• Why having a kitten is like having a baby
  • Why having a kitten is like having a baby
  • Why having a kitten is like having a baby
  • Why having a kitten is like having a baby

Why having a kitten is like having a baby

Should you get a pet? The other week, I bought my husband a kitten. A chance detour and visit to a pet shop in Thornton Heath, South London, with my Mum, and out we walk with a four-month old kitten. Black as petrol, sweet as treacle. From her cell-like cupboard in

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  • You’ll be scared to let your kid out after this book. With reason!

You’ll be scared to let your kid out after this book. With reason!

Have you read The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty? Without any spoilers, it’s the unputadownable tale of three families woven around the same secret. A road accident and the strangling of a teenager take the characters into a place where secrets abound, but only one really matters. Set in Melbourne

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  • MTV are looking for young people who live in messy rooms!

MTV are looking for young people who live in messy rooms!

Are you a parent in the US who constantly nags your child to clean up their room?  Is their room full of junk, clutter, old clothes and litter? Does their roommate or boyfriend or girlfriend complain that they live like a slob? If this sounds like someone that you know then please get in touch

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  • Meet Benjamin a bath toy who can help you shed pounds

Meet Benjamin a bath toy who can help you shed pounds

How do you stay trim? Do bath toys play a part in your healthy eating regime? Let me introduce you to our bath toy and dieting aid, Benjamin. Our kids are teenagers, so none of us is playing with him in the suds – however fetching he looks in his

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“There’s a stranger in my kid’s bedroom and no-one cares”

“There’s a stranger in my kid’s bedroom and no-one cares”

The police have to start listening to people. When Lorin LaFave told the police one of her son Breck Bednar’s virtual friends – that disembodied voice you hear as your child plays Fifa or other online game over the internet with a fellow gamer – was grooming him and changing

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Glug, slurp, “Hughie”. Binge drinking is out of hand

Glug, slurp, “Hughie”. Binge drinking is out of hand

This is Penny Doff (or P.Doff’s) regular place for a rant about being the parent of a teenager and a middle-aged person. Got something you want Penny to rant about? Tell her what makes you furious, below. Someone please tell me they have a teenager who doesn’t drink. I like

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How to stop nagging your kids

After a case of reader’s block (where you can’t find anything you want to read) I picked Difficult Conversations by Anne Dickson off the shelf in our living room at random. Published in 2004, it has been sitting there for ten years with our uni books which had at least

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Why I hit the bottle this week

Shock on the scales! I have lost three pounds without dieting. Let me tell you how, as this is miraculous for me and might work for you if you need it to. Fat clings to me like cladding to an old boiler. For years, it hasn’t mattered what I’ve done,

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The middle classes’ best kept secret

My Dad was asking the other day why our son was staying on for A Levels. He wondered if a 17 year old should be getting a job given the high rates of graduate unemployment. Good question. So I told him about the shocking truth I discovered when I went

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Let’s teach teens how to handle their emotions

Every now and again you see a newspaper report on a kid who has topped him or herself. It’s every parent’s nightmare. The worst, the worst, the worst. I just went to look up the one I saw in the press this week on Google to illustrate my point, and

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