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Living with Huntington’s disease: ‘For our family, the end of days is always close at hand’

Fifteen years ago, writer Charlotte Raven was diagnosed with the incurable neurodegenerative disease – what did it do to her family and her marriage?The day I found out how I was going to die began innocuously enough: the usual blur of nappy changing and tetchy texts to my husband. Life in our recently refurbished London home had settled into a rhythm, with a low-level background of domestic discontent. Arguments about wallpaper had run their course; our cats had made their peace with our one-ye...
Tags: Books, Family, London, Marriage, Relationships, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Anna, Tom, Eric, HUNTINGTON, Murph, Huntington's Disease, Charlotte Raven

Experience: I had a baby using a donated uterus

The doctor told me I’d be lucky to see uterine transplants happen in my lifetime. But I never gave up hopeWhen I was 17, my periods still hadn’t started. Blood tests and ultrasound scans confirmed the devastating news: I had Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome – I had been born without a uterus. One in 5,000 women have the condition. I had functioning ovaries, which could help me make a baby, but without a womb, I couldn’t carry one.I stared at the medical drapes in front of me and tr...
Tags: Family, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Childbirth, Fertility problems, Organ Donation, Mayer Rokitansky Küster Hauser

A moment that changed me: Patrick Stewart on the teacher who spotted his talent – and saved him

I skipped the 11-plus and was failing at school. Then I met Cecil Dormand, the extraordinary English teacher who transformed my life for everI never sat my 11-plus. On the day of the test, I wandered around the hills near the golf club above my home town of Mirfield in West Yorkshire. I ate my lunch sitting against a dry stone wall, looking down on the town, where I could see my school pals in the playground during a break in the exams. I doubt if I would have passed, anyway. And, frankly, I jus...
Tags: Family, Education, Children, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Society, Teaching, Culture, Stage, Schools, Parents and parenting, West Yorkshire, William Shakespeare, Venice, Shakespeare

‘It is devastating’: the millennials who would love to have kids – but can’t afford a family

They are working three jobs, changing careers or moving to faraway areas with affordable housing in order to drum up enough money for children of their own. Sadly the numbers still don’t add up“People need to stop telling me to ‘just get on with it’ if I want to have children,” Jen Cleary says, clearly exasperated. “Most of my generation simply cannot afford to. Being childless is out of my hands and it is a devastating and frustrating reality.” Cleary, a 35-year-old former teacher, is recountin...
Tags: Family, UK, Money, Children, House Prices, Life and style, Society, Childcare, Labour, Parents and parenting, Cleary, Anneliese Dodds, Jen Cleary

A new start after 60: ‘I had the most dishonest dark hair imaginable. So at 65 I shaved it all off’

When her daughter’s hair began to turn grey, Marsha Coupé decided she had to say goodbye to her own dyed locks. It was like being rebornFor her first 65 years, Marsha Coupé had dark hair. She wore it in a blunt pageboy style, with red lipstick. She was wedded to her look, she says. Six weeks ago, she got a No 1 shave. Afterwards, she looked at the floor of the salon in her home town of Davis, California. Seeing the black locks scattered, she put her hands to her head. “I could not believe how go...
Tags: Health, Family, Women, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Beauty, Parents and parenting, Bereavement, Women's Hair, Coupe, Davis California, Antoinette, Marsha Coupé

Tom Daley on love, grief and health: ‘It was hammered into me that I needed to lose weight’

Fresh from winning gold in Tokyo, the diver answers readers’ questions on everything from gay role models to his passion for knitting and the secrets of his successTom Daley, Britain’s most decorated diver, grew up in the spotlight. He was 14 when he made a splash at his first Olympics, in 2008, and at 15 he became a world champion. This year in Tokyo, at his fourth Games, he finally won a longed-for gold, with his synchronised diving partner, Matty Lee. In 2013, Daley came out – a rarity among ...
Tags: Health, Family, Sport, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Britain, LGBT rights, Parents and parenting, Tokyo, Diving, Tom Daley, Daley, Dustin Lance Black, Matty Lee

I took the Covid vaccine while pregnant – let’s not pretend it’s an easy decision

Only 31% of pregnant Americans are fully vaccinated. I felt responsible for this bean-like bundle forming in my body. But the conflicting advice made it hard for me to decideThese are the first three things I did when I found out I was pregnant in February. I took about six more tests. Then, I called the doctor’s office to make an appointment. A few days later, I signed up for a Covid-19 vaccine. I stood in line, freezing, at a high school in Coney Island to get my shot.Deciding to get the vacci...
Tags: Family, Gender, Science, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Infectious Diseases, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Coney Island, Coronavirus

Why are so many pregnant women not taking the vaccine?

