Posts for Relationships

Children not adversely impacted by working mothers

Amazing that we are still having this kind of discussion! Mothers who work full-time or part-time in the first six years of their child’s life have little impact on the child’s behaviour, according to new research by the University of Cologne, contrary to what many believe. The study, conducted by […]

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Phone call anxiety: why so many of us have it, and how to get over it

Many people feel anxious when receiving a phone call. Shutterstock/Sergey Mironov Ilham Sebah, Royal Holloway Staying in touch with loved ones without seeing them in person has become even more important during the pandemic. But for some people, making or receiving calls is a stressful experience. Phone anxiety – or […]

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A start as restricted care home visits become possible again

It’s a start but it really doesn’t help those of us who are based hundreds of miles away from our parents. For example, I have not been able to see my father, soon to be 93, and suffering with Alzheimer’s, for a year now. Care home residents will be able […]

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6 Different Valentine’s Gifts for Your Special Someone

When it comes to giving gifts, it’s usually the case that you either find inspiration instantly, or you spend an age trying think of an appropriate idea. Either way, it is possible to pick out the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day, and these six ideas should help. Books Reading is […]

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Depressed or bored? How COVID-boredom intensifies the fear of missing out

Life under COVID-19 restrictions means many of us are having to deal with the intense boredom of life being on pause. (Shutterstock) Julian Jason Haladyn, OCAD University We begin 2021 still in the midst of a pandemic: still social distancing, still self-isolating, still wearing masks, still feeling as if life […]

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Samaritans voice concerns for the lonely this Christmas

Christmas will be a tough time for some even without a global pandemic to deal with, say Samaritans, as the charity’s latest research shows being separated from family and loved ones over the Christmas period is one of the biggest concerns facing callers. It is easy for those of us […]

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Can you unintentionally bully someone? Here’s the science

Priti Patel says she didn’t intend to harm staff. Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA Geoff Beattie, Edge Hill University I was nine. Some girl, maybe around 15 or 16, old enough to tower over me, asked whether Bill Beattie was my brother. I nodded. Without saying another word she grabbed me by my […]

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New guidance for care home visiting rights

All care home residents in England should be allowed to receive visits from their family and friends in a COVID-secure way – with social distancing and PPE – following new guidance to be used while national restrictions are in place from Thursday 5 November. The guidance will enable care home […]

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#NewWaysNovember

I appreciate many people will be deeply worried about lockdown, more furlough, lost jobs, income, food, etc. It is impacting virtually every family I know. I realise not everyone has the time or ability to be creative, etc., because of financial or health worries, but some of the suggestions below […]

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Alcohol abuse a big contributor to lockdown divorce

Research carried by UK online divorce company Divorce-online.co.uk has found that during the key part of the UK national lockdown, nearly 1 in 4 behaviour-based divorce petitions prepared by the company mentioned alcohol abuse as a key reason for the divorce being filed. The company prepared 700 behaviour petitions between 31st March […]

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