The reality is that children are getting fatter because they live in a society that encourages weight gain and obesity. Poor diet has become a feature of our children's lives, with junk food more readily available, and food manufacturers bombarding children with their marketing every day for food and drinks that are extremely bad for their health.
Now I have reached that point in my life when I try to remember what it was like to watch one daughter see off all-comers at netball, and the other complete her gymnastics routine in a packed hall. The memories are there, because there were rare occasions when I did tear myself away from work. But they are not as sharp as I would like, perhaps because my mind was often on other things, my mobile phone clutched tightly in my hand.
To fully meet the different needs of boys and girls it would require us to adjust the schooling system, not to locate the problem in the children themselves. We have understood that about girls needs in education, thanks to the feminist movement but who is working on behalf of boys to prevent them from being problematised?
A child who is mentally 12-14 months old in a four-year-old's body is normal to us. But it's difficult for others to understand when his disabilities are - at first - invisible. Because he appears to them to be a typical four-year-old boy. I suppose, apart from the occasional what ifs, this is the hardest part. When other people get it, it's truly a real tonic.
I've heard the phrase many times now, mostly hurled at Mums as an insult, and I think it's vastly unfair. A 'helicopter parent' who hovers over their child to make sure they are ok. Err... Isn't that what we're supposed to do? Fair play to you if you have the confidence in your kid to navigate everything themselves, but if it's ok with you I think I'm just gonna stay right here.
We all remember our days at school - our teachers, our friends, the moment the bell rang for break time. As children it's where we spend most of our time, the place where we build not only our academic skills but our knowledge of life and how to live it. But for some children and young people this experience is not quite the same.
Imagine the scene. A parent and a young child wait for a bus. For ten minutes, they talk about where they are going, why the bus is late before distracting themselves by spotting the number of blue cars on the road. Vans don't count, but minibuses do.
In Sierra Leone, fashion designer Jenneh Mason is best known for frocks and fashion shows. She also dreams of public playgrounds, lots of them, dotted all across the country bringing safe places to play for children who are unlikely to have ever seen one, imagined one or even understand the concept of safe play.
During the past two months there's been a flurry of negative reports about primary school tests, from parents keeping their children off school in protest, to headteachers considering resignation following the SATS results. Meanwhile, children are stuck in the middle and can become confused and stressed over the pressure of revision and exam results.
In the past week, social media in Indonesia has been buzzing with news of a student who filed a criminal lawsuit against his teacher for pinching him....
When it comes to pass-remarkable comments to do with my parenting, I've tended to let them go in the past (okay, I'll admit I may have fetched my imaginary voodoo doll once or twice...). Let's be honest, pretty much all parents encounter them every so often, be it for giving in to a tantrum "too easily" or co-sleeping on a bad night.
So I'm not a Mum. I'm sorry if that makes me inadequate. To the considerable relief of everyone who knows me, I'm never going to want to run the country. But if a woman who isn't a mother wants to try it: then be that as it May.
Andrea Leadsom thinks that being a Mummy will make her a better Prime Minister, than Theresa May, who is a non-Mummy Maybe. Or maybe someone a journ...
So, Nicky Morgan is to push ahead with her choice of OFSTED Chief Inspector, despite the misgivings of the Parliamentary Select Committee chaired by h...
Summer holidays. Two words which can evoke a variety of emotions. For teachers, a giddy sense of relief. For parents, the all too common clutch of dread mixed with guilt. For kids, pure thrill - hazy days stretch out before them, 6 weeks feeling like an eternity.
When the children break up, the contents of my purse seem to just disappear! School holidays are expensive with childcare, entertainment, buying new uniform and now, according to recent reports, the average family food shop doubles over the six week break! Children love to snack and having them at home for every meal soon increases the food bill...