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Elaine McLaren

Elaine McLaren
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Elaine McLaren is a 40-something mum of an 11-year-old PS4-obsessed boy (who also happens to be a talented singer, drummer and trumpeter), and an athletic 8-year-old girl who loves to dance. When she’s not ferrying children around, Elaine writes features for the national newspapers and magazines in the UK.

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There was an advert on television some years ago aimed at persuading parents to stop smoking. A dad sat on a park bench, a...
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I Taught My Son An Invaluable Life Skill – This Is How I Did...

We taught our son to manage money at 13. By 19, Joe had saved up enough for ticket to Australia. He’s been home twice...

9 Weird Pregnancy Food Cravings You Won’t Want To Try

Why do women get pregnancy food cravings? Theories range from the body needing more of a specific nutrient to it simply being down to...
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How Temperament Influences Your Parenting Style

Everyone is different. Some people like noise and activity; others prefer quiet and solitude. One child might be calm and placid, while their sibling might...
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My Child Has Down Syndrome – And She’s The Best Thing To Happen To...

My husband Stephen and I had been trying for a baby for seven or eight years, but nothing was happening. I needed a baby;...
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‘My Dad, Wild At Heart’

My father hated the word Dad and preferred us to call him ‘Daddy’ even when we were grownup with our own children. ‘Mum’ was...

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