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Over half of parents say that families are not as close as they used to be

Over half of parents say that families are not as close as they used to be

Speaking at ITV’s ‘Family Planning’ event, Mintel’s Senior Trends Consultant Richard Cope reveals new research which shows parents believe family ties in the UK have reached a new low, with many struggling to find the time or money to spend on family activities.

Wedding bells ‘ring up’

Research from Sainsbury’s Bank into the cost of a wedding has revealed that couples who have married in the past five years claim to have spent on average £13,200 on their wedding, and those younger hitchers aged between 18-34, who are more likely to be first-timers are spending an average of £21,109.

Kids spend just 8 hours a week playing outdoors

Kids spend just 8 hours a week playing outdoors

Children are spending just eight hours a week playing outside – compared to the two days their grandparents enjoyed in the great outdoors, a new study reveals.

Playground pressure sees parents spend nearly £350 to kit the kids out for school

Parents’ purses may have taken a hit over the recent school holidays, but there is now one more cost to plan for.

Peer pressure costing parents £6 billion a year

Nearly half of parents (48%) feel compelled to make ‘peer-pressured parental purchases’ for their children such as smartphones, fashionable clothing and expensive parties, according to research from Sainsbury’s Bank.

Brits value their photos and videos more than their car

Brits value their photos and videos more than their car

A third of Brits value their digital photos and videos more than their car, according to new research.

Raising girls pricier than boys

Our children are all priceless, but new research and analysis into the cost of families from Sainsbury’s Bank has found that some children come with a heftier price tag than others.

A guide to wedding entertainment: How to make sure everyone enjoys the big day

Are you looking for ways to wow your guests as much as they’ll be wowed by the bride-to-be’s wedding gown?

A quarter of Brits can’t let go of their ex partner

A quarter of Brits can’t let go of their ex partner

One in four Brits is secretly holding on to something which reminds them of an ex, a study has found.

“I’m not made of money!”: Dad’s biggest ‘Dadisms’ revealed for Father’s Day

“I’m not made of money!”: Dad’s biggest ‘Dadisms’ revealed for Father’s Day

“I’m not made of money!” is the battle cry of the nation’s Dads, topping a poll of the UK’s most common ‘Dadisms.’

How to leave a racehorse in your will

How to leave a racehorse in your will

The racing of thoroughbred horses, is now this country’s second most popular spectator sport, and, according to the Racehorse Owners’ Association, 35,000 people in the UK are now involved in racehorse ownership in some way.

Seven million 'doomerangers' move back with parents following a break up

Over seven million (7.2 million) UK adults have been forced to move back in with their parents following a break up, divorce or separation reveals new research from Churchill Home Insurance.

The dos and don'ts for family gatherings

Gatherings of the extended family can be a daunting experience. You have everyone from great granny and granddad, distant aunts and uncles and little ones to please. Large property lettings agent, thebigdomain.com, shares its top tips for a successful soiree.

Families spend less than 40 minutes a day together

Families spend less than 40 minutes a day together

Modern families enjoy just 38 minutes of quality time together on the average weekday, a study has found.

Graduate schemes: the perfect career path after graduation

There’s a time, perhaps at the start of the third year at university, that graduates start to think about life after their studies, and the big, bad world of employment.