FROM THE EDITOR
They say Christmas is a time for families, but for many, the intense contact with their nearest and dearest at this time of year is a source of misery rather than joy. Rates of divorce see their biggest spike after the holidays, while the fallout from festive family dramas can fester long after the trimmings have been put away. This week, we’ve consulted the experts to help you tackle potential family tension before it gets a chance to strike.
On page 4, we examine some of the classic clashes between mums-and daughters-in-law that seem heightened all the more at this time of year. And, crucially, how you can help get your point across while strengthening – rather than damaging – your relationship with your in-laws in the long term.
We also shine a light on your closest relationship – with your partner. Seasonal stress has a way of bringing all your partner’s annoying habits and all your niggling doubts to the surface. So before you find yourself hurtling towards the New Year and what family lawyers dub ‘divorce month’, be sure to read our feature on page 6.
Elsewhere in this issue, we look at the latest trend making waves in the cosmetic- surgery world – the foot makeover. ‘Cinderella surgery’ covers everything from foot fillers to toe lifts. Get the lowdown on page 12. Have a great week!