A Journey Through The Looking Glass

Pam Jarvis | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK
Pam Jarvis

It's conference season again in the university calendar, so this week I am off to take part in a symposium about the 'datafication' of English educati...

Tear-Jerking Moment Man Sings 'Unforgettable' To Grandma On Her 98th Birthday

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

When Ash Ruiz’s grandmother turned 98, Ruiz knew exactly what he was going to sing for her. Instead of the usual rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’, ...

Socialising The Network

Pam Jarvis | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Tech
Pam Jarvis

A decade and a half later, to effectively communicate on Twitter, I have had to consider how to communicate my thoughts effectively in 140 characters or less whilst maintaining coherence; this in turn led me to engage more deeply with the language of the emoticon and the visual attachment.

Bereaved Grandparents Want To Help More Parents Get The Chance To Change Their Baby's Nappy

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Parents

For most parents changing their baby’s nappy is not one of their most cherished memories, but for those with premature babies, being unable to perfo...

Grandson Opens Letter Grandma Wrote Him In 1991 And It's So Precious

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A grandson has shared the adorable letter his grandma wrote for him 26 years ago to mark the solar eclipse in 1991. The grandma, known only as Betty, ...

Smarties Only Have Part Of The Answer

Pam Jarvis | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Parents
Pam Jarvis

While inequitable marking of such high stakes assessments is of course an issue that must be urgently dealt with, it seems to me that the core problem lies at a more fundamental level of the process, a misunderstanding of the relationship between data and assessment.

Grandpa's Reaction To Seeing First Photo Of Newborn Was A Little Unexpected

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Parents

A girl shared a screenshot of her grandpa’s reaction when seeing a photo of his grandchild for the very first time - and it wasn’t what you’d ex...

Our Grandson, The Foster Carer

Martin Barrow | Posted 29.05.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

It takes a village to raise a child, as the refrain goes. Fostering is a commitment that affects a broad community. Our grandson will feel the departure of our foster children keenly, but he will not be the only one. Over the past 18 months or so, they have been loved by so many people, both old and young.

Putting Our Families Before Elderly Drivers

Sophia Walker | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK
Sophia Walker

This important issue has been brought to the public eye by fellow blogger @lifeasawidower. At just 33 years old he lost his wife, and his son lost his mother, when an 85-year-old pension mowed her down by accident. According to blogger Ben, the OAP had mistaken the accelerator for the brake.

Boy's Shark Blanket Made By His Grandma Has An NSFW Twist

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Parents

Kids are never best pleased when they’re forced to wear a knitted cardigan or jumper that their gran has made especially for them. But it’s a whol...

Grandad Secretly Raises Kittens From His Garden Shed Against Wife's Wishes

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

An 85-year-old man is melting hearts everywhere after his deepest, darkest (and most adorable) secret was exposed. Unbeknown to his wife, animal-lover...

People Are Crying Over This Grandpa's Adorable Birthday Present For His Granddaughter

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Prepare to feel your heart melt because we may have just found the world’s sweetest grandpa. When a teenager named Lauren turned 16 recently her gr...

Tinder Profiles Written By Grandmas Is The Reddit Thread You Never Knew You Needed

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

In the eyes of a grandmother, her grandchildren can do no wrong - so what would happen if nana was given free reign over her grandkid’s Tinder profi...

Man Surprised His Parents With Pregnancy Announcement One Day Before His Wife Gave Birth

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Parents

A man decided to keep his wife’s pregnancy a secret from his parents, until they visited, a day before the baby was born. Tannin Pease and his wife ...

Grandparents - The Hidden Heartache

Vanessa Lloyd Platt | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Vanessa Lloyd Platt

Over the last few years Lloyd Platt & Co have seen an ever-increasing number of grandparents finding themselves for a variety of reasons being prevent...

Grandma Inadvertently Sends Grandson Birthday Card With Rude Message

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A grandma has left the internet giggling after inadvertently sending her grandson a rude birthday card. Former rugby player Henry Fraser tweeted a pho...

Grandma Knits Rainbow Jumper For Granddaughter After She Comes Out As Bisexual

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A grandma has warmed hearts around the world by knitting a rainbow jumper for her bisexual granddaughter. A photo of the unnamed grandma was originall...

All The Small Things

Pam Jarvis | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Parents
Pam Jarvis

Now, as those of us in the Northern Hemisphere face the longest night of the year, it is time to do as communities in our cold little island have done for millennia, and celebrate all the small things that make us happy as we begin our journey back from the darkness into the light.

How To Deal With Christmas When The Magic Has Gone

Juliette Lambert-Heduy | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Juliette Lambert-Heduy

Even if it is painful, even if my heart will be tight and heavy, I will wear my sparkling festive clothes, I will smile, and most importantly, I will do all I can to pass on the Christmas magic to my own little bundle of joy, currently growing inside me. And who knows, maybe this little angel will bring me back the magic...

My Mum's Sudden Brush With Blindness

Dominic Haslam | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dominic Haslam

When I was first able to talk to my mother after her surgery, she said, fighting back the tears: "I just couldn't stop thinking about not seeing my children and grandchildren again." For so many people, that painful thought becomes a reality. A reality that in many cases can be easily avoided.

Overprotective Grandparents Tell Off (Adult) Granddaughter In Hilarious FaceTime Call

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

No matter how old we get our parents and grandparents always worry about us. A woman named Gina found this out the hard way when she called her 90-yea...

This 5ft Grandma Putting A Baby To Bed Experiences Short Parents' Daily Struggle

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents

The hilarious moment a 5ft grandma experienced a daily struggle faced by many short parents was caught on camera. The woman’s daughter, Nikki Sharp ...

Becoming Granny Jones

Pam Jarvis | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Parents
Pam Jarvis

Last week, I became a grandmother for the third time. Yet again I had the amazing experience of thinking 'ah, there you are' whilst holding a new baby for the very first time; a brand new person who is nevertheless somehow familiar, as if a close relative had just arrived home after a long trip abroad.

Children Are Spending Just Eight Hours A Week Playing Outside BUT Aren't As Tech Obsessed As You May Think

Lewis Oakley | Posted 17.09.2017 | UK Tech
Lewis Oakley

The truth is all of the technology nowadays has been designed with children's education in mind and the gap between fun and learning has been bridged in a very discreet way so that kids don't actually realise how much they are learning.

Woman Discovers Emotional Voicemail Left By Her Mother Before She Died

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has shared the last message she received from her mum, shortly before she died. The mother, who had battled breast cancer for two years before...