UK Family

Do We Need to Label Parenting Styles?

Sheila Bayliss | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Bayliss

The downside of defining different parenting styles is the defensiveness that this can cause. Understandably, when we come across someone who does things differently to us, it can make us either want to defend our own way, or convince the other person to try it out. We all want to feel secure that we're doing the right thing because it's such an emotive issue...

Five Ways to Get Your Children Out Walking

Andrew White | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew White

Getting children into walking at a young age can influence their habits in later life - hopefully leading to a healthier, more active lifestyle. So how can you get your young ones interesting in walking? Here are my top 5 ways to get your children out walking...

The Marriage Myth: Does Getting Married Really Make Your Marriage Stronger?

Richard Adams | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Adams

The Marriage Foundation, founded by the High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge, has claimed that cohabitation, i.e living together without marrying, is the key driver of family breakdown. The report urged the Government to reverse the trend away from marriage, by "distinguishing, encouraging, promoting and incentivising marriage."

It's Been an Eventful Week Including Whales, a Full Moon and Requests for Lobster

Claire Birch | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Birch

Over the next couple of days I will start preparing to fly to Antigua to meet the boys. I can hardly believe that we are now anticipating their finish - on the one hand it seems like they set off on this adventure yesterday, but on the other hand it has also felt like a (very traumatic) eternity!

How Maternal Narcissism Grinds Self-Confidence into Dust

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

For someone adopted who has already been abandoned, the fear of abandonment is a real and present danger. With a narcissistic mother, the abandonment actually occurs, again and again and again, reinforcing the truth that you are unloveable unless you meet the standards set out for you. And even then...

Air From Another Life...

Caragh Little | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

I can never sleep on Sunday nights. I've tried it all - within reason. Dimmed lights. Extinguished screens. Abandoning 'real' coffee for decaff, from midway through the afternoon. Music. Relaxation exercises - learned strategies of breath.

January Meal Choices That Won't Break the Bank

Sam Wass | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Wass

So instead of turning to discounted ready meals and the freezer section of your local supermarket, I've provided some suggestions of homemade meal choices that are tasty, nutritious and most importantly, won't break the budget!

Would You Order A 3D Print Of Your Unborn Foetus?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you thought that carrying around an ultrasound picture of your future child demonstrated parental commitment, then you've been outclassed. An Am...

Weekend Dad Notes: Is it Really So Bad to Take Your Kids Out of School During Term Time?

Shihab S Joi | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shihab S Joi

I never got to do much bonding with my old man but I certainly remember the day he lifted me onto his shoulders to show me the peaks of the Himalayas a darn sight better than the day I might've missed double algebra.

No Wonder We Love Genealogy: It Is Scientifically Proven to Be Good for Us

Scott Phillips | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

The more I read the more I see real connections between genealogy/working on our family history/ancestry and the psychological benefits of the nostalgia it might trigger!

Sweet 16 at 92

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

If literary tradition is anything to go by, 21 year old young women are generally expected to have blossomed into physical beauty, adopted open-minds and have an attractive aura of conviction. However, I still get mistaken for a runaway cast member from Outnumbered...

Thirteen Things I Learnt In 2013

Anais Mutumba | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anais Mutumba

I did this for the first time last year on my website, 12 things I learnt in 2012, and I think I might do this annually. There's always something to be thankful for and lessons to be learnt.

Are We Raising a Generation of Neurotics or Does Fewer Siblings Mean an End to Family Squabbles?

Christina Franks | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Franks

So only children are the future. Bigger families are increasingly disparaged in the West, remaining the preserve of the opposing ends of the class spectrum, and fewer and fewer of us will be able to afford the financial and time investment required to rear a brood as market conditions adapt to smaller families.

Care Verses Cure - Let's Not Fight About It

Beth Britton | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Dementia, in common with many terminal diseases, polarises opinion when it comes to the priorities different individuals and groups have. For me, finding merit in every argument isn't difficult. Take for example families who have a loved one currently living with dementia; their priority is generally for improved care and support now. Who wouldn't agree with that?

Facing a Christmas Divorce? Collaborate, Don't Aggravate

Philippa Cunniff | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Philippa Cunniff

There's no way to broach the subject of divorce at this time of year without feeling it somehow goes against the spirit of the season, but for a large number of families it's something which has to be faced very quickly after the last mulled wine has been drunk.

How to Survive the Family Christmas

Kate Bellamy | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Bellamy

We're all mad to get home for Christmas because it is the done thing. We spend the rest of the year with these people, they've known us our whole lives, so why - on the one day everyone is meant to be happy - are we forced to swap cracker jokes with them over a dinner fraught with 'I wouldn't have done it like that' tension?

Why Does Reading Makes Christmas So Special for UK Children?

Alison David | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

Imagine a family - mum, dad and children, all in their pyjamas - snuggled up together on the sofa, drinking hot chocolate and listening to dad read a favourite Christmas story. No, it's not a flashback to the 1950s; it's what parents have told us they will be doing this year.

BAAAAARRRRHUMBUG?

Gina Lyons | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

You feeling Christmassy? You excited for the time off, the overeating, the family fun and the presents? You love this time of year? All the film watching, Roses munching, Baileys drinking fun you can have eh? Well not me.

Christmas and Me

Jamie Stangroom | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Jamie Stangroom

Christmas seems to get longer every year. I noticed that shopping-channel BidTV started flogging Christmas decorations in September... As the build-up gets bigger and bigger, by the time it eventually comes around, the intensity is so excessive that it could never be as good as you'd hoped.

Parents and Presents for Their Kids

Mike Collins | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Collins

It's the age old question that parents have to face up to every year: will my kid(s) have enough presents to open on Christmas Day. How much is enough we ponder? And will they like them? We try to get that balance right between fun toys and educational toys. As the cash registers tick over we will be tempted to throw caution to the wind heading home with bags full of goodies.

Families Can Fall Prey to Loneliness Too

David Holmes | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Holmes

The conventional image of loneliness or isolation, particularly at Christmas, is of an older person living on their own. But families can feel intensely isolated too. Everyone needs support from time to time, and when that support is absent and people feel they have no-one to turn to, it can have a significant impact on an individual's health and well-being and can damage families.

Around the World in 14 Days

Max De Lucia | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Max De Lucia

The idea is simple. We're on a mission to bring people all over the world together through the power of music and the human voice. We've asked you to help us make it happen and you haven't disappointed.

Is There a Deeper Connection Beyond Christmas Loneliness?

Tony Lobl | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

But do we have to let aloneness define who we are? Or can alone time, however it arises, offer the opportunity to dig deeper and find hidden resources? That's what happened to me. I found that a sense of alienation didn't necessarily need company in order to be subdued.

'Who's Your Daddy?'- Has Reality TV Reached an All-Time Low?

Cynthia Lawrence | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Cynthia Lawrence

Paternity Court is the latest courtroom TV show aired in the States and has already proved to be a huge success. Set in a non-traditional courtroom, (with a studio audience), families can settle paternity disputes by DNA testing once and for all. Presiding as judge is the perfectly coiffured Lauren Lake, a family lawyer and legal analyst.

Genealogy as Therapy (Geneatherapy)

Scott Phillips | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

My geneatherapy has helped me, my family, my extended family, old friends, new friends and colleagues, and provided me with endless (and I do mean endless) hours, to which my wife will attest, of learning and losing myself in subjects I never dreamed I would find an interest in earlier in my life.