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How Parents Fail To Follow Their Own Advice

“You’re sunburned,” said my daughter, accusingly. “Your face is really red.” “I know,” I replied. “It’s from the boat trip I went on. Didn’t top...

Why Sorry Shouldn’t Be The Hardest Word

When many of us were young, we thought of our parents as superheroes. They weren’t just people that had started life as kids like...

Confession: How I Forgave My Mum For Her Emotional Abuse

“You know,” said my therapist, leaning forward slightly, “you could see that as emotional abuse.” Emotional abuse. The term felt right, somehow. At 29, sitting...

Confession: Why My Husband Is The Father Of His Brother’s Children

My two daughters look very like their cousins. Nobody is surprised; my husband, Steven, and his brother, Alan, also look very much alike. But...

8 Top Quirky Parenting Tips

Life’s weird. The trials and tribulations of raising kids are even weirder. I subscribe to the “whatever works for you” philosophy;  after all, parenting...

6 Great Strategies For Parenting Your Adult Children

As our kids get older, our relationship with them inevitably alters. They are now independent, our equals, with their own lives. Adapting to the...

7 Wonderful Things I Did Before I Had Kids

Do you ever look back at those hazy days before the kids came along, when you could please yourselves? When life didn’t revolve around...

I Still Miss Him Sometimes But I’m Glad My Husband Is...

It was the speed with which John died that stunned me. He'd felt tired and under the weather, and I told him to go and...

Les Enfants Not-So-Terrible – 4 Reasons Why French Children Are So...

How we raise our children to become well-rounded, pleasant and useful members of society is one of our prime concerns as parents. We...

Are Holidays With Kids Really Worth The Hassle?

School’s out for summer, and with it comes front page news of a country gripped by travel chaos as the UK jets off for...

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5 Things Grownups Expect Kids To Do But Don’t Do Themselves

How does it work in your home? Do you set the example for your kids, making sure you follow the guidelines you put in...
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We Found Out My Baby Girl Needed A Prosthetic Eye – But Only Because...

Childbirth was a beautiful experience for me. But from the moment I cradled Scarlett in my arms after her first bath, we...
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8 Funniest Parenting Tweets Of The Week

Hey parents, how are you doing? Isn’t it exhausting pretending that you have it all together when you haven’t washed your hair in a...

The Grey Area – 8 Things Not To Say Or Do When Someone Has...

It’s been more than 18 months since we said goodbye to Amelia. In that time, I’ve learned a lot about myself and the people...
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Which One Is Yours? How To Work Out Your Baby’s Temperament

“My girls are so different,” a friend told me recently. “Maddie is so placid – nothing phases her, and she’s so smiley. Charlotte...

Learning Another Language Should Be Compulsory In Every School

In the 1960s, in our public schools in California along the border with Mexico, Spanish language-learning was a requirement, beginning in sixth grade. I...

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