UK Family

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.

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...