Family

82017Feb Valentines tea and biscuits for relatives

Happy Valentines: Ten gestures they’ll love

With Valentine’s Day approaching, now is a great time to spend time with loved ones and show them how much they mean to us.

In case you hadn’t noticed the plethora of red cards, flowers and balloons adorning every shop window across the UK, it’s Valentine’s Day next week.

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282016Dec Grandparent with Grandchild, reading a book

The difference between parenting and grandparenting

Many say they enjoy being a grandparent significantly more than being a parent, but why? Here we list our top reasons why we think grandparenting can be more pleasurable than parenting!

You are their hero

Nobody looks up to anyone like a grandchild looks up to a doting grandparent. The reception you receive when you walk through their front door can make you feel akin to a rock star stepping onto stage at your own concert.Read more

142016Dec Grandparents day out in the country with children and grandchildren.

Do we really need Grandparents Day?

As a nationally recognised holiday in the USA, Grandparents Day has been well established across the pond for decades now. Yet over here, it is only just starting to take off. With its popularity steadily growing, here we consider, do we really need a Grandparents Day?Read more

262016Oct Grandparent with Grandchild

Waiting to be a grandparent

Grandchildren: one of the most rewarding and happy relationships you can enjoy in life, and for many, the best bit about growing older. But where does it leave those of us who are yet to have the title of ‘grandparent’ bestowed upon us by our children?Read more

242016Aug Grandparent fishing with grandchild

Grandparents’ rights: Do we have any?

Do grandparents have any rights regarding access to their grandchildren?

When a couple separates, or a family endures a bitter dispute, the consequences can have a knock on effect on the whole family. Sadly, it often means that grandparents and grandchildren endure separation through no wish of their own.Read more

272016Jul Property for sale. Help children buy.

Helping children onto the property ladder

For those of us with grown up children or grandchildren trying to make the great leap into home ownership, we know only too well the struggle facing our younger generations.

In today’s property market, the bank of mum and dad – or even grandma and granddad – is under increasing pressure to help our loved ones on or up the ladder. Read more

112016Jan christmas tree decorations

Keeping the grandkids entertained this winter

It has certainly been a wet winter so far, as many of us know only too well following the floods over the last few weeks. In fact, according to the Met Office, despite it being the warmest December since records began in 1910, it was also the wettest of any calendar month on record.Read more

282015Sep

Help your children get a move on

If you have grown-up children turning to the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ to purchase their first home then you’re not alone. Parents are having to find £13,281 on average for this reason, a report by Lloyds Bank revealed earlier this year*.Read more

162015Feb pound notes

Baby boomers cash in their gains

For the post-war generation popularly called ‘the baby boomers’, their house has been their soundest investment. House prices have, over long run averages, consistently climbed for decades and today the baby boomers have the option of turning to lifetime mortgages to cash in on these historic gains.Read more