UK Family

Is Your Teen a Saffy?

William Higham | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

Teenagers? We know what they're like, don't we. They're hedonistic and impetuous. They want their brands 'edgy' and their work easy. They kiss the future and shun the past. Sex, drugs and R&B.

Poorna Bell

Who Wants To Play With Dolls When You Can Make An Anti-Gravity Jar?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Unfortunately in the world of childhood, things are still very blue and pink. So with girls playing in their plastic kitchens and dressing up dolls, w...

The Truth About Dads...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Forget being promoted to CEO, becoming a Premier League footballer or designing a best-selling app: Nothing quite makes the man like fatherhood. Su...

Time to Start Planning Your Genealogy Tricks for Those Summer Family Gatherings

Scott Phillips | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Ah yes, it's summertime! A time for family gatherings of all sorts! Family reunions, picnics, and impromptu get togethers of all sorts! Each and every one of these can be a perfect time for your genealogy and family history story-gathering efforts! Stories, memories, tidbits, and more are the perfect way to enhance your family tree!

A Small Charity Making a Big Impact

Beth Britton | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

When it comes to my great passion, dementia, the UK's major charities - Alzheimer's Society, Alzheimer's Research UK and Dementia UK - are all becoming household names. Interestingly though, when my story of my dad's life with dementia was unknown, it was a charity hardly anyone in the dementia world talks about who showed most interest in me.

Competition: Why Kids Need to Learn How to Win and Lose

Jude Hurrell | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Hurrell

The little one was too young to notice but my three year-old picked up on my grump that night. 'Why are you so sad?' he asked when I couldn't muster the funny voices I usually bring to his bedtime story. 'I entered a competition and didn't win,'

Five Steps to Stop Worried Parent Syndrome

Malminder Gill | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

Parenting and worry seem to go hand in hand. But what happens when your incessant worry results in arguments, discord and tension between you and your child? You obviously mean well, you care and love your child and want the best but your child does not see that, resulting in frustration, anger and guilt.

How Does Today's Technology Bring Families Back Together?

Andrew Denham | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Denham

This week (26th May to 1st June) marks National Family Week. Backed by all major political parties and over 200 national and thousands of non-for-profit organisations, National Family Week is designed to bring families together through a programme of fun activities.

Documentary Photographer Rosie Barnes Talks About Her New Book, 'Understanding Stanley - Looking Through Autism'

Jo Worgan | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

This is a photobook, made over a period of 14 years, about her eldest son Stanley, now aged 17, who is autistic. Stanley was diagnosed in July 2000. As yet the book is not published, as Rosie needs funding in order to do so.

Things to Do in Cornwall With Children

Siobhan Starrs | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Siobhan Starrs

If you lost hours as a child in a world of endless summers, picnics, adventures and lashings of ginger beer, you were probably like me, a fan of Enid Blyton. Today I dream of similar innocent adventures for my own child.

Do You Really Wish You Could Get Together More Often? Or Is It Just Lip Service?

Liberty Forrest | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

I was chatting with a friend recently and mentioned that since I moved back to Calgary, I've started a monthly "Family Night." He said that sounded like a great idea and mentioned that his family only gets together at funerals now, and that they keep saying they should meet up in between but "it never happens. Maybe soon."

A Family's Core Task Is to Look After Its Vulnerable Members

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The community, society and state enter into the scene and must have their role, but upholding this humane ethos is a 'cradle to the grave' family task.

Hey Solange, Here Are Five Ways To Avoid Having A Massive Barney With Jay-Z

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Family: you can't live without them and you can't send them on a rocket to the Moon when they are at their most irritating. In light of Solange Kn...

Why Did This Agony Aunt Call Her Reader 'A Horrible Person'?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

There's tough love and then there's love delivered with a nail-studded baseball bat. A reader named 'Sad Sister' wrote to US-based agony aunt columnis...

The Cursed Twins of Madagascar

Kiki King | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kiki King

Meeting the unluckiest woman in Madagascar changed my views on motherhood forever. Despite standing almost 6ft tall, Carolin ducks her eyes when she smiles, shyness getting the better of her. She hides her inner steel. She lost everything because she refused to abandon her children. She is the mother of twins: three sets of twins.

Here's A Very Good Argument For Not Arguing

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

While popular thinking dictates that bottling your feelings up is bad for your health due to internal stress, researchers have found that regular argu...

Marriage Certificates Are Archaic and Sexist - But We Can Change This

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

I find it insulting a man who never offered any guidance, support or care somehow wormed his way into my wedding day, but I could deal with it if my mum at least had the same recognition.

Five Family Adventure Holidays in Europe

Mark Hodson | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

If you want to take the kids to Europe this summer, but don't fancy the idea of spending all day at a crowded noisy pool, how about trying something different? These new and exciting family adventures are packed with action and at the time of publication were all available to book during the school summer holidays.

Inclusion in India

Nikita Malik | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

People in India enjoy asking questions. "Why aren't you eating anything?" a waiter accuses me when I order a cup of tea. "Are you on a diet? You're thin, no need to do that." I am used to keeping to myself, but in India no one takes any notice of that. Strangers talk to me all the time, when I'm on a bus or train or while standing in a queue

Bank Holiday - Five Tips to Protect Precious Family Time

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

May is lovely in Great Britain - friends are busy sharing photos of sunny walks in the park, the first BBQ of the year, or the first time playing cricket as the May Bank Holidays encourage us to get outside and be more active. With the understanding that the British weather is unpredictable, we rush out to soak up the rays at every opportunity.

Peppa and George Will Now Battle to the Death

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

There are many aspects of parenting which you can't be taught. In fact almost all parenting skills can't be taught. There are often decisions to make which have no clear rights or wrongs. You kind of have to feel your way through. Do what seems right, learn from mistakes and adapt it as you go.

Surprise! I Don't Hate Raising My Kids

Jessica Shortall | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

So, fine. I do righteous indignation well - just ask my sister for examples from the zero to twenty years period, and my husband can take over from there. But this argument has been made, and made pretty well.

It's Just Stuck on Mum!

Jane Lythell | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Lythell

My daughter Amelia and I are very close and she was the dearest child from nought to thirteen. When she hit her teens I sometimes wondered if an alien had infiltrated the body of my sweet cuddly girl. Tantrums became part of our life.

Another Day, Another White Knuckle Ride For Mum

Janey Jones | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Janey Jones

When you live with three teenagers, you are always the first in bed. You are programmed to sit up trance-like at 2am, jump out of bed and do a check of bodies in beds - and, if bodies are missing, conduct the same check hourly thereafter. This was a shock - a return to broken nights from the exhausting days of Baby-has-a-cold.

The Beauty of Rearing Children in the Hardest of Times

Adrian Millar | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

My wife rings me. "I've been shopping, and we've only 200 Euros left to do us till my pay comes in a week from now." "What? 200?" I'm in shock. I leave my friend's house and return home. I check the fridge to see how much food we have and how much we'll need.