UK Family

The Problem With Christmas

James Fyfe | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Fyfe

The unnecessary consequences of Christmas; the promotion of the importance of 'purchasing' above anything else. After all, at a time when wages are lower than ever in relation to our living expenses, is it not time to simply say that enough is enough?

Blanket Censorship Will Lull Parents Into a False Sense of Security

Diane Duke | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Tech
Diane Duke

Yes, as the UK government's paper so aptly calls it 'Basically...Porn is Everywhere'. Pornography is about sex and nudity which, whether you like it or not, is a fundamental part of our being. It is also regulated and legal in the UK (that's another issue). So when it comes to protecting our children's welfare we need to address the issue of pornography in an adult way.

'Embarrassing' Parents: Cringey or Cool?

Anna Pitts | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Pitts

Whilst it is understandable that anything that combines parents and 'getting jiggy' are quite possibly the most mortifying situations to be in, other activities that made the 'Top 10 Cringe Index' seem questionable.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Ways to Beat Christmas Stress

Robert Kelly | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Kelly

What can you do to ensure that your Christmas season really is a pleasurable time of year? How can you avoid creating excessive stress and anxiety and make sure that you enjoy the festive fun? The following three top tips are short insights... which shows people how to permanently change their limiting beliefs.

The Lies We Tell at Christmas (and the Hefty Price I Must Now Pay)

Judith Lewis | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Lewis

At the point at which he agreed I had to make good on the lie I had just told and actually find a Christmas dinner hamper. I looked around, asked friends and perhaps because it was early, found nothing.

Fears For Brit Hiker Missing In Canada

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK

A man has flown over to Canada to search for his son who he believes went missing while hiking in the country, police have said. Tom Billings, 22, ...

Five Tips to Survive the Holidays

Emma Brooke | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Brooke

I'm the first to admit that for those of you who have families to support, families with expectations of lovely presents wrapped in shiny paper for the cat / dog / tortoise to try to eat off overnight, the run up to Christmas is nothing but scary stress and you can't wait for it to be over.

Is Single the New Married?

Brett Harding | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brett Harding

When it comes to whether being single is a superior status to being married, attitudes across the world are changing but even in the UK many people believe being in a relationship could hold them back.

Boys and Reading - There Is Everything to Play for!

Alison David | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

While parents might long for their sons to read the classics, they have to start somewhere and books based on digital properties, magazines and comic style books are as good a place as any.

A Genealogy Must: Carrying on Your Family Traditions

Scott Phillips | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Even though our children and grandchildren are all over a thousand miles away, their special gifts went winging their way to them so they all could celebrate St. Nicholas Day in style...and I am happy to report that there was no need for us to buy any coal!

Puppy Proofing Your Home

Ryan Harrison | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Harrison

Several preparatory measures should be taken prior to bringing a puppy into your home. Puppies are curious creatures and love to explore. This may involve them getting into trouble here and there. The fact of the matter is that they truly do not know any better being so young.

Confidence Sapping Friends, Family and Colleagues

Maggie Currie | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

Although it is a well known fact, there are still some people who are totally unaware that the people with whom they have the most contact and hang around will have either a positive or negative effect on their levels of self-esteem and confidence.

Life with Tom on the Autistic Spectrum

Jo Worgan | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

I am a mum to two young sons, aged very nearly seven and five years old. My youngest son Tom has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Having him literally changed my life. However this is not a doom and gloom story, life changed that is all. It's not all bad.

G8 Dementia Summit: The World Is Watching

Beth Britton | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

If you haven't been personally touched by dementia you may be wondering why it deserves this platform. Why aren't other diseases afforded the same global attention you may ask? But that's just it, they have been.

Have a Happy Christmas

Abi S. Wright | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abi S. Wright

So, here's some of the things I have learned from the people who are wiser than me (spa therapists) and always revert to in order to make me (and hopefully you) have a happy Christmas...

Santa Baby: Best Xmas Fancy Dress

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Bostock | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Since the onesie became ubiquitous in festive living rooms up and down Britain, we've all become a little more imaginative in our Christmas wardrobe c...

Obituaries - Life After Death

Bob Chaundy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bob Chaundy

There have been several major deaths recently - singer Lou Reed, broadcaster John Cole and composer Sir John Tavener spring immediately to mind. As the former obituaries editor at BBC News and now a freelance obituary writer, I know from experience the pronounced feeling of self-satisfaction such deaths engender if you have prepared the obituaries in advance.

Roles and Responsibilities

Beth Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Phillips

My roles have shifted unexpectedly and quite dramatically, but it is my responsibility to make the best of the situation in which the boys and I now find ourselves. It's a responsibility I intend to take very seriously.

Inquest To Examine Actor's Death

Posted 14.11.2013 | UK

An inquest will be held today into the death of actor Paul Bhattacharjee, whose body was found near cliffs two days after he disappeared. The 53-ye...

We Are Family

Paul Guest | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Guest

Next week, my new short play, You're So London, opens alongside four others at the Creed Street Theatre in Wolverton just outside Milton Keynes. Produced by Carabosse Theatre, the play features in the Real Ale and Drama Shots pub theatre night.

To Eat Well Is to Live Well At London's Tinello

Louisa Daniels | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

The Italians have many proverbs relating to food and love, all highlighting the crucial importance of taking time, as a family, to eat together, and to eat well, with the kitchen considered the pulsating heart of any home.

Protecting Children's Reading in the Digital Age

Alison David | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alison David

We know that reading is challenged but there are families in which it still thrives. Our longitudinal study, Reading Street, aims to understand the changing world of children's reading for pleasure. It follows twelve UK families plus a wider number of parents, children and teachers and releases the findings in theme focused chapters.

Family Fortunes: A Decade of Change in Britain's Households

Fiona Wood | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Wood

For better or worse - if you pardon the pun - marriage is no longer seen as important by many people who want to set up home together. The law in England and Wales does not provide a remedy for what happens when and if cohabiting relationships come to an end which is any way comparable with what is in place for failed marriages or civil partnerships.

Bear and the Toilet Brush

Lana Citron | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

Bear said he was only trying to help. Bear said it was a temptation too much. Bear reached his hand further over the edge, scooped a handful of soil and drew it to his mouth.

The Past... But Here Comes My Superhero!

Catriona Weir | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Catriona Weir

It's funny how one situation can bring back memories of something painful... I've had this happen over the last few months, it's been hard to not ge...