Seven secrets of a highly successful Christmas!

For some, Christmas might seem like a piece of cake. For others, it is more like a cold turkey. We expect a perfect Christmas that should be just the way we like it. We dream of a house filled with laughter and joy as the family opens beautifully wrapped presents under a glorious tree and…

Mums and dads not required. What?!

Sometimes you read something that is so ridiculous that you can’t quite work out how to respond. It’s taken me ten days since I was invited to comment on a story that was written up in the Independent. According to a new book by Cambridge professor, Susan Golombok – best known for her studies on same sex…

PM’s brand new ‘family test’ falls at the first hurdle

This article was first published on The Conservative Woman blog The big problem with being an optimist, of thinking the best of people, is dealing with the disappointment when people let you down. This coalition government’s track record certainly doesn’t merit much in the way of optimism. After all, we’ve had another four years of colossal…

Seven secrets of a highly successful Christmas!

For some, Christmas might seem like a piece of cake. For others, it is more like a cold turkey. We expect a perfect Christmas that should be just the way we like it. We dream of a house filled with laughter and joy as the family opens beautifully wrapped presents under a glorious tree and…

Mr & Mrs Pitt

So the really hot story of the summer was the ‘secret’ wedding of Brad and Angelina, a couple so famous that we not only know them by their first names but also by their combined nickname ‘Brangelina’. Sad to admit, I’ve never met them and I don’t know anyone who has. However ‘Brangelina’ and ‘Karry’…

The most ‘family friendly government ever’. Not.

I’m just wondering what it will take before we get any kind of family policy from government. Government is well aware of the problem. For starters, almost all welfare policy since 1997 is based on the premise that out-of-work lone parents are the most likely group to live in poverty. And I know for certain…

When things go wrong. Marriage, family and social support.

It’s funny how easy it is to forget to appreciate the importance of health. You really only notice this when something goes wrong. A common cold becomes debilitating. A cut on your finger makes it hard to hold a toothbrush. Back pain makes it hard even to put on your socks! Much the same is…