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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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When Parents Play Favourites, What Happens To The Kids?

Many siblings, when they get together as adults, joke about which child was loved the most. But is it really a joke or is...
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Curious Kids: Are Zombies Real?

Are zombies real? – James, aged 8, Sydney, Australia There are lots of TV shows about zombies. Most of them are for older people and...
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‘My Child Is A Bully – What Do I Do?’

As a parent, there are few subjects more likely to fire up our emotions than bullying. The thought of someone hurting your child, physically...

Don’t Let Your Kids Leave Home Without Knowing These 3 Staple Recipes

I always told my kids they weren’t allowed to leave home until they could cook themselves a decent meal for every day of the...

8 Reasons Why October Babies Are Super Cool

We associate October with scuffing through the falling leaves, misty mornings, cosy evenings at home, and – of course – Halloween parties. It’s the...
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3 Family Reunion Ideas For The Perfect Family Get Together

Family reunions are always an interesting time. For some family members, they’re rare opportunities to build memories and grow closer to relatives. For others,...

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