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  1. Why your friends and family are sometimes the worst support during your divorce

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    Article by Adele Theron Although your friends and family are an important part of your life, you may find that they’re ill equipped to support you through your loss. I found that even though my friends and family were well meaning, they didn’t know what to say to me and I often didn’t feel better around them. Before you chuck up this well-meaning lot, remember that although they’re trying hard, they’re just not equipped or trained to help you. Society has conditioned them to deal with loss in a particular way. It’s not their fault. They love you very much and they hate to see you suffering. They’ll try to take the pain away and will do whatever they can in the moment to achieve...
  2. Tips for looking after Ageing Parents – Long Distance

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    Article by Kay Newton I am often asked how I cope with my aging parents being so far away. How can I sleep at night without worrying about them, how could I possibly leave them and live in another country. Yet for me living in Majorca, is no different than living in the South of England and your parents living up North – it still takes time to cover the distance! I made the decision to move countries over 26 years ago when my parents health was not an issue. I have always followed the philosophy that if you have to do something, you have to do it, no matter what others may think. The past five year have certainly been the toughest, I have  worried about my Mum...
  3. Will you become an emptynester later than you thought?

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    Article by Fabaferfifty Your nest may not become empty quite as soon as you thought. Thoughts of turning those no longer needed bedrooms into hobby rooms might just have to put on hold! We all know that things are tough for first time buyers. One in five wannabe homeowners are marooned at home with mum and dad – because they can’t afford to get a foot on the property ladder, it emerged yesterday. And wait for it, one in ten feared they could be in their late 40s or early 50s before they were able to move out, according to a study of 1,000 potential first time buyers. It also emerged most feel their relationships with their parents are suffering because they are still living at home. Bank of Mum and Dad has hit hard times It would appear that while the...
  4. A Letter to Mum, how a poem helped reunite a family shattered by divorce

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    Guest article by Jan Jack We asked Jan, who we featured as a ‘Fabwoman’ to explain more about how her poetry has touched lives When I first set up Perfect Verse someone asked me “How on earth are you going to make money?  It will NEVER work.” A good question – albeit combined with a somewhat negative view.  But even I am amazed at how versatile poetry can be; since that time I’ve written Best Man Speeches, Father of the Bride Verse, and even promotional verse for businesses. But the Perfect Verses which mean the most to me are the ones which bring people together. For example, I’ve helped a sister breach a gap with her brother...
  5. Ten top tips for personal statement success for your child’s university application

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    Article by Fabafterfifty Is your son or duaghter struggling with their personal statement as they complete their university application?  The latest tips from UCAS will enable you to give them a helping hand. With the January 15 deadline fast approaching, UCAS has released these ten top personal statement tips for anyone applying to university or college. Christmas is a great time to put the finishing touches to the statement, which could be the only piece of written work admissions professionals see before making a decision. The writing should show applicants at their very best and following these ground rules should get you (or your son or daughter) off to a great start. 1.    Express interest in the subject and show real passion UCAS adviser Ross Sanger said: “My major tip is to really show...
  6. Machita shares her experience as a mother of autistic children as they reach adulthood.

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon While some mothers dread the day their children fly the nest and leave home, there are others who know that life for them, and their , will not be quite so straightforward. Similarly , where for most families, Christmas is a time for coming together, socialising, and breaking the daily routine, there are families where any change in routine can bring about problems. Christmas and children with autism Machita has twin sons, both with aspergers syndrome who are just turning 18. For their family, Christmas has always meant sticking to a normal daily routine, and avoiding surprises. No surprises from Santa under the tree when the boys were growing up, but gifts they had been shown and knew were wrapped and waiting with their names on under the tree. Family Christmases...
  7. On your own at Christmas – because you want to be.

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    Article by Caroline Carr The season of jollity and goodwill, a house full of friends and family and merriment. Great, if that’s what you want. But maybe you’d prefer to be on your own – eating whatever you fancy, watching TV or not, doing whatever you wish – and having a lovely time, in your own time. I don’t see anything sad or wrong in that. Of course, you may not want to be alone, yet find that you are – and that’s quite a different matter. Assuming that you do want your own quiet Christmas though, how easy is it to say so? I reckon that many people just want a simple, quiet time on ‘The Day’, but they’re prevented from doing so because well-meaning friends or family members...
  8. How can I help my son/daughter with the university application process through UCAS?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty I’m a parent – Where can I find information about UCAS and the university application process? If your son or daughter is applying to university or college through UCAS, you can play an important role in the process. First of all, you can register for our newsletter (www.ucas.com/parents/register) aimed specifically at parents. This will keep you informed throughout the application cycle. Once you have done this, you should consider reading UCAS’ six steps to applying, so you know exactly what each stage means and how you can help your son or daughter. You can also take a look at UCAStv (www.ucas.tv), which has a comprehensive set of videos that explain exactly how to deal with each part of the application. The deadline for most...
  9. Helping Your Child onto the Property Ladder – Dos and Don’ts

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    Article by Samanatha Jago Parents are often conscious of the difficulties their children face in getting onto the property ladder.  As a result many parents give their children a helping hand by loaning or giving them money towards the purchase of a property.  Samantha Jago, family law solicitor at rhw solicitors in Surrey, looks at some the issues that can need to be considered if you decide to go down this route: Giving your child money towards a property Anyone wishing to assist their child in purchasing a property should give consideration to the following: • Is the money to be a loan or a gift? • How would you feel if your child cohabited and the relationship came to an end and the ex-partner sought to claim an interest in...
  10. As Neil Diamond announces his engagement at 70, the issues raised regarding remarriage later in life

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon As Neil Diamond announces his engagement to Katie McNeil, 30 years his junior , I was asked by BBC Radio Stoke if I would be available to comment on the issues. It opened a host of areas for discussion! • Why would someone of 70 feel the need to marry? • What would the impact of a 30 year age gap have? • Having previously given his ex-wife $150m settlement in the largest settlement in US history, should he be signing a pre-nup? • What about the impact on his family- how would his children react to remarriage at 70 and to a much younger partner? • With 2 divorces behind him, would this be 3rd time lucky? • Would we have a similar reaction to a woman marrying a husband 30 years her junior? (think Joan Collins and Percy) • With...
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