UK Family

Eight Ways to Find a Good Value Break During School Holidays

Alison Couper | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Couper

Now that the weeks of wind and rain we have all see this winter seem to be over, at least for now, it's natural to crave the sunshine and look forward to a holiday. But it can be challenging to find a good value break, particularly if you want to travel during peak periods.

My Daughter, the Anti-Princess

Claire Gillespie | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Gillespie

Does it bother me that my daughter doesn't join in when the other little girls are playing house? Not for a second. She's over with the boys, running faster and jumping higher than she ever would with Cinderella slippers on. In any case, she'll always be a princess in my eyes. A tangled-haired, grubby-faced, puddle-stomping, world-conquering princess.

So, Who Is Doing the Washing Up Tonight?

Torsten Klaus | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

Anyway, I believe we (men, dads, uncles, grandads) should get more pro-active at this matter. Let's bring some genuine equality into our homes and show that fathers of the new generation are just awesome. So gents, it's about time to pull up our sleeves and to get busy there.

A Reminder of the 'Other Mothers' That Need Our Love This Weekend

Shannon Edwards | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shannon Edwards

With all the kisses, lunches and love that comes of this Sunday, I'd suggest looking around you and seeing if there are mums who need our extra support. Here are a few you might want to give extra love to:

What We Don't Tell Our Mothers, Usually, on Mother's Day (But Perhaps We Should)

Paula Coston | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

With Mothers Day coming up, for various reasons I'm especially aware this year of the concealments of daughters like me, probably all over the world.

Me and My Grandmother

Deborah C Dooley | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK
Deborah C Dooley

Sometimes I think I may be turning into my grandmother. I remember very well how, having flagged down a taxi, she would think nothing of rejecting it if the driver neglected to jump out and open the door for her.

What Is Your Role in Helping a Loved One Recover From Depression?

Danny Baker | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny Baker

One of the cruelest features of depression is that it can trick the sufferer into thinking that their pain in permanent, and that they're destined to be miserable for the rest of their life. Your role as a close friend or loved one is to offer them hope by reminding them that if they get the right help, they'll be able to recover and feel well again.

Are You Suffering From Toddler's Back?

Nick Jones | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Jones

Sleep deprivation is a key cause of Toddler's Back, when you have kids you just don't get to rest like you used to - fact. Our daughter is no fan of sleeping, and despite being a perfect little angel (well almost) during daylight hours, she turns into something of a diva at night. It was during a particularly difficult night time shift this week, when my Toddler's Back really struck.

Help, Don't Judge - An Alternative Budget

Jenny A Allen | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jenny A Allen

What might be better than a marriage tax allowance? For a start, what about increased access to relationship counselling? Something which might actually help save a struggling relationship. Unlike the proposed marriage tax break which even David Cameron acknowledges won't stop anyone from getting a divorce.

Mother's Day - How to Be an Ideal Mother in Law

Cat Williams | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Williams

An 'interfering mother-in-law' is one of society's favourite stereotypes. The term 'mother-in-law' sounds negative and criticising even before anything is known about the individual themselves. Mothers and daughters-in-law often find it particularly difficult to get along. What is the secret of those who can overcome the stereotype, and build a friendship with their 'DIL'?

My Dad is Gay and So Am I. Questions?

Conor Penn | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

I think I was about 16 when my dad came out as gay. Following a series of hospitalisations relating to his mental health, the time had come for him to start talking about his sexuality. In the years that have since passed, I have also come out and subsequently been asked various reductive and predictable questions...

Budget 2014: It's Time to Tackle the 'Hard-Working Families' Rhetoric

Matt Hawkins | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

Not only should we question what the Conservative vision of a hard-working society looks like in reality, we should also remember who is evangelising it and why. When it comes to work and family backgrounds the Coalition cabinet could not be more unrepresentative of the run-of-the-mill British family.

What Role Do Parents Play in Their Child's Marriage?

