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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Bullying: What can parents do?

Bullying. Nothing’s worse than learning that your child is being bullied. What can we as parents do to prevent it? How can you support your kid, especially as when they get older the levels of peril they face and the ways in which they handle them can result in serious harm?

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  • Stop & Search is a massive fear for some parents

Stop & Search is a massive fear for some parents

At around 10 years of age our kids present us with a question most parents dread. “When can I go out to the shops on my own?” But what I’ve found since starting this website three years ago, is that for some parents it’s more scary than for others. For non-white

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  • More twaddle talked about anorexia

More twaddle talked about anorexia

I was so narked to pick up the Sunday Times this morning, to see a well respected broadcaster being quoted as saying that anorexia in young people is about narcissism or self love. What a load of twaddle. So many people would love for that to be the case as

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Is This Depressing?

Is This Depressing?

Recently, I’ve realized my daughter isn’t quite the same. Her enthusiasm for things just isn’t there. For a while, I blamed teenage angst. Right? I mean all teens go through that. In fact, that tends to lead into their twenties, really. Stupid teenagers. But… something continued to nag at me.

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