Growing Up

Build A Ladder To The Stars...

Caragh Little | Posted 09.05.2016 | 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 30.03.2016 | 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 23.02.2016 | 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 22.02.2016 | 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 28.01.2016 | 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 27.01.2016 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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 01.12.2015 | 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 15.09.2015 | 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 18.08.2015 | 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.

50 Signs You Have Become a Grown-up

Yvette Lamb | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Yvette Lamb

1. You spend an entire Bank Holiday weekend sober 2. A Big Night is watching a film in one sitting 3. You know all of the lyrics to the Tweenies, bu...

Why Growing Up Just Sucks a Little Bit!

Chloe Bevan | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Bevan

When growing up your life changes a lot from moving school to leaving education all together. I have come to the realisation that my life over the next few years could really change, from where I live, to my family and friends, and that is a very scare thought indeed!

On Turning 21

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Getting older is also really funny, because when I was a teenager I liked the feeling of being one, of being a youth. Yet now that I'm a little older, I'd never want to go back to being that age.

Things You Shouldn't Do Now You're A Grown Up.. But Definitely Still Do

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

As soon as you're a grown up, you suddenly have money, a tolerance to alcohol, expensive clothes, pride. Right? Wrong. Sorry to break it to yo...

In Readiness for an Empty Nest

Fiona Gibson | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Gibson

In a few months' time my twin sons will leave home. I'm fine about it, really. Well, sort of. Okay, I'll probably be clutching at their ankles, bleating, 'Why are you taking your guitar? You won't need that. And your books... why not just leave them here?'

Friends are like fashion...

Gina Lyons | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK
Gina Lyons

My best friends from home all have babies, marriages, businesses, studies. They live 70 miles away and are on total different time scales to "us Londoners"

Why Female Friendships Are Better Than Anything Else in the World

Jessie Thompson | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jessie Thompson

Do you know who runs the world? Well, if you are to believe the gospel of Beyonce (and many people do), it's girls. Socially and economically, this thesis is slightly flawed. In some circles though, this could be considered true. In fact it is, and I've experienced it.

Confessions of a 40-something

Vicki Marinker | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Marinker

Almost as soon as the clock struck midnight on my 40th birthday, I became invisible to the general public. I'm not saying I used to attract lots of attention, but I really think I could walk the streets naked in broad daylight without causing a stir.

Word Games

Caragh Little | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Caragh Little

We place ourselves on the blank canvas of others' judgment and opinions: longing to be liked, afraid of being hated, desperate for our words to find common ground with someone, even for a moment.

21 Things You Discover In Your 20s

Becky Hopper | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

There's a fair few things that might change for you in these years; here are just a few... You'll probably still get too drunk, not keep track of your periods and accidentally laugh loudly in awkward social situations.

What's The Age You Actually Feel Like A Man?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Guys, at what age do you feel most like a man? And what makes you feel that way? We're not talking about being able to get served in a bar. We're ...

The Quarter Life Crisis: Taking Life One Day at a Time

Daphne Ashley Sze | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Daphne Ashley Sze

The thing is, we don't have to be who others want us to be. We don't need others to tell us what to do, because hell no, our lives are not theirs to control. We're critical individuals who know what we want, maybe not now, but we'll find a way.

The Truth About Growing Up

Daphne Ashley Sze | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daphne Ashley Sze

Nobody said it was easy. We're all shoved into a momentary oblivion with clouded judgment and unclear future. We're forced to choose between two things we can't let go of, and punished to cry in silence and accept defeat. But really, most of the time, we are almost always forced to grow up.

About Time: The Day I Left My Daughter

Michelle Beckett | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Beckett

About fifteen minutes ago (so it feels like, but according to records it was September 1992) I landed at Lancaster University as a fresher. I can still see it as a film, smell the cleaning fluid corridors, taste the tears, terrified in my bare room, burying into my cuddly panda for comfort. Time to be an adult.