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Involvement of parents and family members has a more likelihood of bringing a better spouse with matching backgrounds in terms of family and upbringing - not just on external features. Morally upright young people would obviously look for morally upright life-partners and they would go the extra mile to find a reasonable match.

The Price Children Pay for Watching Their Parents Fight

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

When we speak of conflict, where things get nasty and personal, where it's not just words that are used as weapons but bodies and objects around, then we wreak havoc in the lives of our children.

What My Mother Told Me

Donna Ida Thornton | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Donna Ida Thornton

Mother's Day is soon approaching and with International Women's Day last Saturday, suddenly everything seems to be about women, and Mums, and how much we really do learn from them. The people I look to for inspiration are all women, every single one of them.

Woman Blames 'Dodgy' Tesco Rotisserie Chicken For Causing Her IVF To Fail

Ross Parry | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has claimed her IVF attempt to have a baby failed because she got food poisoning from a dodgy Tesco chicken. Lisa Fessey thought her emotio...

The Forgotten Education of a Holiday

Kitiara Pascoe | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kitiara Pascoe

Nothing gets people talking more than the subject of children and parenthood however, one angle really got my attention. Jenny Willott, the consumer affairs minister, said holidays 'should not be at the expense of a child's education,' going on to mention the possible negative impact of missing school.

How to Get Your Kids into Cooking

Fiona Hamilton-Fairley | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Hamilton-Fairley

In my work with young children I'm often asked what you can do to keep kids interested and make cooking fun for them, the good news is it is possible! Therefore I thought it would only be right to share some tips with parents on how to get your kids into cooking and enjoying good fresh delicious food .

Drinking in Pregnancy: When Is Enough, Enough?

Christina Franks | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Franks

I was upfront with the doctor who confirmed Jonah's pregnancy at around six weeks about my alcohol consumption. He tried to alleviate my fears, telling me his wife didn't realise she was pregnant until she was five months gone. "We just don't know what the effects might be," he said, but you are far from the only one who gets drunk before they realise they are pregnant.

Three Reasons Why Having Cats Doesn't Prepare You for Having Children

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Don't be downhearted if you are a cat owner and haven't had children yet. I suppose there are some things that cats do that may help prepare you for children. Sometimes they shit on the carpet. Sometimes they piss in the kitchen. And sometimes they stay out all night and come home pregnant...

'I Wish I Had Breast Cancer'

Kate Leaver | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Leaver

We're talking about actual human beings existing in the twilight of grief and primal fear that comes with cancer. And if a lung, bowel, or pancreatic cancer patient feels, in that horrific state of mind, that it'd be easier to have a more socially acceptable cancer like breast cancer... We can't judge that. What are we doing, policing the private fears of terminally ill people now?

How Are Family Structures Affecting Our Children?

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Experience shows that frequent change of partners without deeper commitment and a meaningful responsibility towards each other is one of the main reasons for an increasing number of 'problem children' in many developed countries. They cost us educationally, socially and economically. This is a big worry for social scientists, educationalists and many parents.

Why Parents Are Not Always to Blame

Pat Spungin | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pat Spungin

There is no one right way to parent a child beyond the basics of love and boundaries. Children are born with different temperaments and ways of responding to the world and what works for one child is wrong for another. Most children are resilient and will bounce back but there are a few who are particularly vulnerable to addictions, psychological disorders and extreme behaviour.

Does Anger Have a Place in Love Relationships?

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

How do we learn to control anger? It is of course very complex and difficult and sometimes no matter what we try to do, it's going to come up. The more we know about what causes our anger the better we are able to make choices about how we want to respond when we are angry.

Why My Brother's the Majesticest (Yes, That's a Word) Person in the World

Patricia Doma | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patricia Doma

Arms like Thor's hammer, brain of Einstein's descendant, heart of a thousand puppies. Financial analyst, serious Apple geek, proud PS4 owner, a fantastic motorcyclist and an incredible person. I'm talking of course about my brother. Kind of feels like I'm writing this on an online dating profile at this point, but just go with it.