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Living Below the Line: Day Two

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

Today is Day 2 of Living below the line. Yesterday's food came in at an astounding 61p, which I can't quite believe is possible...

Fatherhood and Its Sacrifices

Karl Young | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karl Young

Nothing could have ever prepared me for fatherhood, not even those overly judgmental and opinionated parental advice magazines could have explained to me what my relationship and my body would have to go through in the first three months of fatherhood.

I Support Leo Andrade-Martinez, a Mother Fighting to Bring Her Severely Autistic Son Home

Jo Worgan | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Leo Andrade-Martinez is a mother of 3 from Islington, London and 16 months ago her world was turned upside down when her son, Stephen 19 who has severe autism was placed into a psychiatric unit at St Andrew's Hospital, Northampton, which is 80 miles from their Islington home.

Will 'Saffy' Teens be Absolutely Fabulous for Society?

William Higham | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

In my last article, I identified a new young generation, the SAFFYs: Serious, Active, Forward-Facing Youth. They're very different to the "typical teen" parodied by Kevin the Teenager. Less frivolous, hedonistic, lazy and 'devil may care'. More anxious and responsible about the future, and more respectful of the past.

The Place of LGBT+ Family Members and Allies at Pride

Shoshana Davidson | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shoshana Davidson

The worldwide Pride season is now in full swing, with London Pride this coming Saturday. I would be there, if I wasn't out of the country. Last year I partied in Spain, and the year before I could be found celebrating in both London and Bristol.

The Joy of Being Misunderstood: How To Handle Pain

Sacha Wise | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sacha Wise

Really?! The joy of being misunderstood? Yes, bare with me for a second and just keep reading. Misunderstandings can be like sharing your home with a stranger: awkward, uncomfortable and frustrating. Even worse, when the stranger is supposed to be your best friend, parent or partner, and the intimate space is your relationship. No joy yet.

Living Below the Line

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

Myself and my regional team are joining thousands of people across the world by taking part in the Live Below the Line Challenge. For 5 days, we will be living on £1 a day for food and drink, with the aim of raising funds for Oxfam, to help improve the lives of the world's poorest, at home and abroad...

The Global Challenges of Dementia

Beth Britton | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Beth Britton

Dementia is a huge topic, encompassing many different aspects that stray into the territories of (in no particular order) healthcare, social care, science, community, family life, wider society, therapeutic practitioners, the voluntary sector, academia, finance, pharmaceuticals and yes, politics. 'Ownership' of it is hotly contested - it is a health issue, a care issue, something that governments must lead on or something that only the individuals living with it, and their families, truly understand?

Sister to Autism

Alice Jones | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Jones

I feel love on a fierce level, I feel protective, but without means with which to practice it. I feel anger when the stories of social dysfunction at school or gatherings reach me. I feel angry when children don't have the patience for him and I worry about his outcast status. I feel guilt as strongly. I feel it when I command attention over him, I feel it when my patience runs thin...

Kindness: An International Value

Georgina Jones | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Georgina Jones

family and friends but also to unite strangers through a value that can be included in every aspect of life. Kind acts do not have to be newsworthy to involve a positive chain and this effect is often present in everyday kindness we see and do like helping a stranger carry their luggage upstairs.

Finding Bugs In The Garden Is Better Than Homework

Saskia Lee Stewart | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Saskia Lee Stewart

Do we want our young ones to grow up with strong and independent minds... or do we want them to be brainwashed by 'The Regime', ending up lacking control of who they are?

Family Friendly Festivals

Ceri Tinley | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Tinley

Music festivals are often associated with images of mud, rain, and excess - not necessarily the first place you would think of taking your children. There are, however, some family friendly festivals where parents and children alike can embrace the music, drama and entertainment.

Mindfulness in Schools

Anna Moody | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

Has anyone noticed that things are a bit 'off' in the world at the moment? How do we set about course correcting? Can anyone come up with a solution?

A Token of Affection

Emma Campbell | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Campbell

Jake was six when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. About to start chemo and therefore about to see my appearance dramatically alter I knew I had no choice but to try and explain to him in simple, non scary terms what was happening. "Mummy's got a nasty lump," I said as we sat together in the kitchen one sunny afternoon.

I Love My Mother, But I Don't Always Like Her

Thuy Yau | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thuy Yau

I've never had an ideal relationship with my parents. In particular, with my mother. We've always differed in our values and morals. As a result, we fought a lot as I was growing up. However, as our relationship stands right now, it's the best it's ever been. Why? Because I've learned to love her for who she is, instead of desperately trying to change her.

Lessons of Loss

Leah Gasson | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Leah Gasson

I will always miss Nanny Carol, who gate-crashed weddings and fed her dog caviar and who danced in the kitchen and used words without caution, but I'll always have had her in my life, and her wonderful madness is etched, eternally, into my genes.

Warning: This Flash Mob For A Terminally Ill Mother Might Make You Cry

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Comedy

Because we're not just about the LOLZ here at HuffPost UK Comedy. We're also about the uplifting. And it doesn't get much more uplifting - and movi...

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.