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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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Childhood Obesity: Why Are Physical Activity Programmes In Schools Not Working?

A third of children in the UK are overweight or obese by the time they reach primary school. Many other countries are facing the...
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I Confronted Man Who Shouted At Me For Carrying My Cancer-Suffering Daughter

We're all guilty of it. We scroll through Facebook and see 12 kids trapped in a cave, someone who's lost a loved one in...

Should You Train Your Baby Like A Dog?

Despite calls to cancel the programme, Channel 4 in the UK aired a new documentary “Train Your Baby Like a Dog” this week. To...
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‘Our Kids Seem To Hate Each Other’ – Why It’s Good For Siblings To...

Earlier this morning, my children were at it again – screaming at the top of their lungs and fighting over something completely mundane, such...
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6 Things You Shouldn’t Say To An Overdue Pregnant Woman

At first, you love pretty much everything about pregnancy. Even morning sickness can be exciting at the start - proof of the new life...

Curious Kids: What Is Fire?

What is fire? – Lyra, age seven, Oxford, UK Thanks for the question, Lyra. What is fire? Well, basically, fire is light and heat that...

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