UK Family

Dreading the Three 'D's - As a Mother

Janey Jones | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Janey Jones

As I have three sons and yet write for girls, lots of people say - 'How funny!" But having sons doesn't make a girly girl more boyish. However, it has helped me to understand boys more, certainly. My findings on boys are thus: boys act indifferent when they really care a lot.

Is Blogging Really Fair On My Children?

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Do I continue writing and posting online? Do I stop and wait until they are old enough to give their consent? Do I keep writing but keep it to myself so it's there for them to read in the future and share with only those who they wish? I don't really know what is best.

The Generation Game

Caragh Little | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

In a visit marked mainly by quietness and enquiring looks, I spent part of the Easter weekend with an older relative who struggles to connect the adult I've become with the child she'd always known. In her mind, I'm still away at university - fixed forever in a time which, in her mind, defines me.

Three Whole Days With the Mother-In-Law...Happy Easter

Malminder Gill | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

Try to see the best in her -Your mother in laws intentions are probably positive but these may be heavily disguised in negative comments, actions and judgements. Maybe she is a little jealous of you and her son, maybe she is jealous of your youth or anxious for you to like her.

Five Ways To Spend The Easter Weekend With Your Family

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

Parents, beware - because this is also the season of chores, DIY and Spring Cleaning. With the remaining long weekend upon us, what is the best way for families to free up their time so that they can spend quality time together?

Top 10 Things to Do With Children in London

Ceri Tinley | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Tinley

There are so many things for children to see and do when visiting London; it's sometimes hard to know where to start, especially if you are only in town for a few days. Perhaps our handy hints might help you decide...

Create Some Time This Easter Weekend

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

When you are both working, and you have children - plus maybe a commute or children's activities to get to, by the time working parents get home at the end of a long day, there is precious little energy left to tackle the laundry basket, clean up after the dog and cook a fresh meal from scratch.

I Agree With David: Why the Camerons' Decision to Holiday in Lanzarote Is a Good One

Sarah Ebner | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Ebner

The Prime Minister has chosen Lanzarote for his holiday break - how very wise of him. Despite its "lanzagrotty" associations, this Canary Island is perfect for families and has loads to do.

Stop TOUCHING Me

Jessica Shortall | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Sometimes I don't want them to touch me. Not, like, not EVER. But there are some times - a moment, a minute, an hour - when I really think I'll just take leave of my sanity if someone touches me. I think breastfeeding has a lot to do with this.

My Transgender Transition: Coming Out to Family and Friends

Jayden Ray Billington | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jayden Ray Billington

Coming out as trans to my friends and family was both the easiest and the hardest thing I have ever faced. I had touched upon the subject with two friends in a light hearted manner to see what their reaction would be a few months prior to 'coming out' but I was not ready to fully engage with them the depths of how I felt or how serious I truly was...

A Diary of a Mum-to-be: The Third Trimester

Louisa Daniels | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

The pre-labour cramps, unbelievable pelvic pressure and lack of sleep that has dominated the last two weeks, is only overpowered by the intense excitement that I feel toward meeting the little person that has made my body his home for most of the past year.

The Little Girl That Nobody Wanted

Rosie Waterland | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Waterland

I'm sorry that when the DOCS ladies dropped us off at Grandma's, you weren't allowed to stay because you were too much for her to cope with. I can't imagine how awful it must have been to watch your sisters get smaller and smaller in the distance as you were driven away in a car you didn't recognise.

Sixteen Easy Ways to Annoy Pregnant Women

Caroline Thain | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Thain

Whenever we grow too exhausted to beat ourselves up with obligatory innate society-taught mummy guilt, we can be certain Another Mother will do it for us. My childless non-pregnant peers don't, nor do men. It's women with at least one kid.

Is 50 Too Old to Have a Baby?

Jessica Hepburn | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hepburn

Last week, health ministers revealed that the number of women giving birth over the age of 50 had more than doubled in the past five years. On average three babies are now being born to women in their 50s every week.

School Places: Everyone Only Wants the Best for Their Children Right?

Francesca Richards-Spiller | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Francesca Richards-Spiller

Defining children according to wealth or merit in specific subjects sits very uncomfortably with me. What about supporting kids' interests, building on enthusiasm? What about maintaining friendships between kids of different social backgrounds rather than keeping them in separate worlds? Isn't it heartbreaking when children are separated from their best friends...

Old and Wise...and Beautiful

Juliet Simmons | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Juliet Simmons

What is age - often it's little more than a number. You can be old and young at heart or young and staid. As the beautiful women in my life have shown me, age doesn't define whether someone is smart, beautiful, interesting or worth spending time with.

Mothers on Their Phones: A Defence

Kiran Chug | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

In internet forums, on news story comment boards, and of course on social media, there has been no holding back from those that have decided that Zara Phillips is a bad mother because she was concentrating on her phone while also feeding her baby.

The Trouble With Men and Cancer

Robert Ince | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Ince

Let's face it, men are rubbish at talking seriously about their health. Other than sporadically airing my own health-related neuroses, my own previous form on serious cancer talk is questionable. Other than a mere cursory chat to a friend about his mother's breast cancer diagnosis, it's probably zero.

ADHD - Why One Parent Chose to Medicate

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

As parents we make choices, doing the best we can with what information we have. A century ago doctors thought PMT was hysteria and dyslexia stupidity. Things change and if I made the wrong choice for my child I will answer for that in the future, but only to him.

Five Incredible Things That Motherhood Has Taught Me (That I Wish I Knew Before)

Saskia Lee Stewart | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Saskia Lee Stewart

My family has always been filled with an extraordinary amount of love... but becoming a mummy helped me to see that LOVE is number one when it comes to impacting a life. Love is simply awesome. It is a safety net for the human soul.

Autism Awareness Day: Caring for My Brother

John Sargeant | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John Sargeant

I knew once mother hit retirement age I would become a family carer. So I lived my life - went to university, socialised and partied hard, travelled the world and met interesting people. Whether in local politics, national conventions or international conferences I have made my voice heard whether people wanted to hear or not.

Car Park Ticket Machine Race

James Conmy | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Comedy
James Conmy

I parked quickly and started to look for the ticket machine. There was only one and it was on the other side of the carpark. As I started towards it I noticed that another man was also heading for the same machine and although he was approaching from a different angle we would arrive roughly at the same time. Our eyes met.

What Does Your Future Hold in 2030?

Beth Britton | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

One of the great challenges within an ageing society is maintaining connectivity between the generations. Far too much of our society exists within a silo mentality, and that is also true when it comes to issues of family geography. With our global economy, many family members are often geographically isolated from each other - potentially connected only via digital communications.

Six Things You Only Know When You've Been Raised By a Single Mother

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

Growing up with a single mum is a bit different to having two parents - and not just because there's one less person in the house. But it's also amazing, and ahead of Mother's Day we're raising a glass to all the single mothers. Here's six things you only know if she brought you up by herself...

Mothers Day - How to Stay Calm With a MIL You Don't Get on With...

Cat Williams | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Williams

First of all, we need to recognise that our mother-in-law poses a uniquely powerful threat to our self-confidence and self-worth. She is a person who might come across as having 'been there done that' and so could potentially judge our 'success' as a wife, mother and woman.