Grandparents

Never Forget: Children in Care Also Have Grandparents

Martin Barrow | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

One of my fondest childhood memories is of clambering over rocks along the undercliff with my grandfather one gloriously sunny day during school holidays. My family emigrated when I was still a child, so I spent too little time with him and did not know him well. He had passed away by the time I returned to the UK as a young man.

Grandmas Try (And Fail) To Define Slang Terms

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If we needed further proof that kids these days talk codswallop, then this is it. A gaggle of grandmas were asked by Elite Daily LABS to define an ...

Heroic Six-Year-Old Saves Grandpa's Life After Jet Ski Accident

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A six-year-old boy from Alabama has been hailed as a "true hero" after he saved his grandfather's life. The pair were on a jet ski when a sharp tur...

Grandmas Play 'F*ck, Marry Or Kill' And It's Got Us In Stitches

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There's something a little unnerving, yet equally hilarious, about hearing your grandma swear. (Or someone else's grandma, for that matter.) When E...

Weddings With a Baby: A Guide

Annie Ridout | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Parents
Annie Ridout

Firstly, don't do it. Leave the baby with grandparents, a childminder, your neighbour, the local shopkeeper; anyone who's free. But if none of these options are a goer - if, for instance, your sister is getting married and has vaguely assigned the role of flower girl to your not-quite-walking daughter - you'll have to bring them with you.

Teen Invites Grandfather To Prom (And Her Reason For Doing So Is The Cutest)

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

It was her first high school prom at Albertville High School in Alabama. But rather than inviting any old boy from her class, Joy Webb had other pl...

The Other Side of Grandparent Estrangement

Becca Bland | Posted 06.06.2015 | UK Parents
Becca Bland

About six months ago, I visited my elderly grandmother in her care home. I'd not seen her in years, too many to excuse really. This was partly as a result of my estrangement with key figures in my family.

Creating a Dementia-Friendly Generation

Beth Britton | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Children often notice more than adults give them credit for. If a relative is living with dementia, there may be a need to explain to a child about particular symptoms or why that person can no longer do something that they used to do.

Heartwarming Moment Girl Surprises Grandma By Wearing Her Vintage Dress To Prom

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When her grand daughter stepped out to show off her prom dress, this proud grandma never could've imagined she'd be staring back at an old friend... ...

How Grandparents Are the Unlikely Lifeline for Working Parents - But at What Cost to Them in Their Golden Years?

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tetteh

Grandparents are supposed to have the pleasure of playing with their grandkids, then handing them back. But these days, with the rising cost of childcare, it's like they are being parents all over again.

The Best Mum in the World - Really?

Judy Reith | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Judy Reith

You would think I had asked them to tell the person next to them how often they have sex. Speaking up about your parenting ability is just not something parents find easy. Had I asked them to talk about what they get wrong as a parent, they would never shut up.

Not All Grandparents Should Have the Legal Right to a Relationship With Their Grandchildren

Becca Bland | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Becca Bland

The legal right to have contact with grandchildren bypasses the hard work needed to fix relationships in family breakdown. It is a cheap way to avoid facing the idea that the grandparent might have had a part to play in the breakdown of the situation, and could be partly responsible for amicable contact becoming withheld in the first place.

It Takes a Village: The Beauty of Grandparents

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

I like my own company and time by myself. But that's not always possible with children knocking around (dear, sweet children that they are). Oh, but it IS possible, thanks to the wonderful human beings that are... grandmothers.

Don't Let Dementia Lead to Isolation This Christmas

Liam Beattie | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liam Beattie

This Christmas thousands of people across the country will be alone; they won't be alone in the conventional sense of not having a place stay, or people to look out for them: they will face exclusion because of an illness that can change the very person they used to be.

Time to Care for Our Caring Grandparents

Stephen Burke | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK
Stephen Burke

Grandparents and family carers are unsung heroes. They do the right thing and step in to care for children, keeping them out of care, usually in very difficult circumstances and at great personal cost.

Are Grandparents Great Big Sugar Pushers?

Kim Chambers | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Chambers

The problems occur when children come home, bloodstreams pumping with sugar overload. When those sugar levels rapidly drop the tantrums and meltdowns begin, and mum and dad suffer through the fallout. This is what irks parents most: the fallout.

You're Not Alone If You Use Your Parents As Childcare

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you're struggling to find childcare for your little 'un then why not make like the rest of the UK and call in the troops grandparents? According...

Seeing My Grandpa Was the Hardest Part About Coming Home

Ashleigh Davis | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ashleigh Davis

I notice a difference in him immediately. His blue eyes are less focused, and he looks confused when he first sees me. As if he's thinking "I know that girl, but I just can't place her". His soft, wrinkled hands are shaky when he grasps mine in his, as I help him up from his chair. His smile is wide, but uncertain.

Time to Learn From Our Nation's Life Histories

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

Many of us will have fond memories of listening to our grandparents' tales of days gone by as we were growing up. Learning about my Grandma's experiences as a young bride in the war taught me lessons that will stay with me for life and probably created my love of history.

On Life, Death... And Grandmothers

Roberta Verdant | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

It's Autumn, well and truly. Equinox fell the weekend before last. Autumn is always new year in my heart. Not for me the arbitrariness of a new year in January when the Northern Hemisphere is in darkness. Rather, Autumn, when the air is full of life and death, possibilities and change. That's my new year.

The Journey Home

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

My parents do not come up to London anymore, though it is less than 90 minutes from where they live. They used to have a vibrant life here. My mother would always be there on the first day of the Chelsea Flower Show with her big hat on, and went to museums, galleries and operas.

Britain's Oldest Prostitute: 'I Know I Am Still Very Sexy'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Traditional pastimes for grandmothers include gardening, baking, having coffee mornings with friends and supplying their grandchildren with endless cu...

Celebrating Families - International Families Day, May 15 2014

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

What has changed most for you in the last 20 years? Chances are, it's to do with family: maybe you have started one, or you are caring for one. Maybe you have gained new family members or you have suffered a loss? It's possible you are in a blended family situation, a single parent one, or your family has a dual income.

WARNING: This Video Might Make You Blub

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Comedy

Warning: this video might make you blub. In a good way. Yes, we're not just about the LOLs here at Huff Post UK Comedy - we're also about the feelg...

Blame Granny

Sian Breslin | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

If your child is fat, blame granny (and I'm guessing also granddad!) For years you've dumped them on your aging parents, collected them when it suited you and now you can blame them for making your kids fat.