UK Family

But You're Married and You Have Kids... Why Did You Get Depressed?

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

I'm tired of being asked why I got depressed. I have no problem talking about how it has impacted on my life, and that of my family and friends, I think people need to know exactly how much mental illness can take over and infiltrate every aspect of life. But I have a very big problem with the perception that this could somehow be my own fault

Think You're All Grown Up?

Becky Walsh | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Walsh

If you didn't get that kind of supportive love in childhood, then you are even less likely to get it as an adult. It can be heart breaking watching your children be more loved than you were by their now Nanny and Grandpa, in a way you yourself wanted to be loved by Mum and Dad.

How to be a Calm Parent - Body Language Expert Reveals All

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

No matter what anyone says, the stresses involved with parenting are unlike any other stresses that exist. As a father of two, I know that despite the best parenting efforts, boiling point will be experienced with a number of situations no matter what you do to keep your emotions under control.

Sibling Confessions - 'I Ate Six Tacos So My Brother Couldn't Have One'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

There is no one on the earth we enjoy winding up more than our siblings (mainly because we know they'll always forgive us). And it seems we're not...

Eight Signs You Were Raised in a Dysfunctional Family

Alexandra Massey | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

What is a dysfunctional family? Well, there is a huge span when it comes to the term 'dysfunctional'. It ranges from mildly dysfunctional to completely nuts. There is really no guide when it comes to determining how dysfunctional a family is but, for the purposes of this article, we are leaning towards the 'completely nuts' end of the spectrum.

For the Flourishing of Young Minds: The Mindfulness Toolkit for Tough Times

Richard Burnett | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Burnett

Mindfulness is not enough on its own; it is no silver bullet. Schools are complex places and people more complex still - teachers, pupils and parents alike. Mindfulness must be part of a broader pastoral net, not only in terms of social and emotional learning, but also child protection.

Where do We Draw the Line on Help and Support for People With Mental Illness?

Phill Hudson | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

Where do we draw the line on help and support for people with Mental illness? I ask this question because I have seen what happens when families and friends say enough is enough you're in this on your own!

Muddling Through - Mental Illness and Parenting

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Kennedy

But how about my kids? How am I with them? At my worst, I'm unable to cope with them. I can't engage, I don't want to play, getting myself up, dressed and fed is sometimes beyond me. Often, all I'm capable of is sitting and staring at a wall for hours on end. I resent every demand that's made of me, I want to be left alone, utterly and completely.

How Not to Stress About Money

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

The feeling of being trapped is a horrible feeling, when pushed into the corner we usually make irrational choices that further worsen the situation and prolong the suffering. If you're feeling trapped, with debts increasing and that light at the end of the tunnel is appearing further away then GET HELP! Remove any pride from your situation and reach out; you'll thank me if you do!

The 'Cost' of Dementia

Beth Britton | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

I am always immensely uncomfortable when anyone tries to put a monetary value on dementia, purely because I know that there is so much more to calculating the 'cost' of dementia than could ever be accurately represented by the use of pound signs. The emotional, all-encompassing, life-changing (and life-shortening) effects of dementia reach far and wide into every family affected.

Do You Eat Dinner While Glued To The TV? (You're Not Alone)

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Good news! Almost half of British people still eat a meal together, every day. The not-so-great news? Two-thirds of us are watching at least one sc...

Run of the Mill Workaday Feminist

Lucy Frederick | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Lucy Frederick

As a comedian, feminism is something that pops up in discussion for me relatively often. I'm often asked to comment in blogs or interviews on whether there are enough women in comedy, whether we are treated differently and even whether or not we are actually very funny (I mean, I know right?!). So it's obviously a subject that I think a lot about.

Friends and Family Who Sap Your Positive Energy

Maggie Currie | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

According to them they never had the opportunities, they are always putting people down, they don't like other people to be successful, they are jealous and are negative thinkers - and so much more!

Five Ways the Next Government Can Make Life Better for Families and Carers

Stephen Burke | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Which party will put families and all generations first? The answers will become more evident in the next three weeks.

Barefoot Yoga Luxury at the Ends of the Earth

Jane Egginton | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Egginton

Martinhal prides itself on offering barefoot chic at the beach and my friend and hairdresser, Nancy and I, who have come to experience Martinhal's first yoga week, don't put our shoes on all week. We patter from our beautiful wooden cubed beach room with beachfront view to our 'pod' complete with beanbags, overlooking the ocean.

While Cameron Pleads for Us to Keep It in the Family, Scotland Sings 'I Want to Break Free'... So Who Is the Daddy?

Malory Nye | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Malory Nye

If we want to see our national politics in familial terms, then we should feel quite alright about doing it in a twenty-first century manner. No divorce is painless, but very often it is what the individuals want.

When a Father Kills - It Is More Than Just a Tragedy.

Bob Morgan | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK
Bob Morgan

It is clear that there are other men out there (and some women) thinking about doing this and we should at least call them what they are - cowardly, violent men (usually) who can't face up to the stresses of life without resorting to terrible crimes.

Amicable Divorce Is Just as Damaging for Children

Sara Davison | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

Many divorcing parents struggle to identify the best approach for the children. It is a roller coaster at the best of times and when you throw children into the mix it becomes a minefield of emotional management.

Bride Gives Her Dying Father 'The Best Gift A Daughter Could Give'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

For many fathers, dancing with their daughter on her wedding day is something they dream about for years, and one lady was determined to make sure her...

Lager on the Loo: Seven Habits to Leave on Holiday

Jess Paterson | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Paterson

We are waiting for the kids to fall asleep so we can drink like civilized people: sitting on the corridor outside the cabin. The depths to which one sinks as a parent never cease to amaze. We could have just gone to bed at the same time as the children and listened to them not falling asleep. But we are on Holiday!

A Brother's Love for His Sister

Jessica Smith | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Smith

My brother wrote about his experience of having a sister with an eating disorder and it literally broke my heart into a million pieces. I wanted to share with you all his own words, because this is a family disease!

This Father Won't Be Walking His Daughter Down The Aisle - Here's Why

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Tissues at the ready, because what you're about to see will really tug on the old ticker. For many fathers, walking their daughter down the aisle i...

Living With the Stigma of Depression

Phill Hudson | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Phill Hudson

I can still recall those early days when our second daughter was born in June 2012, endless tears; long periods of inactivity, terrified to leave the house caused by an unbearable anxiety and despite being surrounded by loved ones a feeling I can only describe as utter emptiness and isolation. This is how I remember seeing my wife in the summer of 2012. My heart still sinks when I think that at the moment our little treasure was born a part of my beloved wife died.

Family and Friends vs The Fug

Pam Warren | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

I made a promise to myself while recovering from my injuries to always put family and friends needs before anything else. In the ensuing years I have managed to keep this promise. What I could not foresee was how this vow would be tested when I was torn between both family and a friend, at the same time, in the past two months.

The Lullaby Is Now in Space

Jo Worgan | Posted 30.10.2014 | 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.