Only 31% of pregnant Americans are fully vaccinated. I felt responsible for this bean-like bundle forming in my body. But the conflicting advice made it hard for me to decideThese are the first three things I did when I found out I was pregnant in February. I took about six more tests. Then, I called the doctor’s office to make an appointment. A few days later, I signed up for a Covid-19 vaccine. I stood in line, freezing, at a high school in Coney Island to get my shot.Deciding to get the vacci...
Tags: Family, Gender, Science, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Infectious Diseases, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Coney Island, Coronavirus

Fear on the ward: UK mothers threatened with social services for refusing maternity care

Women who turn down advice from health service staff say they are being coerced with threats of referrals to agencies and policePregnant women and new mothers are being referred to social services by midwives for refusing to follow their advice, patient advocacy groups have warned.Expectant parents who have declined care, including opting out of scans, refusing inductions or failing to attend antenatal appointments, are among those who have faced threats from healthcare professionals amounting t...
Tags: Family, UK, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Society, UK News, Health & wellbeing, NHS, Parents and parenting, Childbirth, Women's Health, Coronavirus, Association for Improvements, Maternity Services Aims Continue

The great sperm heist: ‘They were playing with people’s lives’

Paul was in his 80s when someone called to say she was his daughter, conceived in a fertility clinic with his sperm. The only problem? He’d never donated anyFor 40 years, Catherine Simpson thought she knew who she was: a nurse, a mother of three, a daughter and a sister. She looked like her mother, Sarah, but had the same temperament as her father, George: calm, unflustered, kind.Then her father died. There was a dispute over his will, and that led her mother to call and tell her something that ...
Tags: Health, Family, Science, Life and style, Society, UK News, Harley Street, Doctors, Reproduction, Parents and parenting, Private healthcare, Catherine, Sarah, Sperm Donation, George, PAUL

Is my son, 14, a gaming addict? He spends all his time online in his room | Annalisa Barbieri

Computer games may be filling a void left by friendships that fell away over lockdownMy son is nearly 15 and my only child. His father and I separated some years ago and they see each other regularly. My son also has a good relationship with my partner, who has lived with us for a few years. He has always excelled at school and is a talented musician. When he was younger he was confident and eloquent beyond his years; he could make friends or have a conversation with anyone.I have seen huge chan...
Tags: Family, Games, Education, Children, Life and style, Game culture, Parents and parenting, Annalisa Barbieri

British ‘baby shortage’ could lead to economic decline, says thinktank

Social Market Foundation suggests measures including better childcare provision to increase birthrate Britain is facing a “baby shortage” that could lead to “long-term economic stagnation”, a thinktank has said.The Social Market Foundation (SMF) said the birthrate was almost half what it was at its postwar peak in the 1960s, and the country’s ageing population could lead to economic decline. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Politics, Money, Children, Life and style, Society, UK News, Childcare, Thinktanks, Britain, Parents and parenting, Childbirth, Social Market Foundation, Social Market Foundation SMF

I left a dream job to be closer to my autistic twin

The pandemic has forced many of us to rethink our lives, not least of which is how we work. For me, it meant returning homeTen days before our birthday, I drove my 2005 blue Nissan Sentra over the Verrazano Bridge and let the tears roll out. He didn’t know it, but I was almost home. The Verrazano spills into Brooklyn, where Scott and I entered the world.We were born a little after 11am on 28 July 1994 in Maimonides hospital, fraternal twins. “Two boychiks!” my father boasted, still in his blue s...
Tags: Family, Life and style, Brooklyn, Parents and parenting, Siblings, US work & careers, Nissan, Scott, Maimonides, Verrazano Bridge, Coronavirus

‘I imagine the children we might have had’: deciding what to do with my late husband’s frozen sperm

Three years after the death of her husband at 41, Kat Lister describes the posthumous conception dilemma she facesIt’s the hottest week of the year and I am sitting in a windowless room on the lower ground floor of London’s University College Hospital discussing the precise temperature of frozen sperm. At -196C, these glacial swimmers are biologically inert, I’m told, as I’m handed two props: a thin plastic straw that bends to the will of my fingertips and a cylindrical cup segmented by colourfu...
Tags: Health, Books, Family, London, Life and style, Society, Death and dying, Parents and parenting, Fertility problems, University College Hospital, Kat Lister

‘Can we survive this squeeze?’: how to cope when both your kids and your parents need help

Who can look after my 95-year-old mum? How do I support my troubled teen? Experts’ top tips for the sandwich generation crushed by conflicting demandsWhen I was born, my grandmother was only 58. Her own parents were both dead, her mother having died in her 70s a few years earlier. I am 58 myself now, but my future grandchildren are still probably some years away. Two of my children are still living at home, with all the needs that entails, while my mother, a sprightly 83-year-old, can have every...
Tags: Family, Children, Life and style, Society, Social Care, Carers, Parents and parenting, Bank of Scotland

Kareena Kapoor Khan on breaking pregnancy taboos: ‘No one wants to talk about belching and swollen feet!’

