Family

Advice, tips and lifetsyle features aimed at parents, children and families.

Stay safe near water this summer

How to stay safe when visiting the coast, lakes and rivers this summer

Authored by Ed Barker

Lots of us have been travelling to beaches, lakes and rivers to get some respite from the warm weather and a good day out.

Friday, July 31 saw the UK’s third hottest day on record, and it coincided with the HM Coastguard receiving 329 call-outs – the highest number in four years.

Gareth Morrison, head of water safety at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), says: “...

Anxiety around predicted exam results

How to handle the emotional impact of calculated exam results

Authored by James Carter

Waiting to find out your exam results is unavoidably stressful, but this year, students are waiting to receive results for exams they didn’t even get to take.

Normally you’d have a rough idea of how well (or badly) you might have done because you sat through the test, handed in the coursework, and know how well your mocks went. Coronavirus has seriously tampered with the system this...

Women less confident about breastfeeding

New mums less confident breastfeeding in public due to coronavirus

Authored by Claire Roberts

Following months of lockdown and social distancing, three quarters of breastfeeding mums have now admitted to feeling more cautious about breastfeeding in public, as a direct result of COVID-19.

Shockingly, just over two fifths of mums now feel confident enough to breastfeed their newborn if they were out in public. And with restaurants and bars now re-open, 43% will take measures to...

engagement ring

New research has revealed that the average engagement in the UK now costs over £3k

Authored by Laura Bond

Weddings may have been put on hold for the past few months due to the coronavirus epidemic, but that hasn’t stopped couples getting engaged.

Ten years ago an engagement would have been just a proposal and a ring, but the pressures of social media and over-the-top celebrity celebrations have changed this, meaning expectations of brides and grooms are now a lot higher.

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homeschool mum and son

Mothers sacrifice work more than fathers when homeschooling in lockdown

Authored by Jennifer Jackson

Mothers are more likely to have sacrificed their work commitments in order to homeschool their children amid the Covid-19 lockdown, according to research by UCL. The figures released indicate that average hours worked fell by 40% in lockdown, and mothers with younger children at home were significantly more likely to have stopped work than fathers.

This echoes findings in a study...

Helen Skelton and her son

Ten fun summer outdoor activities for kids – with TV’s Helen Skelton

Authored by Laura Bond

After months out of school during lockdown, children and their weary parents are now faced with yet more time to fill during the holidays.

To help inspire them, The Wild Network has teamed up with TV presenter Helen Skelton and Smart Energy GB to suggest 42 sustainable things to do over the summer.

“I’ve got two young boys, who have been home pretty much the whole time...

Lady focussing on computer

Should I try and contact the son I gave up for adoption?

Authored by Laura Bond

The problem…

“Four months ago, my daughter, who’s only 16, had a pregnancy scare. Thankfully, it was just a false alarm, but the whole incident has left me depressed and feeling guilty. It brought back memories of when I was her age and had an unwanted pregnancy. Largely due to pressure from my parents, the baby was adopted, and I don’t think I have ever forgiven them or myself for...

Lady at home with hands on her head

Five signs your belongings might be ruining your relationship

Authored by Laura Bond

Clutter means many things to many people. And what might be one person’s clean and tidy could be someone else’s super-messy.

But whatever side of the clutter fence you sit on, one thing’s for sure – we all own stuff that’s sentimental to us.

“The average home is a sea of memories,” says Suzanne Roynon, interiors therapist and author of Welcome Home: How Stuff Makes Or Breaks...

Comforting anxious child

How can I ease my child’s incessant anxiety about coronavirus

Authored by Laura Bond

Since the coronavirus pandemic started, my eight-year-old daughter has been very anxious about catching the virus and is nervous about people coming near her or touching anything at all outside. How can I stop her being so anxious, as it’s really having a negative effect on her life?

Clinical psychologist Dr Malie Coyne, a lecturer at the National University of Ireland Galway and...

pregnant lady

Study shows you are more likely to become pregnant if your colleagues are

Authored by Laura Bond

Pregnancies are contagious between colleagues in the workplace and between siblings in the family, reveals new research by the University of Cologne.

The study, conducted by Zafer Büyükkeçeci, Thomas Leopold, Henriette Engelhardt, and Ruben van Gaalen , found that if a colleague becomes a mother, the chances of further pregnancies in the workplace increases – and the same effect can...