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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.

Volunteer Stories: Volunteering With My Granddaughter in Kenya

Frontier | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

I choose to volunteer as I love to see different ways of life which you can't do at a holiday resort. I wanted to take my granddaughter to give her life experience and for her to see how hard life can be in poorer countries. I think she understands more now how lucky she is not to want for anything, even food.

How Personalised News Can Actually Help Us Live Longer

Grant Feller | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Tech
Grant Feller

The less privacy I attach to my health, the greater my chances of living longer. And the more health-positive messages I receive, perhaps the greater chance of me becoming a healthier person and thus less of a liability to insurers.

Spring Cleaning Help Is at Hand! How to Hire - and Keep - the Best Housekeeper in Town

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

We all know that having a housekeeper can be sanity and relationship saving. No more conversations about whose turn it is to get to the bottom of the laundry basket, or empty the dishwasher.

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know...

Melanie Jones | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Jones

You are NOT fat. You are just a shade short of 5'8 and a size 8. That is not fat. Not in my book, not in anyone's book. Our society has become obsessed with body image.

Not 'Just' an Only Child

Sheila Bayliss | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Bayliss

We have one child. We're not going to have any more. It was a rough ride trying to become a family and we've suffered many losses, most of them before we had our incredible little boy. We're extremely content as a family and if anything our sad experiences have made us all the more grateful that we get to be parents at all.

What Makes a Homophobe? Ireland's Debate Goes Global

Peter McGuire | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Peter McGuire

Those who devote their energies to stopping same-sex marriage may very well be motivated by a genuine, albeit misplaced, fear over child welfare. If child welfare really is such a concern, perhaps they should review the evidence and direct just a fraction of their energy towards creating a more equal society...

Gain From Greening Your Lifestyle in 2014

Rob Crumbie | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Rob Crumbie

For those looking to gain more from going green in 2014 and help reduce the 171 million tonnes of waste produced in Britain every year, below are some quick and easy changes you can make:

Why Are More Women Than Men Single After 60?

Catherine Thomas | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Thomas

Feminists would take the stance that this is somehow to do with the male appetite for a younger model. Women are left alone fending for themselves after a marriage breakdown and fated to an existence of meals for one and loneliness whilst their ex partner enjoys the fruits of youth. The truth, however, is often less interesting than spin.

Spare a Thought For the Families of Addicts

Galia Orme | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Galia Orme

We cannot ignore or minimise the affect addiction has on others. The reality is that there is no happy ending for anyone involved in the life of an addict. My children have lost their father and I have lost my best friend.

The Spiralling Cost of Higher Education Is Population Control By the Back Door

Christina Franks | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Franks

By 2033, the cost of sending a child to university will have risen to just shy of £150,000, which on the average will take 5 years to earn, eating notwithstanding. So unless my bitcoin investment starts performing, my (already existing) kids had better get used to the idea of being blue collar.

Reflections on a Gift of Aging- Grandparenthood

Jaki Scarcello | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jaki Scarcello

This week the most glorious event occurred in my life. I became a grandmother. I have a new title, a new role, a new position in my family and in society. But what lies behind the letters in the title and the position on the family tree is an explosion of love.

How Long Should I Breastfeed For? Ask a Man!

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

The mother vs the expert has become a common binary in lifestyle media aimed at women. The mother is almost invariably presented as about two seconds away from being sectioned, and the expert is mostly always a white man with (we assume) a medical degree.

The Benefits of Bedtime Prayers (Even for Non-Believers)

Sandi Mann | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

Historically bedtime prayers were part of every child's night time routine. Hot bath, and brushed teeth would be followed by a cosy story and a traditional bedtime prayer. The classic (and Christian) bedtime prayer for children was actually rather sobering.

Love Overrules Rational Thought - Challenges for New Parents

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

It would be really odd, alarming in fact, if having a child didn't change your life. However I think what people mean when they say this is "You won't understand how children will change your life until it happens to you". And that is exactly right, it happens to you.