One of Bollywood’s most bankable actors has written a revolutionary pregnancy book that lifts the lid on libido, caesareans and more. She discusses power, pay and the reality behind the glamourDays after giving birth to her first child – an emergency caesarean after the cord had wrapped itself around the baby’s neck – Kareena Kapoor Khan stood undressed and alone in front of a mirror in her bedroom. “There I was: scarred, chubby, puffy, tired,” she recalls of that moment in 2016. “I saw the baby...
Tags: Family, Film, India, Pregnancy, Life and style, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Bollywood, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kapoor Khan

Parental burnout: how juggling kids and work in a global pandemic brought us to the brink

The past 18 months have left many parents and carers feeling overwhelmed, irritable and wrung bone dry. Can balance ever be restored?“I’m tired of how blurred the lines are between home and work,” Julia Thomas tells me as her two boys repeatedly ask for snacks in the background. Thomas lives in London with her husband, twin 11-year-old boys and a daughter, seven. She is a civil servant, but says she is feeling so burned out by childcare that she’s considering quitting her job completely. She isn...
Tags: Family, London, Children, Life and style, Society, Parents and parenting, Thomas, Julia Thomas

‘There is so much bad behaviour everywhere’: how to raise a good child in a terrible world

Amid Trump, #MeToo and rising hate crime, science writer Melinda Wenner Moyer decided it was time to learn how to stop her kids becoming ‘assholes’. Her research became an unusual, much-needed parenting bookWhen Melinda Wenner Moyer looked around in the autumn of 2018, she saw everywhere what she would describe as “assholes”. In the US and the UK, hate crime was – and is – rising. Across the world, #MeToo allegations continued to come. Donald Trump was in the White House and “I just felt like th...
Tags: Family, UK, Children, White House, US, Life and style, Society, Parents and parenting, Donald Trump, Moyer, Melinda Wenner Moyer

‘A kick in the teeth’: British mothers and pregnant women fear return to workplace

Companies recalling staff this month have been accused of not offering flexitime and failing to protect employeesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBefore the pandemic, every morning and night was a cycle of stress and rushing around for single mother Emma Woodburn, getting her two young sons to and from school, childcare before and after work and staying on top of housework.But when, 18 months ago, the 39-year-old from Lancashire was told by her employer she could work ...
Tags: Business, Family, Money, Children, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, Work & careers, Charities, Working From Home, Parents and parenting, Lancashire, Coronavirus, Emma Woodburn

‘Know how to flex on Insta?’: grandchildren and grandparents explain the world to each other

How much do these two generations understand about the lives of the other? We listened in on five family discussions to find outBob Smith sits upright on the sofa as his grandson, Louis Brow, prepares to quiz him on youth slang. We are sitting in the living room of Louis’s family home in Ilkley, West Yorkshire; Bob has travelled over from Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire, in his Nissan Micra. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Technology, Children, Social Media, Life and style, Society, Digital Media, Parents and parenting, Bob, Smith, Grandparents and grandparenting, Walton, Louis, Louis Brow, Ilkley West Yorkshire, Dale Lancashire

The chronic stress survival guide: how to live with the anxiety and grief you can’t escape

Stress can feel like a baseline condition for many of us – especially during a pandemic. But there are ways to help alleviate the very worst of it, whether through support, sleep or radical self-careAt a time when all life’s challenges have been amplified by the pandemic – and awareness of burnout, at home and at work, has never been higher – stress might seem to be our baseline condition. For most of us, these periods of pressure pass relatively quickly. Even serious stress can be temporary and...
Tags: Family, Life and style, Society, Work & careers, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Rachel Boyd

Paloma Faith: ‘If anyone can do it, it’s me’

Despite the balancing act – home schooling, a second baby, a fifth album and a nationwide tour – Paloma Faith always comes out fighting… and full of storiesHere’s a nice little exclusive for you,” Paloma Faith leans into my voice recorder generously, grinning, “and you’ll like this because it’s about lactation!” We are huddled outside a café on a day that promised sun but delivered rain, and she pulls her jacket around her a bit tighter – on the back, in big letters it reads: IT’S ALL BOLLOCKS.S...
Tags: Family, Music, Instagram, Life and style, Culture, Paloma Faith, Parents and parenting

