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Marriage. Whose Idea Was That?

Lyndsey Stoner | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lyndsey Stoner

Meet a boy, fall in love, have adventures, lazy Sundays, make memories, get married, settle down, throw a Toddlermonster or two into the mix and before long you can barely recognise yourselves.

Falling In Love With Mum - Dementia and Dying

Lisa Ives | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ives

My mother died nearly six years ago, I haven't been able to write about it until now.

The Meaning Of Life ...?

Natalie Savvides | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Savvides

Sunday morning. I lay awake catching those five, extra minutes as my husband wakes up our son and I savour the moment of quiet before the little one ...

Since Appearing On The Undateables I Have Gained Genuine Confidence

Jamie Marsden | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Marsden

A conversation with someone I find attractive is no longer made up of me stuttering. It is made up of coherent words and feelings. I have not only set sail on my journey into the dating world, but also learned how to swim in the social world.

To The Playground Mum Who Asked If I'll Have More Kids: Please Don't

Ursula Tavender | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK Parents
Ursula Tavender

When you meet someone and it becomes obvious it's starting to get serious, the relentless quizzing begins: "Are you going to put a ring on her finger, then?" The engagement announcement goes out and everyone wants to know urgently when the wedding is going to be. On the wedding day the question shifts to when the first child is going to make an appearance.

Ten Confessions Of An Angsty 22-Year-Old

Wemmy Ogunyankin | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Wemmy Ogunyankin

My tenth confession is a complete embracing of all my imperfections: I'm an idealistic yet pessimistic romantic. I'm a health conscious periodic binge eater. I think I'm so good but I'm super self critical. I'm sweet but I'm angry. I am a bundle of contradictions but again, I challenge anyone to say they are anything other.

The Downside Of Temping

Kanarian Kindred | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK
Kanarian Kindred

In closing, by no means am I writing this to bash the staffing agency. I temped for a number of years, and have met my share of good recruiters out here working hard. This is just a listing of certain things people need to be mindful of when working a temp assignment..

Are Breaks Good For Relationships?

Giulia Smith | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Giulia Smith

I've recently gone on a break with my boyfriend as we were arguing too much. I couldn't see any other way forward (aside from ending it completely which I wasn't quite ready to do) than to just take some time apart to think about what it was we really wanted.

8 Ways To Get Over Being Cheated On

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

It’s the second week in January and you’ve just found out your partner (who you spent all that money on at Christmas) has been having sex with som...

Art And The Dream - Creativity And The Cultural Depiction of Marriage

Mary Griffiths Clarke | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK
Mary Griffiths Clarke

It wasn't until a conversation with final year MFA student, Amani AlThuwaini at her Goldsmiths University studio in London that I realised that views ...

Does An Anxious Parent Make An Anxious Child?

Jodie Andrews | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK Parents
Jodie Andrews

She's daring and not afraid to speak out to anyone that will listen. I love this quality of hers, it inspires me to overcome my anxiety and push it as far to the back of my mind as I possibly can. There are a few things we can all do to try and not let our anxiety rub off onto our children...

Proposing On New Year's Eve? Buy The Ring Before Popping The Question

Robert Lane | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Lane

It's far less pressure to spend time looking for rings online, on your own, so that you can compare gradings, carat sizes and reviews of the jewellers. You can also decide if you want to search around for discount codes or wait for a sale, which you are unlikely to do if you are shopping together.

Married Couple Eventually Found Each Other After Several Close Encounters Since They Were Kids

SWNS | Poorna Bell | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A woman was stunned after discovering her and her husband grew up just streets apart, worked together and were friends on Facebook - all without them ...

The Dating Terminology You Need To Know

Claire Certain | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Certain

It seems like everyone is clued in on the new dating landscape. But for people only just entering this whole new world some of the new terms can seem utterly bewildering. So, for the uninitiated, here's your definitive dating terminology guide.

Why Being The Other Woman Has Skewed My Perception Of Men

Giulia Smith | Posted 18.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Giulia Smith

It's not something I like to admit but I have been the other women on multiple occasions. Granted there was one occasion where I knew the guy was in a relationship but the rest failed to mention the tiny detail that they were already taken when we met.

Spontaneity And Sex

Jayne Blackman | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Blackman

We all want sex to be spontaneous, right? We think we need to feel like it - horny, desiring. Planning just doesn't feel right in this arena, it's a...

Grieving The Loss Of Self

Rachel Lamb | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

How do you grieve for something that's not a physical being? You haven't lost a relative or friend, or your dog that you've had in the family since you were small. You don't get the usual 'I'm sorry for your loss', because have you actually lost anything? For anyone who's been through or going through this then of course the answer is yes.

Special Needs And The 'C' Word...

Michala Dominey | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Michala Dominey

When your bundles of joy enter the world, most people have a wonderful vision of what parenthood will be like -- how you'll capture every moment on camera, fill out every section of the baby's year book and spend Christmases savouring every beautiful moment.

Is Romance On The Decline In The UK? Google Says No

Robert Lane | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Lane

The all-time peak was at the end of 2015, as people rushed to buy engagement rings for new year proposals. I expect the peak will be beaten this month (December 2016), though that's just a guess based on previous data.

Today Is The Least Romantic Day Of The Year

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Love Actually has us all believe that Christmas is the most romantic time of the year, full of mulled-wine-fuelled-mistakes and mistletoe rendezvous. ...

Break Up Protocol: The Basics Of Breaking Up Well

Carrie Lloyd | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Lloyd

'Carrie. You've gone through some break-ups...' My boss is running the panel this afternoon, and decides to share such a thought in front of 700 peop...

Don't Let Romance Bankrupt You This Christmas

Robert Lane | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Lane

The run up to Christmas is a golden time for engagement ring sales. If you listen carefully on Britain's high streets you can hear jewellers rubbing their hands together as clueless shoppers wander the streets looking for the perfect diamond ring in preparation for a New Year's proposal.

How To Empower Your Child - These Four Ways

Veronica Owusu-Byczkowska | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Veronica Owusu-Byczkowska

The time to start is now. Arm them with a set of tools that show that the only limitations are the ones we create for ourselves in our minds. How do you empower your child?

Christmas Is More...

Esther Dark | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Dark

At the end of Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the narrator says: "Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, ...

Myth-Busting: The Honeymoon Period

Samia Aziz | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Samia Aziz

So suddenly making one life together becomes more than about managing your preferences like what you each want for dinner, or agreeing on how to make the best cup of tea. It becomes about merging your lives, and at the same time, trying to be "married". This is where we often find we have gaps in our expectations, communication and understanding.