UK Family

Family Takes Pictures With Santa Every Christmas For 60 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Many families have Christmas traditions, but the Wilsons from Seattle have managed to keep this one going for 59 years. They've been taking picture...

Should I Get Back With My Ex For Christmas ?

Sara Davison | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

Christmas is traditionally a time for families to be together. This can heighten emotions, especially loneliness if you are single as the focus is on happy families at this time of year. It can really highlight the fact that you don't have that special someone to share it with and that can be hard to deal with.

Why Festive Drinking and Motherhood Don't Mix

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

I actually think I'm a good parent when I've had a couple of drinks. I laugh more. Loosen up a tad. Let my daughter eat lots of cocktail sausages. I construct creative meals out of buffet foods- piling up her plate with crisps and cake (so she has a good balance of savoury and sweet). And I have fond memories of my own Mum being pissed...

Keep in Touch

Beth Britton | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

We all write it, a simple phrase that echoes a desire to remain connected to people who are personally or professionally important to us. Throughout most of our lives it may not mean much, but as people get older and potentially their number of contacts diminishes, keeping in touch takes on a whole new meaning.

Achieving a Work Life Balance...Is It Possible?

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

Pause for a moment now to consider the balance you currently have in your life...and the balance you're striving to achieve.... The most common areas of consideration are family, work, health, friends, and spirit...all of which you try to "juggle" at the same time.

How to Survive Christmas When You Have Two Families

Rachel Moss | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK have divorced parents and I'm one of them. The majority of the year I don't even think about the fact that my parents live in different houses with different people. After all, it's been that way for the last 15 years. But at Christmas time their separation is suddenly significant.

Choosing to Go It Alone

Jayne Molyneux | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Molyneux

A study released by Bupa found that a considerable number of cancer patients are choosing to go it alone and keep friends and family in the dark about their diagnosis and treatment, in order to protect them.

We Can Grow New Eggs, Ladies

Claudia Spahr | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia Spahr

Researchers recently discovered the existence of Egg Precursor cells (EggPC) in the outer cortex of female ovaries. These immature egg cells can mature into fresh, young eggs. Scientists even believe that these intact, immature egg cells can be found in a woman of any age.

Exposure for UK Startup 23snaps Puts Them In the Frame

Eamonn Carey | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Tech
Eamonn Carey

London-based startup 23snaps is a privately curated social network for families designed to save family photos and videos in one digital journal. The app now has more than 500,000 customers in 179 countries and is expanding rapidly.

Artist Photoshops Old Photos To Show Her 'Growing Up' With Her Mother

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Tech

Imagine being able to go back in time and visit your parents when they were your age, would you have got on? Would you have laughed at the same things...

Things to Consider Before Bringing a Pet Home

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Gabrielle Leimon

Christmas is now officially just around the corner. As we roll through into December it's important to remind people of the troubles of giving animals as gifts. Every year people give animals, typically kittens and puppies, as gifts to their loved ones...

'I May Be Dead By Then' - Amazing Texts From @YourSh*ttyFamily

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you think your family's dysfunctional, just check out new Instagram account @YourShittyFamily. The concept is simple - real people submit screen...

Maintaining Your Energy and Confidence Levels

Maggie Currie | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

These people have the power to drain your energy and bring you down to their level, a million miles away from the level that YOU want to be operating on. But, and here is the interesting thing, they only have that power if you allow them to.

How to Have a Calm and Content Christmas

Cat Williams | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Williams

Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year, particularly if we have family members who don't really get on with each other! What is the secret to staying calm throughout the festive season, no matter what it brings? It's self-esteem.

Never Stop Dancing - A Year in the Life of a Business Startup

Hannah Saunders | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Hannah Saunders

It's been over a year now and, as I hoped and feared, it's been the most fun/interesting/terrifying year I've had for a few decades. On the whole, it would have been cheaper to buy a sportscar and less time-consuming to have an affair with a 25 year old, but, as I can't drive and am happy with my fella, this 45 year old's mid-life crisis is a "follow your dream" business startup.

We Will Eat at the Table Tonight!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Gibb

In my house I am made to feel like the biggest nag in the world suggesting a family dinner round the table - by all five of my men! My two eldest tell me that 'it's boring' sitting at the table. My four year old contests just because that seems the thing to do and hey, if his big brothers are saying it then it must be right.

Four Things to Do If You're Meeting the Parents This Holiday Season

Liz Marie | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Marie

If you've been dating someone new for the past few months, chances are that you'll be meeting their family this holiday season. Meeting the parents (and the grandparents, and the siblings and the family friends....) is always nerve-wracking and there seems to be even more pressure to make a good impression this time of year. Here are four ways to make a great first impression this holiday season.

How to Be Happy - A Simple Formula!

David Hurst | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Hurst

We all know that seeing a friend has this positive effect, but sometimes we repeatedly push it away in pursuit of happiness by other means. But in the pursuit of "achieving" this other happiness, we usually neglect what we know does make us happy: spending time with friends.

Friends Are the New Family

Jody Thompson | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jody Thompson

Whilst many bemoan our hyper-connected age and the distance some would say it puts between people and real human interaction, I have discovered quite the opposite. In fact, I've found friends are not only more important than ever, but the internet keeps them closer than has ever been possible.

Dealing With Death and Caring for Your Children

Susan Leigh | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Leigh

In the UK alone twenty-two people die every day leaving their children to be raised by either one or no parents. Multiply this by the number of days in the year and it reveals a very large number of children and young people who are left in a bereaved situation.

Twenty Parenting Mistakes You Only Make Once

Jess Paterson | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Paterson

There are some parenting mistakes you make time and time again. Taking them out for a meal and expecting not to get indigestion. Assuming they heard you the first 10 times you asked them to put their school shoes on. Expecting them to have a two-hour nap as you have loads to do...

Eleven Steps to Support a Loved One With Mental Health Problems

Danny Bowman | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

They are going to be feeling frustrated, confused and completely overwhelmed sometimes if not most of the time so it is important that you know some hurtful things that they say to you, they do not mean so don't take it too personally as it is just the illness talking and they will most likely apologise sincerely for it sometime after it has been said.

A Thank You Letter to My Mother

Rachel Kelly | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Kelly

Gradually as I began to get better, you would read aloud longer passages and poems to me as you had done when I was a child. You had always kept a commonplace book of snippets of poetry, prayer and anecdotes that had particularly struck you, entitled 'Consolations'. I devoured the collection as if it were ice-cold water offered to a parched traveller.

Twelve Reasons Being an Auntie Is the Greatest Job in the World

Kate Leaver | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Leaver

Making a teeny-tiny human is the greatest thing your brother/sister ever did. They didn't do it for you, obviously. But sometimes, in a perfect moment with your niece/nephew on your lap, it feels like maybe they kind-of did.When my nephew, Charlie, puts his little hand in mine, the whole world makes sense. His existence is joy.

Dementia - They Don't Tell You These Things...

Dawn Vance | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dawn Vance

They don't tell you about the friends she's had for years who gradually stop coming to visit because they 'hate seeing her like that'. I'm pretty sure she hates being 'like that' too, but she could really do with a friend. They'll all be at her funeral though, because that's what friends are for, isn't it?