My young son feels guilty about hurting his friend at school

Children are allowed to make mistakes – and they help us to learn, says Philippa PerryThe question A while back my son physically hurt a friend at school. He stopped when the teacher told him off. The friend has moved on, forgiven him and even invited him to his birthday party, but it is haunting my son as he still feels bad and really anxious about it. What happened was very much out of character and he can’t explain why he did it.Here is my son’s letter to you: I am a nine-year-old boy. A coup...
Tags: Family, Relationships, Life and style, Parents and parenting, Philippa PerryThe

I act like a petulant child when I’m with my busy, uninterested mum

It’s all too easy to return to the roles we used to inhabit, but try and see the situation from your mother’s point of viewThe question I am a 43-year-old woman. I have a happy marriage and amazing kids. During lockdown my 76-year-old mother, who is a widow, has coped well, launching herself into reading, gardening and clearing out stuff in the house, with never a word of self-pity.Now that things have opened up and we can visit again, the distance requires that we stay over. My problem is that,...
Tags: Family, Relationships, Life and style, Parents and parenting

Hot summer nights: ‘My family was running on fumes – like a dummy I took them camping’

The idea was to let the kids run around for the weekend while my wife, suffering from poor mental health, would unwind at home. And it worked, until it very much didn’t My youngest son is almost four, so the sleep-deprived agony of newborn parenting has fully receded. My sleep is no longer jittery and surface-level, primed to be wrecked by the tiniest disturbance. When I sleep now, I expect to sleep.Then last month, like a dummy, I took my kids camping. True, I did everything to maximise the amo...
Tags: Health, Family, Life and style, Mental Health, Parents and parenting, Camping Holidays

Goodbye wicked stepmother: ‘bonus’ families adopting more positive terms

Princess Beatrice is the latest public figure to use new terminology, which many prefer to words such as ‘stepfamily’The wicked stepmother of fairytales and bad films is no more: welcome, instead, to the “bonus” mum, dad and children of the blended families of the 21st century.Princess Beatrice, the Queen’s granddaughter, spoke this week of her “bonus son” after her marriage last year to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Children, Life and style, Society, UK News, Parents and parenting, Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Will power: preparing for my death has provided me with way more entertainment than is seemly | Elizabeth Quinn

Although confronting, the act of getting my affairs in order has provided much space for reflection – and gratitudeIt’s lockdown number whatever, and this time I’m going to make it count. No sourdough therapy, no binge watching Schitts Creek, no ordering recklessly expensive artisan cakelets. This time I’m preparing for death.A few years ago I helped my mother write her advance care plan. Now it’s my turn. I download it and work my way through the personal details to the end-of-life section. Who...
Tags: Personal Finance, Family, Life and style, Australia news, Parents and parenting, Schitts Creek, Australian lifestyle, Elizabeth Quinn

‘Let them be kids!’ Is ‘free-range’ parenting the key to healthier, happier children?

Now more than ever, children are cooped up indoors and monitored 24/7. But how can they build confidence and social skills if adults never let them out of their sight?She describes herself as having been a “fairly cautious” parent before the pandemic, but Shannon now worries about her children’s safety more than ever. “The pandemic has made me more paranoid and fearful of other people,” she says. She has two sons, aged seven and four, and she’s anxious about them falling ill “because they are to...
Tags: Family, Children, Life and style, Society, Parents and parenting, Shannon, COVID, Indiana Shannon

Life after terror: the children of 9/11

Twenty years after the World Trade Center attacks, four young people, then unborn, who lost their fathers, reveal how the events shaped their livesLike for most young Americans growing up, 9/11 was a fairly constant presence, with online videos and TV documentaries, memorials and references to it on the news. I never wanted to ask Mum too much, instead putting the pieces together as I got older. I think I always knew my dad had died that day, but I’ve never felt a hugely emotional reaction. I kn...
Tags: Family, Life and style, US news, Parents and parenting, September 11 2001, World Trade Center, Bereavement

‘I can’t work’: the mothers left to fight alone for their children’s mental health care

Three parents forced to give up their lives and careers to get help for their severely ill children tell their storiesCassandra Leese should have been at the front of the queue when the NHS called on former staff to return to help fight the nascent Covid pandemic in March 2020.As an ITU-trained nurse, she was exactly the sort of experienced frontline worker the health service desperately needed. But instead of rejoining the ranks, she was housebound. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Family, Children, Women, Life and style, Society, Work & careers, Mental Health, Autism, NHS, Parents and parenting, Young People, ITU, Leese

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