UK Family

One Million Children Grow Up Without Fathers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

According to a new report into family breakdown, at least one million children are growing up without a father. A study by The Centre for Social J...

The Traditional Family Is Irrelevant Because It Doesn't Exist

Alice Rigby | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Rigby

What hasn't been discussed though, probably partly because it seems so obvious, is the social structure that is a family. Advocates of 'traditional' marriage have rolled out their favourite phrase, the 'traditional' family, without acknowledging one simple fact; there isn't such a thing.

We Are Not Afraid: The Tech Questions Parents Really Ask

Holly Seddon | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Tech
Holly Seddon

There is a perceived culture of fear when it comes to parents letting their precious offspring bounce around the Wild West of the internet and our Tomorrow's World of technology. But we've found that the reality is very different.

Buying a Father's Day Card for Your Stepfather

John L. Adams | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
John L. Adams

I often wonder who writes such gushing father's day tributes. They might be suitable for your natural father (although I frequently question this), but in my opinion you want something slightly more conservative for a stepfather.

Are You 'Baby Ready'? How to Have a Soulful and Transformative Pregnancy

Alice Grist | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Being 'baby ready' is so much more than purchases and the inevitable pushing. You can make heartfelt attempts to sort your self out. You can do a whole lot of growing up. You can deal with your inner issues, your angers, your resentments, your bitterness, your issues with your parents, your addictions etc

Bank Holiday Brits 'Prefer Games To Sex'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK

Brits favour a different kind of button pushing over the bank holiday weekend, according to new research which suggests people prefer gaming to sex. ...

If Bake-Off Hollywood's Over What About Boris?

Grant Feller | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Grant Feller

Why does a philandering chef ruin his career but his political partner in crime become a national icon? Is it because we assume that Boris and his ilk already have twisted morals since politics is a pretty ruthless business?

The Australian Federal Budget Means Nothing to Me

Xavier Toby | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

What does the budget mean to me? Me personally? It means nothing. Absolutely nothing. After looking through every different list in the media of 'wha...

Demystifying Gluten-Free Cooking

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

Cooking gluten-free food for the whole family isn't rocket science, it just requires a bit of thought and learning some basic skills, like how to substitute ingredients.

Am I Still From Over There?

Sara Yasin | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Politics
Sara Yasin

Today is important. Not only because there are flagrant human rights abuses, but also because those of us that wander have lost and will continue to lose. Those of us that are first generation might have experienced visits or the scattered memories of our parents, but that loss, that inability to return, is one that will continue to be passed through generations.

Bigger Picture, Perennial Wisdom?

Adrian Millar | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

How did I ever get into this, I think? How did I ever let my life slide so far? I could have been a political science lecturer, a Japanese language interpreter, a writer who inspired millions, but here I am sorting out arguments between two teenagers. Where did it all go wrong?

Save Me From Mumsnet!

Grant Feller | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Grant Feller

The low point probably came several months ago when I raced upstairs, put on my best suit and pretended to go off to work. It was 5pm and the children were due back from school. The truth that I wasn't able to tell them was that I had lost my job 72 hours earlier and was acting out this increasingly ridiculous charade partly out of shame, embarrassment and, well, I just didn't know what to say.

Don't Revisit your Childhood, on your Children

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

As the world evolves, so humanity remains essentially emotionally the same. All of it crystallized in sharp relief within the hellish prison of childhood. I always said I'd never forget...and yet now I have children, I find myself getting annoyed because their drama doesn't meet my criteria for what merits hysterical crying and slammed doors.

I Want One Of Those - A Stay-At-Home Dad

Adrian Millar | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

My wife has left me. Ok, you could say I drove her to it. My children would. So too would her friends. And there's a lot of truth in that. It started about six weeks ago.

I Am Dad: Thoughts on Impending Fatherhood

Richard Taylor | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Taylor

In five months time I am going to be a Dad and I've never felt manlier. It's an interesting coming of age moment where everyone shifts position; father becomes grandfather, son becomes father and bump becomes cute yet terrifying little human.

Co-Parenting - It's really not about you.

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

I'm not going to create a tip sheet for you on what to do to be successful in your co-parenting arrangement because no matter what I or anyone else says, the one thing that you need to constantly keep in mind is your child. That's it.

"My Heart Is Broken For This Little Girl" (PICTURE)

Elliot Wagland | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK

This photo, posted on picture-sharing website imgur, is one of the most heart-breaking pictures you'll see today. Read the caption and you'll under...

Term Life or Mortgage Life Insurance: Which Do You Choose?

Daley James Francis | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daley James Francis

Everybody knows how important it is to have life insurance, particularly if you have beneficiaries such as a partner or children. The peace of mind that comes from being covered with a great policy cannot be underestimated.

Innocents Abroad: The Rise of Cross-Border Child Abduction by Parents

Vicki McLynn | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

The number of international family disputes requiring the involvement of UK courts has almost quadrupled in the space of only four years, according to a report published by one of this country's most senior judges.

Can High Blood Pressure Stop You Having a Baby?

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

As with a lot of fertility issues, there are a lot of myths and a lot of rumours about high blood pressure in pregnancy. As a scientist, a doctor, and a mother, I firmly believe that all women have a right to know the facts about their fertility, health and wellbeing.

Can I Have It All? If So, Do I Have Enough Cupboard Space?

Mr Pickwick | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mr Pickwick

A fundamental question discussed in all forms of media is "Can I have it all?". At the micro level, the answer can be best illustrated in the Pickwick household through the topic of cake. The Pickwick family are fans of cake, setting upon it like a pack of hyenas around a decaying carcass, wherever it can be found. Mrs Pickwick however is a woman for whom cake and guilt are regular bed fellows, convinced that cake will be her downfall but at the same time enjoying the descent.

Genealogy and Change: Like Tea and Scones, We Must Embrace Them Both

Scott Phillips | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

So I suggest that we never try and stay the same. We shouldn't try and go back to some older time. We must embrace change because change IS inevitable. At least to me, it is far better to acclimate to changes in the world than to be left in the dust of antiquated processes and thinking.

Remote Control

Caragh Little | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Caragh Little

Imagine a world without TV. Instead of tuning in for the latest family drama on Emmerdale, we'd talk to our own families. Instead of watching yet another endless football match, we'd go to the gym or take the dog out for a walk. Instead of watching the Masterchef contenders taking insults from the judges, we'd cook a meal and talk to our friends or family while eating it together.

Thirteen Lucky Years of Boy Wonderment

Lana Citron | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

We have been on a journey for 13 summers. Just the two of us travelling to infinity and beyond, adventure after adventure, hiding out in makeshift dens, hopping on island cushions, gladiators on sheepskin carpets, scaling furniture, bouncing on beds, sofa snuggling, conquering long rainy days.

Mediation Is in the Spotlight as Government Finds Funds

Amanda McAlister | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
Amanda McAlister

The cash-strapped Coalition announced on the 10th April they would be pumping £6.5million into projects aimed at helping separated parents "put their differences aside for the sake of their children". The announcement has put mediation in the spotlight as divorcees seek to minimise the impact of their split on their children.