Growing Up

People Reveal The Strict Rules Their Parents Enforced When They Were Kids

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Many of us grow up thinking we had strict parents - but were they actually that bad? A Reddit thread about the most strict rules parents enforced on t...

Life Abroad Helps Expat Families Grow Together

Dean Blackburn | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Parents
Dean Blackburn

Parents share their children's worries about fitting in, nearly a quarter find it difficult to form new friendships of their own. Parents also have to contend with the financial pressures of raising a family abroad. Indeed, our survey has found that 62% of expat parents find the overall cost of raising children abroad more expensive than at home.

#Adulting: Looking Behind The Hashtag

Becky Morris | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Morris

As a millennial, the reality of reaching what we consider to be adulthood feels a world away from what was promised. We believed that working hard, educating ourselves and managing our money would lead to success.

This Is What It's Like To Grow Up With Teen Parents

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Adults who grew up with teen parents have now revealed the impact that having a young mum and dad had on them. And, as with all families, their experi...

What Girls Call Their Body Parts

Katie Lodge | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Lodge

"What's that?" asked my three-year old son, head skew-whiff. Swamped by bubbles and an army of dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period, he was pointing at my lower regions with a Gallimimus in his hand. We were both in the bath. "Erm," I replied...

The Most Important First Loves Aren't The Romantic Kind

Stephen Mayne | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Mayne

Everyone remembers their first love, even if they soon discard the relationship. There's something about that intoxicating rush of emotion, something ...

A Letter To My Friend - I'm Sorry

Becky Clark | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
Becky Clark

Dear Friend, I'm sorry that our friendship has changed. I was naive to believe that becoming a parent wouldn't change me. For a while you were concer...

Pursued By A Bear

Caragh Little | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

In darker times, it can be the simple, almost imperceptible moments that can change a life as well. That moment when you notice someone repeating themselves just once too often, saying something which seems at odds with what they think... the diagnosis may be the momentous thing, but somehow it was those days you just began to wonder when you knew by instinct things were going to change.

13 Tweets That Perfectly Sum Up Your Late Twenties

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Adulthood is fraught with obstacles that we have to learn to overcome: paying bills, booking our own doctor’s appointments and cooking something oth...

22 Things You Must Know At 22 That Are Not Up For Discussion

Rebecca Peel | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Peel

Being 22 is sort of like being in age-limbo. You're past the year of "fake adulthood" at 21, and the world expects you to act responsibly now. But despite the snazzy business cards you now have, you still don't feel like a fully functioning adult. You have more in common with a 30-year-old than an 18-year-old now, but you're still in your prime! Below is a list of things I've learnt this year that you must know...

Stop Trying To Get Your Shit Together Because You Probably Won't

Rhiannon Walsh | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Walsh

In recent months I have both graduated from university and turned the ripe old age of 23. By juggling a retail job, freelance work and the occasional unpaid personal project, I scramble through most of my days searching for the sweet relief of feeling "Wow...I really have my shit together!", before I pat myself on the back and give a double thumbs up to an invisible camera. But that feeling never seems to come.

21 Things That 21 Years Taught Me

Yasmin Braddell | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Braddell

Perhaps I'm overly anxious, a tad too cautious, a "goodie two shoes", "old before my time"...call it what you will; maybe it's all that people watching, or reading one too many classics, and maybe it becomes a bit of a vicious circle. Either way, I've lived 21 years inside Yasmin's head, and so am going to sum up 21 things that 21 years have taught me..

13 Life Lessons You Learnt From Your Parents (And You Hate To Admit They Were Right)

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Now we are all mature adults, we can admit that maybe (sometimes) our parents might have been right. Their parental wisdom might not have always been ...

12 Things You Still Do From Your Uni Days In Your 20s And 30s

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Students have a bad reputation for their horrible habits, but what happens when you leave university and enter the real world? Despite appearing like...

Build A Ladder To The Stars...

Caragh Little | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

The school where I work is saying goodbye, this week, to another sixth form year group, as the class of 2016 head off into study leave, exam season an...

Losing My Mum Changed Me for the Better

Jenny Mullinder | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Mullinder

Five days after my 21st birthday my entire world changed. My Mum; the strongest, most vulnerable, most important woman I'd known, was dead. It was the worst day of my life, but it also caused me to finally confront all my demons, and start moving forward from them.

35 Things I Thought I'd Be Doing at 35

Kate Milner | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Milner

If you'd asked my 25-year-old self what I'd be like in ten years' time I probably would have had a fair stab at describing my actual life - house in the suburbs, couple of kids, some kind of job -but the devil is in the detail, and there are so many things that I'd hoped to be doing by now that I'm just not.

You're Like a Flame My Darling, Nobody Can Touch You

Abbey Michelle | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Parents
Abbey Michelle

The way you danced that evening, independent of me, of Lea, of your uncle, you were so sure of yourself. Dressed in your little dungarees and Toms shoes, you looked so adorable, and I was so proud of you. Your fearlessness was admirable, and Lea was right - in that moment, no one could touch you!

Turbulent Times With Twins - The First Year

Anne Marshall | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents
Anne Marshall

Definitely don't look at the page with the picture of the mum tandem breast-feeding her twins, holding them up like two footballs. That page is responsible for me losing the breast pump I'd bought, over the balcony of our apartment building.

Road Rage, Snoozing and Turning Down the Telly - Getting Old Sucks

David Mooney | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Comedy
David Mooney

I used to be able to do simple things like get out of bed in a morning. Previously, the alarm would sound and I'd wake up, turn it off, get showered and leave the house. That's a skill that's deserted me; either I need to snooze six times to be able to face the day or my body hurts for no reason whatsoever.

We Give Them Wings So They May Fly!

Elaine Benton | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I had four older brothers and as the only girl in the family, my mother and I had a close relationship. I left home when I was 21 and not once did my mother voice any concerns or worries, but whole heartedly showed her support, realising it was time for me to find my own way.

When Is It a Good Time to Give Up on Your Dreams?

Chloe Bevan | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Bevan

This may seem like a very simple question but the answer doesn't feel all that simple at all to answer. Now, that I am in my twenties, the pressure of life seems all the more real and being financial stable is all the more important.

Stick With Your Passion as Plan A, Always

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

Yes, read the title again, again and again, until is clicks. Understand your directional future, plan ahead but most of all plan a life which is full of excitement and a life which you'll enjoy living.

Love Letter to My Mother-in-Law

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

My mother-in-law cured me of my spoilt behaviour, but it was a baptism of fire. I was lazy and incapable, and her son deserved more than the teenager who was dumb enough to fall pregnant on the first date, and who wanted grand things in life rather than knuckling down to being a mother, taking care of the family the proper way.

The Six Phases of Motherhood

Suzanne Whitton | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Parents
Suzanne Whitton

What no one realises (at this stage of blissful naivety) is that the gorgeous, defenceless, newborn bundle will one day become a demanding toddler, opinionated five-year-old, unreasonable tween, and finally... stroppy teenager.