UK Family

Twelve Reasons Being an Auntie Is the Greatest Job in the World

Kate Leaver | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Leaver

Making a teeny-tiny human is the greatest thing your brother/sister ever did. They didn't do it for you, obviously. But sometimes, in a perfect moment with your niece/nephew on your lap, it feels like maybe they kind-of did.When my nephew, Charlie, puts his little hand in mine, the whole world makes sense. His existence is joy.

Dementia - They Don't Tell You These Things...

Dawn Vance | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dawn Vance

They don't tell you about the friends she's had for years who gradually stop coming to visit because they 'hate seeing her like that'. I'm pretty sure she hates being 'like that' too, but she could really do with a friend. They'll all be at her funeral though, because that's what friends are for, isn't it?

A Letter to My Eleven-Year-Old Self

Danny Bowman | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Bowman

Over the next couple of months things will become a little harder, your 11th Christmas will not be all cheer. And you will be full of fear due to your mental illness, you won't understand till early next year that it is mental illness.

Secondary Infertility: Is It Selfish to Want More of What You Already Have? I Say NO

Jane Newman | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Newman

I have secondary infertility, in other words I had fertility issues after my first child was born. She is now six. After five and a half years of numerous procedures, operations, four rounds of IVF, a miscarriage and ending up with a fairy godmother surrogate, I got my happy ending, my complete family.

To Be a Man, My Son

Ian Watson | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Watson

Dad's world was simpler than mine. Those he considered cowards were bullies and wife beaters. His idiots were layabouts, the intentionally uneducated and the spineless. My cowards are racists and homophobes. My idiots are the intolerant and the close-minded. People too scared to even try and understand anything that makes them look at their own lives.

Parents Need to Become Better 'Road Models'

Jo Whiley | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Whiley

Everyone picks up bad habits in life as well as driving, it's inevitable, but when you have children it's important to make sure you're not making glaring mistakes on a regular basis. I suppose that what many people need to realise is that if for instance your child grows up watching you on your phone in the car then they'll believe that it is safe behaviour.

Seeing My Grandpa Was the Hardest Part About Coming Home

Ashleigh Davis | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ashleigh Davis

I notice a difference in him immediately. His blue eyes are less focused, and he looks confused when he first sees me. As if he's thinking "I know that girl, but I just can't place her". His soft, wrinkled hands are shaky when he grasps mine in his, as I help him up from his chair. His smile is wide, but uncertain.

Why You Should Book Next Year's Family Holiday Now

Mark Hodson | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

If you have school-age kids there are some good arguments for booking your holidays well in advance. For a start, it's rare to find late deals during the school holidays - and who wants the stress of waiting until the last minute and hoping that something suitable and affordable shows up?

The Pressure Builds in 'Running on Empty' Britain

Stephen Burke | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK
Stephen Burke

But if people aren't stocking up for the future, then come a crisis or emergency, many will come unstuck. If you have to make an unexpected journey or have a major illness or fall or face sudden unexpected bills for example, then a lack of supplies or petrol could be disastrous. 'Running on empty' is fine until that moment hits.

The Joy of a Jewish Row

Grant Feller | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Grant Feller

We met my parents in a swish restaurant. I thought the evening went well until, in a taxi later, Sian asked with a worrying frown: "Do you actually like your parents?" "What do you mean?" "All you did was argue, pick faults and were all so rude!" "Really? I thought we were just talking."

Becoming an Empowered Care Consumer

Beth Britton | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK
Beth Britton

None of this will come as any great surprise. Following on from the scandals of Mid-Staffs, Morecambe Bay, Winterbourne View and others, the public are now largely conditioned to hearing about problems in health and social care services. There arguably remain more good news stories than bad ones, but of course the gravity of bad news travels far further.

Five Quick Things to Do When You're Feeling Stressed

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

This is probably one of the hardest articles that I've written, simply because stress is highly personable and there are so many different external factors that can influence the stress-state; however with this being said, when in that state there are some quick and easy things that you can do.

Spotify's Family Plan Is Music to My Ears

Andrew Denham | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Denham

Over recent years we've seen a move away from purchasing music to having access to an always-on supply of all our favourite tracks. Ten years ago we would have bought a CD and shared it between us. Up until now, digital and streamed music has been aimed at the individual and it has been difficult to share it, even with those under the same roof.

Salon del Gusto - Good, Clean, Fair Food

Danny McCubbin | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

Carlo Petrini's message was clear in his opening speech He said that indigenous races and the delegates at Salone del Gusto are the true intellectuals of the world. His request to all of us and to many more people around the world who were listening in was to protect Bio Diversity.

Does Anybody Really 'Lose Their Battle With Cancer?'

Paul M. Davies | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul M. Davies

The expression is often used to express regret or in a context of celebration of the deceased, however, it carries ulterior implications, even if they are unintended by the user. Describing people to have 'lost' to cancer suggests that they could have done something differently and the outcome could be changed.

The Death of Professor Ghulam Azam in Custody, a Fresh Wound for Bangladesh

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

I wasn't quite sure how I should respond to the death of Professor Ghulam Azam, the name I remember from nearly two years when it was suggested to me that the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh was set up to destroy the prominent figure...

Three Things You Can Do to Reduce Stress After Work

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

Stress is normal - and something that is experienced by everyone, no matter how relaxed they may seem on the outside. It is however how we manage and control our stress that separates us from each other...

Six Signs You Were Raised by a Narcissistic Mother

Alexandra Massey | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

But people who were raised by a narcissistic Mother are depleted of these traits and, as adults, are left with a legacy of difficulties which manifest themselves in all areas of life but particularly in relationships.

The Magic of the 47th Chromosome

Aslihan Agaoglu | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aslihan Agaoglu

When it comes to Down's syndrome, the most common genetic disorder effecting one in every thousand babies in the UK, we usually hear the stories through the parents' perspective. To them, it is nothing short of a "near-death experience": once it happens, you have a complete different outlook on life, everything you think you know changes and you have to learn how to live and love your new circumstances but in the end, you wouldn't have it any other way...

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

Fiona Kennedy | Posted 14.12.2014 | 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 14.12.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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.