UK Family

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?

Why the 'Clipped Wing Generation' Is Flying Higher Than Ever

Laura French | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura French

When people complain about the apparent loss of community and kindness, they seem to ignore the good things Generation Y have done; numerous youth-led initiatives, student-run committees in schools across the country, young people working together to create opportunity and equality for everyone.

Travel Minus Four Weeks: The First Goodbye

Chloe Palmer | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Palmer

Earlier this year I decided to change my life forever. On 30th January 2014 I made my way down to Dorset to attend the funeral of my Grandmother May... her passing reminded me of two facts: life is too short not to grasp every opportunity and life is far too long to regret the big choices you didn't make.

We Must Do All We Can to Speed Up the Adoption Process

Javed Khan | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

In my eyes adopting a child is one of the most amazing things someone can ever do. To give a child a loving and stable family life is a gift beyond compare. For England's 6,000 children hoping to be adopted, every day is a desperate wait. Another day spent longing for the love and support that, through no fault of their own, they are currently being denied. Everyone involved with these brave children wants to see them all get the family they deserve. To make sure each of their dreams come true we need a system that gives them the chance at a new life as quickly and effectively as possible.

Exploring Retirement - The Gap Between Dreams and Reality

Beth Britton | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

In the working population, the word retirement generally conjures up wistful thoughts of long lie-ins, lazy days, unlimited opportunities to pursue hobbies and the chance to finally get around to doing all of the things that you've never quite had time for. Is that really the reality of retirement though, and what can my 30-something generation expect in later life?

Baby Wearing and the Timid Toddler

Natasha Batsford | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

I've heard it a lot over the last few years, both overtly and also from people telling me the wisdom of their own parenting approach in very pointed tones as if it might lead to an epiphany where I throw out my slings while bemoaning the fact that my children will never learn to walk.

Why Deny Him Parental Responsibility?

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

Having parental responsibility means that you both can make decisions with regards to the upbringing of the child, his/her education and general wellbeing but surely that is a good thing right? For the child I mean, not you.

When I Became a Single Parent, It Felt Like I Had Failed My Kids in the Worst Possible Way

Em Rusciano | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Em Rusciano

I never neglected my babies, they knew they were loved and they always had everything they needed but I certainly wasn't hands on. I did a great deal of remote control parenting. You know the kind of parenting I mean right? When you're too tired to move from your position on the couch so you shout instructions from there and generally say yes to anything your offspring request just to make it easier on yourself.

A Pole Position Not to be Proud Of

Patrick Stannah | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Stannah

When people are packed together into blocks of flats, enduring a constant hubbub of noise and traffic, cities are notoriously unfriendly. So discovering that London's pensioners experience the greatest feeling of loneliness - at 75% of all we spoke to - is probably to be expected.

12 Things NOT to Say to a Mum Whose Child Is Sick

Caroline Thain | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Thain

Try to find some time for yourself. Oh right. Golly, I hadn't thought of that! You are sooooo right. I do need sleep. And food. Who knew? If I could have more rest/time to eat and sleep, then believe me, I sodding would. With or without this incredible insight, top tip and humble permission of yours!

Butlins to Berlin: A Glimpse at the Future of Affordable Family Entertainment and Travel‏

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tetteh

Butlins in Bognor Regis I have to say kept us on our toes and our little man was skipping his naps to get in as much as possible of the entertainment. With family budgets not being what they were, less people are going abroad and are now enjoying a holiday in the UK.

Ever Feel Like You Need to Escape the Noise?

Maria Senise | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

I'm so appreciative of my mom's hard work, the generosity of our guests, family flying in, and my wonderful step kids, but I just need a break from the craziness. I've shut myself in my room to write this right now and am longingly staring at the trees swaying in the wind. I yearn to be calm as they are; I long to be at peace in nature. I need an escape from the noise.

Cycling and Camping Do Work!

Steph Mann | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Steph Mann

Summer. The time to be outside as much as you can, because lets face it, winter makes us stay in. So don't waste your days wondering what you could be doing, when you can just go out and do it.

What It Feels Like to Be the Target of Anonymous Trolls

Grant Feller | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Grant Feller

My family, it appears, are a 'bunch of ugly, sad losers'. My wife is so 'desperate' to leave me that she will '**** the next man she has a drink with'. My beautiful children are, variously, 'pathetic... spoilt... probably adopted' because I am 'unable to get it up... a waste of space... a miserable, untalented tosser'. Worst of all though, my kitchen is 'hideous'. So this is what being trolled feels like... The other week I wrote what I felt was a thought-provoking, if slightly tongue-in-cheek, confessional about my enforced 12-month sabbatical as a stay-at-home dad trying to set up a new business after sudden redundancy.

In the Footsteps of Our Families

Robin Lustig | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Like an ever-increasing number of people, we have a growing interest in our families' origins. But also because, as journalists, we can't help but be aware that migration is one of the biggest challenges facing the world we live in. So it's only natural that as the son and grandson of immigrants, we're irresistibly tempted to use our own families' pasts as a way of examining the present and the future.

Letting Grief Re-Define What Time and Success Mean

Debbie Leven | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Leven

Losing friends or family always makes you contemplate about life. Maybe it's also about being older and having different priorities, understanding that it's not the material things that really make a difference or bring happiness. When I was told the news that my friend had passed away I remember my immediate reaction was 'I thought there was more time.'

Fatherless Britain: What Is a Youth Without a Government?

Jack McSweeney | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jack McSweeney

"Investing so much time in the rich who are coming to the end of their time, instead of investing time in us who have lives to live and haven't yet reached our primes... How can we grow in a world where the dads don't help and the government don't love us?"

Defining Success

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

What does it mean to be successful? A high-powered job? Bags of money? A fancy house and expensive sports car? Living up to the expectations others have for you? To me, success is far more personal than any of these things.