UK Family

No Wonder We Love Genealogy: It Is Scientifically Proven to Be Good for Us

Scott Phillips | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

The more I read the more I see real connections between genealogy/working on our family history/ancestry and the psychological benefits of the nostalgia it might trigger!

Sweet 16 at 92

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

If literary tradition is anything to go by, 21 year old young women are generally expected to have blossomed into physical beauty, adopted open-minds and have an attractive aura of conviction. However, I still get mistaken for a runaway cast member from Outnumbered...

Thirteen Things I Learnt In 2013

Anais Mutumba | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anais Mutumba

I did this for the first time last year on my website, 12 things I learnt in 2012, and I think I might do this annually. There's always something to be thankful for and lessons to be learnt.

Are We Raising a Generation of Neurotics or Does Fewer Siblings Mean an End to Family Squabbles?

Christina Franks | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Franks

So only children are the future. Bigger families are increasingly disparaged in the West, remaining the preserve of the opposing ends of the class spectrum, and fewer and fewer of us will be able to afford the financial and time investment required to rear a brood as market conditions adapt to smaller families.

Care Verses Cure - Let's Not Fight About It

Beth Britton | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Dementia, in common with many terminal diseases, polarises opinion when it comes to the priorities different individuals and groups have. For me, finding merit in every argument isn't difficult. Take for example families who have a loved one currently living with dementia; their priority is generally for improved care and support now. Who wouldn't agree with that?

Facing a Christmas Divorce? Collaborate, Don't Aggravate

Philippa Cunniff | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Philippa Cunniff

There's no way to broach the subject of divorce at this time of year without feeling it somehow goes against the spirit of the season, but for a large number of families it's something which has to be faced very quickly after the last mulled wine has been drunk.

How to Survive the Family Christmas

Kate Bellamy | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Bellamy

We're all mad to get home for Christmas because it is the done thing. We spend the rest of the year with these people, they've known us our whole lives, so why - on the one day everyone is meant to be happy - are we forced to swap cracker jokes with them over a dinner fraught with 'I wouldn't have done it like that' tension?

Why Does Reading Makes Christmas So Special for UK Children?

Alison David | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

Imagine a family - mum, dad and children, all in their pyjamas - snuggled up together on the sofa, drinking hot chocolate and listening to dad read a favourite Christmas story. No, it's not a flashback to the 1950s; it's what parents have told us they will be doing this year.

BAAAAARRRRHUMBUG?

Gina Lyons | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

You feeling Christmassy? You excited for the time off, the overeating, the family fun and the presents? You love this time of year? All the film watching, Roses munching, Baileys drinking fun you can have eh? Well not me.

Christmas and Me

Jamie Stangroom | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Jamie Stangroom

Christmas seems to get longer every year. I noticed that shopping-channel BidTV started flogging Christmas decorations in September... As the build-up gets bigger and bigger, by the time it eventually comes around, the intensity is so excessive that it could never be as good as you'd hoped.

Parents and Presents for Their Kids

Mike Collins | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Collins

It's the age old question that parents have to face up to every year: will my kid(s) have enough presents to open on Christmas Day. How much is enough we ponder? And will they like them? We try to get that balance right between fun toys and educational toys. As the cash registers tick over we will be tempted to throw caution to the wind heading home with bags full of goodies.

Families Can Fall Prey to Loneliness Too

David Holmes | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Holmes

The conventional image of loneliness or isolation, particularly at Christmas, is of an older person living on their own. But families can feel intensely isolated too. Everyone needs support from time to time, and when that support is absent and people feel they have no-one to turn to, it can have a significant impact on an individual's health and well-being and can damage families.

Around the World in 14 Days

Max De Lucia | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Max De Lucia

The idea is simple. We're on a mission to bring people all over the world together through the power of music and the human voice. We've asked you to help us make it happen and you haven't disappointed.

Is There a Deeper Connection Beyond Christmas Loneliness?

Tony Lobl | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

But do we have to let aloneness define who we are? Or can alone time, however it arises, offer the opportunity to dig deeper and find hidden resources? That's what happened to me. I found that a sense of alienation didn't necessarily need company in order to be subdued.

'Who's Your Daddy?'- Has Reality TV Reached an All-Time Low?

Cynthia Lawrence | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Cynthia Lawrence

Paternity Court is the latest courtroom TV show aired in the States and has already proved to be a huge success. Set in a non-traditional courtroom, (with a studio audience), families can settle paternity disputes by DNA testing once and for all. Presiding as judge is the perfectly coiffured Lauren Lake, a family lawyer and legal analyst.

Genealogy as Therapy (Geneatherapy)

Scott Phillips | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

My geneatherapy has helped me, my family, my extended family, old friends, new friends and colleagues, and provided me with endless (and I do mean endless) hours, to which my wife will attest, of learning and losing myself in subjects I never dreamed I would find an interest in earlier in my life.

The Problem With Christmas

James Fyfe | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Fyfe

The unnecessary consequences of Christmas; the promotion of the importance of 'purchasing' above anything else. After all, at a time when wages are lower than ever in relation to our living expenses, is it not time to simply say that enough is enough?

Blanket Censorship Will Lull Parents Into a False Sense of Security

Diane Duke | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Tech
Diane Duke

Yes, as the UK government's paper so aptly calls it 'Basically...Porn is Everywhere'. Pornography is about sex and nudity which, whether you like it or not, is a fundamental part of our being. It is also regulated and legal in the UK (that's another issue). So when it comes to protecting our children's welfare we need to address the issue of pornography in an adult way.

'Embarrassing' Parents: Cringey or Cool?

Anna Pitts | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Pitts

Whilst it is understandable that anything that combines parents and 'getting jiggy' are quite possibly the most mortifying situations to be in, other activities that made the 'Top 10 Cringe Index' seem questionable.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Ways to Beat Christmas Stress

Robert Kelly | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Kelly

What can you do to ensure that your Christmas season really is a pleasurable time of year? How can you avoid creating excessive stress and anxiety and make sure that you enjoy the festive fun? The following three top tips are short insights... which shows people how to permanently change their limiting beliefs.

The Lies We Tell at Christmas (and the Hefty Price I Must Now Pay)

Judith Lewis | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Lewis

At the point at which he agreed I had to make good on the lie I had just told and actually find a Christmas dinner hamper. I looked around, asked friends and perhaps because it was early, found nothing.

Fears For Brit Hiker Missing In Canada

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK

A man has flown over to Canada to search for his son who he believes went missing while hiking in the country, police have said. Tom Billings, 22, ...

Five Tips to Survive the Holidays

Emma Brooke | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Brooke

I'm the first to admit that for those of you who have families to support, families with expectations of lovely presents wrapped in shiny paper for the cat / dog / tortoise to try to eat off overnight, the run up to Christmas is nothing but scary stress and you can't wait for it to be over.

Is Single the New Married?

Brett Harding | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brett Harding

When it comes to whether being single is a superior status to being married, attitudes across the world are changing but even in the UK many people believe being in a relationship could hold them back.

Boys and Reading - There Is Everything to Play for!

Alison David | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

While parents might long for their sons to read the classics, they have to start somewhere and books based on digital properties, magazines and comic style books are as good a place as any.