UK Family

Breakthroughs Designed to Make IVF a More Natural Process Should Be Welcomed

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

This week saw the news that the world's first baby had been born following the use of a naturally occurring hormone called kisspeptin. This hormone helps to induce egg development allowing women to avoid using the traditional IVF drugs.

I'm Not Just a Dad, I'm a Dad

Adrian Millar | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

I'm not just a dad. I'm a dad. I change the world, like all dads and mums. The Obamas know that. And so does Neven. Do you? I hope so.

Berating Men and Fathers Is a Waste of Time

John L. Adams | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
John L. Adams

Speaking for myself, I see women, mothers and feminists as colleagues and friends. We can and should all work together to help dads become better parents and raise the profile of fatherhood. Anti-male blog-posts such as the one written by Louise Pennington create a wedge between the genders.

My Dad and Roy Kinnear: When Anoraks Collide

Catherine Lawson | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Lawson

A man came over to the bench and sighed deeply as he sat down next to us. Dad nudged me."He's wearing my anorak." Sure enough, he was wearing the same anorak as Dad, albeit a slightly less battered version. He nudged the man: "Nice anorak," he said. The man looked up and it was Roy Kinnear.

Things to Do in New York for Less Than $100

Andrew Matthews | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

The most exciting city in the world is also the 4th most expensive place to visit - based on the price of a night in a NY hotel. No mention of the free theatre, Public Rush Tickets at Carnegie Hall, free entry to lots of museums after 4pm, Broadway family nights, deli specials...

Dad's Going to Iceland

Dalia Ben-Galim | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Dalia Ben-Galim

It might not be a new pair of socks, or even a toolbox, but a 'daddy quota' could be long-lasting and the best Father's Day present he'll ever have. That way dad might even have time to go to Iceland.

Why Bruce Springsteen Will Always Be Cooler Than Facebook

Grant Feller | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Grant Feller

Who wants my precious spare ticket to this weekend's Bruce Springsteen gig? Really. Because I desperately need someone to tell me I'm not a boring, uncool, faded jeans, slightly-paunched, greying, 40-something rocker whose refusal to grow up is no longer charming but worrying.

Make This Sunday a Special Father's Day - Not a Farther Away Day

Peter Ryding | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Ryding

You see time is the single biggest gift parents can give their children. As a business coach and mentor, I have seen how lack of time from their parents during childhood has caused major issues in the minds and behaviours of some of the most successful CEOs.

Living With a Boy

Victoria Joy | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Joy

It's not that I hadn't lived with men before; I grew up suffering dead arms from my older brother. But this didn't quash my fear when the time came to move in with the other half, it made the uncertainty worse.

Cross-Party Inquiry Reveals How Migration Rules Are Splitting British Families Apart

Don Flynn | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics
Don Flynn

There are other victims of the recent changes in immigration policy which have received far less attention. Amongst these are the non-EU spouses of British citizens earning less than £18,600. The government has targeted this group with the justification that their financial position makes their spouse a burden on the public purse.

One Million Children Grow Up Without Fathers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

According to a new report into family breakdown, at least one million children are growing up without a father. A study by The Centre for Social J...

The Traditional Family Is Irrelevant Because It Doesn't Exist

Alice Rigby | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Rigby

What hasn't been discussed though, probably partly because it seems so obvious, is the social structure that is a family. Advocates of 'traditional' marriage have rolled out their favourite phrase, the 'traditional' family, without acknowledging one simple fact; there isn't such a thing.

We Are Not Afraid: The Tech Questions Parents Really Ask

Holly Seddon | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Tech
Holly Seddon

There is a perceived culture of fear when it comes to parents letting their precious offspring bounce around the Wild West of the internet and our Tomorrow's World of technology. But we've found that the reality is very different.

Buying a Father's Day Card for Your Stepfather

John L. Adams | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
John L. Adams

I often wonder who writes such gushing father's day tributes. They might be suitable for your natural father (although I frequently question this), but in my opinion you want something slightly more conservative for a stepfather.

Are You 'Baby Ready'? How to Have a Soulful and Transformative Pregnancy

Alice Grist | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Being 'baby ready' is so much more than purchases and the inevitable pushing. You can make heartfelt attempts to sort your self out. You can do a whole lot of growing up. You can deal with your inner issues, your angers, your resentments, your bitterness, your issues with your parents, your addictions etc

Bank Holiday Brits 'Prefer Games To Sex'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK

Brits favour a different kind of button pushing over the bank holiday weekend, according to new research which suggests people prefer gaming to sex. ...

If Bake-Off Hollywood's Over What About Boris?

Grant Feller | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Grant Feller

Why does a philandering chef ruin his career but his political partner in crime become a national icon? Is it because we assume that Boris and his ilk already have twisted morals since politics is a pretty ruthless business?

The Australian Federal Budget Means Nothing to Me

Xavier Toby | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

What does the budget mean to me? Me personally? It means nothing. Absolutely nothing. After looking through every different list in the media of 'wha...

Demystifying Gluten-Free Cooking

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

Cooking gluten-free food for the whole family isn't rocket science, it just requires a bit of thought and learning some basic skills, like how to substitute ingredients.

Am I Still From Over There?

Sara Yasin | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Politics
Sara Yasin

Today is important. Not only because there are flagrant human rights abuses, but also because those of us that wander have lost and will continue to lose. Those of us that are first generation might have experienced visits or the scattered memories of our parents, but that loss, that inability to return, is one that will continue to be passed through generations.

Bigger Picture, Perennial Wisdom?

Adrian Millar | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

How did I ever get into this, I think? How did I ever let my life slide so far? I could have been a political science lecturer, a Japanese language interpreter, a writer who inspired millions, but here I am sorting out arguments between two teenagers. Where did it all go wrong?

Save Me From Mumsnet!

Grant Feller | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Grant Feller

The low point probably came several months ago when I raced upstairs, put on my best suit and pretended to go off to work. It was 5pm and the children were due back from school. The truth that I wasn't able to tell them was that I had lost my job 72 hours earlier and was acting out this increasingly ridiculous charade partly out of shame, embarrassment and, well, I just didn't know what to say.

Don't Revisit your Childhood, on your Children

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

As the world evolves, so humanity remains essentially emotionally the same. All of it crystallized in sharp relief within the hellish prison of childhood. I always said I'd never forget...and yet now I have children, I find myself getting annoyed because their drama doesn't meet my criteria for what merits hysterical crying and slammed doors.

I Want One Of Those - A Stay-At-Home Dad

Adrian Millar | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

My wife has left me. Ok, you could say I drove her to it. My children would. So too would her friends. And there's a lot of truth in that. It started about six weeks ago.

I Am Dad: Thoughts on Impending Fatherhood

Richard Taylor | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Taylor

In five months time I am going to be a Dad and I've never felt manlier. It's an interesting coming of age moment where everyone shifts position; father becomes grandfather, son becomes father and bump becomes cute yet terrifying little human.