It’s over too quickly! But you don’t know it at the time

It’s over too quickly! But you don’t know it at the time

If you have little kids, it seems like forever that you’ll again enjoy a lie-in, a quiet meal with nothing spilled or thrown, or a week day evening without driving someone to Scouts, Brownies or Karate where while you’re waiting you try your luck with vending machines and making small talk with

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  • The first cut: What can you do?

The first cut: What can you do?

Self harm through cutting is a common and growing phenomenon. Having spoken to parents, a post-‘cutter’ teenage girl and others, I want to share what I’m hearing. Please share this and your experiences. How you’ll feel: Cutting is horrifying for parents, and we don’t have much experience of it from our

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Five Go Gluten Free: A review

Five Go Gluten Free: A review

Did you receive it or buy it? Anyone who’s unlucky enough to have had IBS, celiac (coeliac) disease or a persistent bloaty belly and has decided to no longer eat wheat, will have received this book ‘Enid Blyton Five Go Gluten Free’. They’ll get it for Christmas or Hanukkah, and

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  • Five rules for every Box set lover

Five rules for every Box set lover

OK, admit it. When your kids were young, you worried that they watched too much TV. But is it possible that us parents are now watching just a tad too much of our favourite Box sets? I confess that my other half and I are half way through The Good Wife.

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Are you a Replacement Child? How did it affect your life?

On a foggy January afternoon in 1952, American Airlines flight 6780 crashed into the Mandel family’s apartment building  in Elizabeth, New Jersey. It killed more than 30 people, including 22 on board the plane. Linda Mandel who was just 2 would survive but be badly burned. Her 7-year old sister Donna

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Oh gawd Apple! Not airpods, we remember the days of pricey headphones

Oh gawd Apple! Not airpods, we remember the days of pricey headphones

Remember when the prices of fancy phones came down, and we could actually do stuff on them – watch films, play games, buy boys’ pants whilst travelling on a train – without the constant circle of hell buffering us at every turn? The trouble was, that a few years ago

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  • What parents should know about Pokemon Go

What parents should know about Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is the latest craze, allowing the player to find Pokemon creatures and capture them in his or her area using a mobile phone. A brilliant tangle of App wizardry and GPS, Pokemon Go is being taken up by millions of kids and big kids (i.e. adults). The game works like

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  • Are you always driving your teenage around? TV pilot is casting

Are you always driving your teenage around? TV pilot is casting

TV pilot is looking for families who drive their big kids to lots of places.

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Let’s Take the Parent Out of Parenting

Let’s Take the Parent Out of Parenting

There’s a video stumbling around the Facebooks recently encouraging the teaching of Life Skills in school. It lays down statistics that 30% of college kids can’t boil an egg. My college kid CAN boil an egg. The paleo friendly cacao and almond butter cups in the freezer tell me cooking

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  • How to survive the exams

How to survive the exams

If you’ve got kids doing exams – and who hasn’t, exams tend to start in the womb these days with a series of questions posed to the foetus on the nature of amniotic fluid and the benefit of muscle development from lying in the breach position – you, too, are probably

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