• 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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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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  • Fifty Shades of Mayhem: Meet the audience

Fifty Shades of Mayhem: Meet the audience

Going to see Fifty Shades of Grey? Prepare for the daftest trip to the cinema in a long time. “I’ve booked us to see Fifty Shades of Grey for our Valentine’s treat,” said my husband. “What’s it about?” Now it’s fair to say that he’s not on top of trends

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The indignity of it all

When you have kids, things you would never previously have entertained as being something that a decent human being should have to tolerate on a daily basis become par for the course, endlessly repeated until you are a shred of your former self. These are the undignified things that should

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Hopelessly (un)devoted to you

I had a little moment of revelation recently, while stroking the golden head of my dog, his soppy eyes gazing at me in utter rapture. He will do anything to be near me, whatever I’m doing, whatever mood I’m in, however crap I feel or look, he just wants to

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Lies, damn lies and teenagers

Do you remember the days when your kids were biddable, easily bundled into a car for a day trip, could be bribed to do anything with sweets or Lego, still occasionally listened to what you said, and didn’t call you a “nob’ed” or reply “your mum” to every question, plea,

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Puppy SOS – I’m not the only one

There’s this great new TV show from the US on some channel or other, appropriately entitled Puppy SOS. If you have a puppy, you are bound to have had a puppy emergency/times of general desperation, and Brad and his magical touch with these mentalist pups is a revelation to the

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Vile creatures

I’ve written at desperate length about how Baxter the pup has lots in common with a psychotic toddler with shark’s teeth, but as he’s grown I’ve noticed him change. He’s still crazy and random, but he’s added more strings to his unpredictable bow. I can see now that teenagers and

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Teenager walks dog?

Sunday morning rolls around again and I reluctantly lift my head from the pillow. Then realise – Yessss. Sunday is the day that my eldest boy gets up and gives the puppy his breakfast then takes him for a walk so that his dad and me can have a luscious

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Grudge Match

Grudge Match

The other day, I noticed something different. “Hi Sweety!” “Hey…” she mumbled under furrowed brows. “Hmm…” I thought, “That’s funny. What did I do? What did I do?” See, my daughter isn’t really one to hold a bad day against everyone she meets. She’s also not the type to act

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