UK Family

How Can We Get Children Reading?

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

In recent years, children's reading across all formats from books and magazines to websites has dropped significantly. Our research published last September revealed that only three young people in 10 read daily in their own time, compared with four young people in 10 in 2005.

Tough Love? A Guide to Controlled Crying for Babies and Frazzled Mums

Suzi Dixon | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Dixon

Research by American psychologists, published earlier this month, studied the sleep patterns of 1,200 children from birth to three years. Marsha Weinraub, professor of psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, said that alongside regular bedtimes, it was best for parents to not respond when their children call out or cry, especially after nine or 10 months of age.

Learning the Value of Money

Dr Elizabeth Kilbey | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Kilbey

I find it challenging enough saving money myself, let alone teaching my children to do the same with their pocket money. So what is the best way to teach kids about the value of money in a way that they can understand and put to good use?

Family Food Goals for 2013

Food Revolution | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Food Revolution

When it comes to healthy eating, I view my family as a work in progress.

Can't We Just Get Along? History and Genealogy Need to Join Up

Scott Phillips | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

In my biography on my Onward To Our Past® website you will see that I identify as a 'genealogical historian'. I personally believe these two disciplines go together like one of my favorite sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly.

Sibling Rivalry on Campus: Should You Follow Your Brother or Sister to the Same University?

Abbie Cavendish | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Abbie Cavendish

Many of my friends whose siblings have not yet accepted places at university are facing the possibility that their brothers and sisters may choose to study in the same city, even the same institution, as them. Some view this with dread and apprehension and others with excitement.

Compromise Within the Family: An essential Ingredient of Parenting

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Our children are our future, our hope. We all want them to be good human beings and better citizens. However, with changing nature of our society many of us are worried. Positive parenting is at the core of raising responsible children.

Top Tech Trends To Make Family Lives Easier In 2013

Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Tech

Chris Sanderson, futurologist and co-founder of trend forecasting consultancy The Future Laboratory, presents his top tech trends to make family lives...

Moving Overseas? What Every Gay Couple Needs to Know About their Relationship

Richard Adams | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Adams

So what are the key questions gay couples should be asking if considering a move overseas?

How I'm Coping With Losing My Mum

Zara Zubeidi | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zara Zubeidi

What do you do when that 'one in three' statistic becomes your own mother? In November 2011 my world came to a halt as I found out mum had terminal cancer of the pancreas, with a diagnosis of just six months to five years to live.

50th Wedding Anniversaries - Getting Rarer and Rarer?

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

So I ask you do we take to divorce like a duck to water? Do we give up too easily and too quickly once the problems and changes begin to permeate into our relationships?

Why Is UK Family Breakdown Rate So High?

PA | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK

The UK has one of the highest rates of family breakdown in the Western world with just two thirds of children living with both parents, according to r...

How to Survive and Thrive in the Festive Season

Sarah Rozenthuler | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Rozenthuler

To help you navigate your way through the dark days and nights of TV specials, nativity plays and carol concerts, here are my top 10 tips for coping with Christmas. As someone from a large family who's often found it a challenge, I've learnt that a little preparation can go a long way.

A Game of Family Bingo and Granny Round for Lunch - what kids really want this Christmas

Helen Dent | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Dent

It's that time of year again: Christmas carollers are on our street corners, shopping centres are open longer and later, and Santa is in annual residency in the High Street shops. For many parents in Austerity Britain however, Christmas will be a time of worry and stress.

Please UKBA, Can We Have Some More...

Nick Micinski | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Micinski

very day we hear about children and families living in poverty in Britain. Yesterday was the final day of evidence at the Parliamentary inquiry on support of children and families seeking asylum. The inquiry is the first formal review of the asylum support system since 2009 and has revealed evidence of systemic poverty, deprivation, and negative impacts on the lives of children.

Fertility Linked To Family Make-Up, Study Suggests

PA | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Men with more brothers than sisters are likely to have faster swimming sperm and greater fertility, a study suggests. Scientists assessing the fert...

So You're Single at Christmas? So What?

Daniel Warner | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

They say Christmas is about giving, about sharing and about being with the ones you love, which is a load of sentimental old tosh. It's about getting drunk, receiving underwear you wouldn't be caught dead in and tolerating behavior from people you normally wouldn't be seen dead with.

How To Avoid Christmas Arguments This Year

Kerry Hudson | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Hudson

'Tis the season to bicker all the way to the in-laws, or is it? Here's some popular disputes and how to prevent them.

Panorama - Reality Bites

Shan Ellis | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Shan Ellis

I took decisive action and then decision to move was made long before I went to court in the April of 2011, I had to put a roof over my kids' heads. That's what my priorities were. Stuff how much money I owed, how poorly I was, they had to come first.

Why Our Christmas Fantasy Can Ruin the Reality

Dan Roberts | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Roberts

At no other time of year is the gap between our fantasy of how things should be and the reality of how they really are wider than at Christmas. The bo...

Christmas - Without the Children? Well Hooray! Oh the Beauty of Co-Parenting!

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

This time of year is always strangely exciting for me because every other year I am with my girls while the next they spend it with their fathers (yes, I have been married and divorced twice).

Dementia, Memory Problems and Making it a Christmas to Remember

Andrew Chidgey | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK
Andrew Chidgey

Christmas can also be the time when early signs of dementia first become apparent. Here at Alzheimer's Society, we often see a spike in the number of calls our Helpline receives just after Christmas, so we really do appreciate how difficult a time of year this can be.

They Screw You Up, Your Mum and Dad, But Only if You Let Them

Daniel Warner | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

The funniest thing about today? My dad picked me up in an old transit van, full of newspaper, rubbish and dust from his working week and he said to me "You don't mind me picking you up in the van do you son? You must remember us always driving around like this when you were a boy?"

Gilles Legrand Will You be My Son

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Gia Marie Barbera

The Independent film distributor, Swipe Films, will be releasing the award-winning French movie, You Will be My Son. You Will Be My Son is a love-lett...

For a Family Abroad, a Thanksgiving Journey

Corinne Purtill | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Corinne Purtill

It's late Tuesday night after work and I'm elbow-deep in a bowl of pumpkin batter for my daughter's London preschool class. The children are encouraged to share with the class their Special Cultural Traditions. This week is Thanksgiving.