UK Family

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.

How Not to Bring Up Independent Thinkers

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

I want them to grow up to be able to make up their own minds about things and not be easily led. I want them to think things through and make sensible, rational decisions that are fair and just. But I want them to make the same sensible, rational decisions that I make. Otherwise their decisions would be wrong and that would annoy me...

Nigel Farage Couldn't Be More Wrong - Supporting Working Mums Is Good for Business

Sharon Hodgson | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sharon Hodgson

Nobody should ever judge mothers on the choices they make when it comes to balancing work and family life; it should always be a personal choice. But this choice needs to be a meaningful one, not simply picking the least worst option. Unfortunately, this still isn't the case for far too many women. We can and we must do better.

Second Child Guilt

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Mesmerised by the second child and totally drawn in. And I didn't love Anna any less. Phew! There isn't a finite amount of emotion in me. Or at least I hadn't reached the limit yet. I'm pretty apathetic about most things so it's quite possible I have some saved up over the years.

A Large-Scale Research Project Into Early Signs of Autism and ADHD Is Long Overdue

Dr Emily Jones | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Emily Jones

On Thursday 23 January, my team at the Babylab at Birkbeck, University of London, together with similar teams from across Europe, is launching a new study of infants with older siblings with autism or ADHD. For infants with an older sibling with autism or ADHD, the chances of also having one of the conditions may climb to 20%.

This Adventure, Which Has Touched So Many People, Is Drawing to a Close

Claire Birch | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Birch

This adventure has touched so many thousands of people. As the end approaches and the boys get closer to us, I feel that I am also getting a little bit closer to them on some aspects of their experience, albeit wrapped in a soft duvet with a glass of cool orange juice at my side!

Why Has It Taken This Long for Dads to Be Noticed?

Molly McGreevy | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Molly McGreevy

According a web survey by insurance company Aviva, 18% of couples split childcare responsibilities evenly, with 6% of men now the primary carer of their child. Pushing the figure from 6,000 in 2000 to 600,000 in 2010. And in a less scientific survey done by myself sat in the window of my front room at 3:30pm, more and more Dads are at the school gates.

Embracing "Generation I" - Six Tech Gadgets That Will be Beneficial for Your Kids in 2014

Saadia R. Chevel | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Tech
Saadia R. Chevel

It can be a daunting experience to witness the I-generation swipe through apps as if they were born with the skill. However, it appears that parents are finally embracing the reality of Britons techno-kids.

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!