

Living With the Stigma of Depression

Phill Hudson | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

I can still recall those early days when our second daughter was born in June 2012, endless tears; long periods of inactivity, terrified to leave the house caused by an unbearable anxiety and despite being surrounded by loved ones a feeling I can only describe as utter emptiness and isolation. This is how I remember seeing my wife in the summer of 2012. My heart still sinks when I think that at the moment our little treasure was born a part of my beloved wife died.

Family and Friends vs The Fug

Pam Warren | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

I made a promise to myself while recovering from my injuries to always put family and friends needs before anything else. In the ensuing years I have managed to keep this promise. What I could not foresee was how this vow would be tested when I was torn between both family and a friend, at the same time, in the past two months.

The Lullaby Is Now in Space

Jo Worgan | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Where on earth do I begin with this one? I really don't know, and I am not sure if what I will tell you will make any sense whatsoever, but I'll give it a try. It may make more sense to me if I write it all down.

F*cked Up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

Hubby is a patient man. Strong, loving, considerate too, but mostly patient (in the extreme). He has a tough job sometimes - he has me. Granted, I have my good points (too many to list, obviously) but then there's also that nasty cloud/dog/bubble aspect just waiting in the wings, ready to pounce as soon as I let my guard down. And when it pounces on me, it pounces on him too.

Making the Most of Time Off Work

John Coldicutt | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John Coldicutt

As Stanley Kubrick's classic The Shining tells us "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" and this still rings true today; employees that spend too much time at work will find their social lives suffer.

An Open Letter to My Mother

Thuy Yau | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thuy Yau

I wish you knew the pain you've put me through the last 26 years. The suicide attempts I once made on my life. The memories that haunt me. How I spent many years believing I was worthless. How I still hear your voice in my head sometimes telling me that I'm stupid.

David Cameron Has Already Failed the 'Family Test'

Will Black | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

It's hard to argue against the basic idea, that all policies will have to pass a 'family test'. Cameron has said that from October every new domestic policy "will be examined for its impact on the family". The sound-bite accompanying this initiative is "nothing matters more than family."

How Would the Government Score on the 'Family Test'? C-?

Stephen Burke | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The prime minister yesterday pledged to introduce a new "family test" to ensure that every domestic policy is examined for its impact on the family. If David Cameron was to implement the policy retrospectively, how would the coalition government fare?

Deleting A Picture Is Forever, As This Heartbroken Four-Year-Old Just Learned

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Tech

There's nothing worse than the gut-wrenching feeling of knowing that you've just permanently deleted a picture on your camera. Well this poor four ...

The Rules of Separation

Jeff Brazier | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Do we really put our children first? Separation for parents can be amongst the toughest experiences in life; the hurt, anger, pain and insecurity can be unbearable, and in those moments of feeling utter rejection you are meant to act responsibly on behalf of the children so that they are put first?