UK Family

Why Having Kids Is a Terrible Idea

Planet Ivy | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Planet Ivy

As we all inevitably leave our twenties and begrudgingly begin the slow pitiful march towards responsibility and self-loathing, it's important to ask the question - what next? For some it's fulfilling careers and the exciting discovery of our greatly unrecognised adult self, and for some it's children.

Does Ed Miliband's Defeat of His Brother Signal the Type of PM He Will Make?

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK Politics
Claudia Tomlinson

Younger siblings always want what the elder has; this is a common dynamic, universally observed to be part of family life. It starts with a glance at big brother's more exciting toys and games and finding them more attractive.

Easter Break from 'Rubies in the Rubble'

Jenny Dawson | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Dawson

Easter is celebrated like Christmas in our family. A rigid, clockwork routine year in, year out starting with the family breakfast, invasion of cousins, the Easter egg hunt (by mum - a notorious expert hider) and church.

I Want More Time With My Kids: Court or Not to Court - That Is the Question?

Suzy Miller | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Miller

They need to understand that the legal processes can turn initially reasonable demands into a whole new set of game playing on an expensive scale, and as for who wins and who loses, I recommend a coin is taken into the court room and tossed, as that is about as accurate a way of guessing outcomes as any.

What Was the Most Memorable Experience?

Linda Barker | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Barker

"What was the most memorable experience from your childhood?" is a question that is often asked of us and I think that no matter what the answer is it is usually something which we did for the first time which pushed us into the unknown in some way and gave us our first adrenaline rush.

'The Great Apple Pie Scam'

Charlie Webster | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Charlie Webster

Worldwide there are 35 million people with dementia - these numbers are set to double in the next 20 years. A shocking statistic, but it is a reality.

Show Time

Lana Citron | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lana Citron

Over the past nine months of appointments, I hadn't seen the same midwife once. Pushed into the position of pregnancy slut - hopes for an actual relationship scuppered early on. It was never anything more than a one 'meet' stand.

Why Are Some Independent Schools Bucking the Recession?

Julie Booth | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

It would be easy to assume that as the recession continues to bite and households tighten their belts, the independent school sector might be suffering. However, there are many independent schools that are not only keeping their heads above water, they are positively thriving.

The People's Pope

Adrian Millar | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK
Adrian Millar

"Daddy, why are we waiting a whole hour to see a new pope?" my 13 year-old daughter asks as I rush back and forth from the kitchen, where I am cooking dinner, to the sitting-room, anxious not to miss the first glimpse of the newly elected pope on SKY television.

Proud to Be a Pushy Parent

Sandi Mann | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

I overheard one mum being told the great news by her daughter's class teacher that little Chloe had done really well on her maths test with 19 out of 20. The mum immediately shot back with, "What did she get wrong? And what about her English?" Pushy Mums. Don't you just love 'em? I bet the teachers do....

Twenty Things I've Learned at 20

Chenice Clarke | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Chenice Clarke

As I'm approaching my 20th birthday on 20 March, I've taken the time to reflect on what I've learned so far in my life. I've travelled, I've volunteered, I've taken a gap year and I'm now finishing my first year at University studying English and American Literature and Sociology.

Dear Mum, You Drive Me Mental But...

Jodie Butt | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jodie Butt

When I was told I had breast cancer I walked out of the hospital feeling shocked, scared and broken. The first person I called was you. I can't remember a time in my life when this wasn't my natural reaction...

Co-Sleeping: A Survivor's Tale

Jon Wilks | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Wilks

My son first slept in his own room when he was five. In the intervening years, my wife and I did a lot of talking, plenty of arguing and a fair amount of researching. To my wife, born to a fairly normal Japanese family, the idea of him sleeping away from her side was nothing short of unthinkable.

Ten Tips for a Happier Family Holiday

Mark Hodson | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

For most of us, getting family holidays right is all about making compromises. You won't please everyone all the time, but you can ensure that all ages have at least something going for them. Here are ten things that should definitely go into the equation.

Photography: Finding the Truth

Laura Babb | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Laura Babb

They say the camera never lies and whilst I agree with that, I think the role of a photographer is to look beyond the obvious, in order to find a deeper truth about their subject.

Crazy Monkeys Are Attacking YOUR Business... Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know This

Marsha Wright | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK
Marsha Wright

The Crazy Monkeys are the people and situations that pop up out of nowhere and disrupt your entire life. You know those familiar frustrating distractions that can hamper the most positive minds.

Parents Don't Change The World - They Help Create It

Adrian Millar | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

"Clap, girls, clap!" I say to her sisters, knowing that a repeat performance is more likely tomorrow if they feign interest. They give her a rousing send-off and disappear back to Drake and Josh on the television.

10 Ways To Take The Stress Out Of Family Holidays

Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Unsure where to plan your next family trip? If the thought of organising the big summer holiday makes you want to retreat under the duvet, don’t wor...

The Two Principles of Family Love: Change and Constancy

Adrian Millar | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

My wife and I went to see Titanic fourteen years ago. I lapped up every moment of it. Rose and Jack running along the decks of the ship hand in hand? ...

Food and Marriage in the Suburbs

Francesca Segal | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Francesca Segal

A rather grand colleague drifted over to me as I was flagging down a passing tray of miniature devilled eggs. "Your people", he observed, eyeing me over his cognac, "do like to eat." Well yes, we do. And where's the shame? Jews and food - everyone knows it, and so it was impossible to take offense.

6 Of The Best Easy Camping Trips For Families

Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Camping is one of life’s great dividers: you either love it or you HATE it. If you fall within the former group, you’ll know that camping can be l...

'Systemic Failures' Leave Children Destitute

Nick Micinski | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Micinski

Within the two-tiered system, asylum seekers waiting for their cases to be heard receive Section 95 support at just over £6 per day while individuals whose cases have been refused but who cannot be returned are on Section 4 support.

Literacy Odds Are Stacked Against Poor Children

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Douglas

The analysis of tests undertaken in 2009 has found that on average across OECD countries, disadvantaged students are twice as likely to be among the poorest performers in reading compared to better-off pupils.

Valentine's - Christmas for Card Shops (and couples)

Dale Bilson | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dale Bilson

I once bought my dear dad a Father's Day card. He laughed, called me a silly sod, and asked how much money I'd wasted on it. My answer, £4.50, was ap...

8 Apps That Make Life A Little Less Complicated

Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Want to streamline your life? There's an app for that. Actually, there are loads. While it's tempting to think that technology has a tendency to clutt...