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Peppa and George Will Now Battle to the Death

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

There are many aspects of parenting which you can't be taught. In fact almost all parenting skills can't be taught. There are often decisions to make which have no clear rights or wrongs. You kind of have to feel your way through. Do what seems right, learn from mistakes and adapt it as you go.

Surprise! I Don't Hate Raising My Kids

Jessica Shortall | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

So, fine. I do righteous indignation well - just ask my sister for examples from the zero to twenty years period, and my husband can take over from there. But this argument has been made, and made pretty well.

It's Just Stuck on Mum!

Jane Lythell | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Lythell

My daughter Amelia and I are very close and she was the dearest child from nought to thirteen. When she hit her teens I sometimes wondered if an alien had infiltrated the body of my sweet cuddly girl. Tantrums became part of our life.

Another Day, Another White Knuckle Ride For Mum

Janey Jones | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Janey Jones

When you live with three teenagers, you are always the first in bed. You are programmed to sit up trance-like at 2am, jump out of bed and do a check of bodies in beds - and, if bodies are missing, conduct the same check hourly thereafter. This was a shock - a return to broken nights from the exhausting days of Baby-has-a-cold.

The Beauty of Rearing Children in the Hardest of Times

Adrian Millar | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

My wife rings me. "I've been shopping, and we've only 200 Euros left to do us till my pay comes in a week from now." "What? 200?" I'm in shock. I leave my friend's house and return home. I check the fridge to see how much food we have and how much we'll need.

Dreading the Three 'D's - As a Mother

Janey Jones | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Janey Jones

As I have three sons and yet write for girls, lots of people say - 'How funny!" But having sons doesn't make a girly girl more boyish. However, it has helped me to understand boys more, certainly. My findings on boys are thus: boys act indifferent when they really care a lot.

Is Blogging Really Fair On My Children?

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Do I continue writing and posting online? Do I stop and wait until they are old enough to give their consent? Do I keep writing but keep it to myself so it's there for them to read in the future and share with only those who they wish? I don't really know what is best.

The Generation Game

Caragh Little | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

In a visit marked mainly by quietness and enquiring looks, I spent part of the Easter weekend with an older relative who struggles to connect the adult I've become with the child she'd always known. In her mind, I'm still away at university - fixed forever in a time which, in her mind, defines me.

Three Whole Days With the Mother-In-Law...Happy Easter

Malminder Gill | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

Try to see the best in her -Your mother in laws intentions are probably positive but these may be heavily disguised in negative comments, actions and judgements. Maybe she is a little jealous of you and her son, maybe she is jealous of your youth or anxious for you to like her.

Five Ways To Spend The Easter Weekend With Your Family

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

Parents, beware - because this is also the season of chores, DIY and Spring Cleaning. With the remaining long weekend upon us, what is the best way for families to free up their time so that they can spend quality time together?

Top 10 Things to Do With Children in London

Ceri Tinley | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Tinley

There are so many things for children to see and do when visiting London; it's sometimes hard to know where to start, especially if you are only in town for a few days. Perhaps our handy hints might help you decide...

Create Some Time This Easter Weekend

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

When you are both working, and you have children - plus maybe a commute or children's activities to get to, by the time working parents get home at the end of a long day, there is precious little energy left to tackle the laundry basket, clean up after the dog and cook a fresh meal from scratch.

I Agree With David: Why the Camerons' Decision to Holiday in Lanzarote Is a Good One

Sarah Ebner | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Ebner

The Prime Minister has chosen Lanzarote for his holiday break - how very wise of him. Despite its "lanzagrotty" associations, this Canary Island is perfect for families and has loads to do.

Stop TOUCHING Me

Jessica Shortall | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Shortall

Sometimes I don't want them to touch me. Not, like, not EVER. But there are some times - a moment, a minute, an hour - when I really think I'll just take leave of my sanity if someone touches me. I think breastfeeding has a lot to do with this.

My Transgender Transition: Coming Out to Family and Friends

Jayden Ray Billington | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jayden Ray Billington

Coming out as trans to my friends and family was both the easiest and the hardest thing I have ever faced. I had touched upon the subject with two friends in a light hearted manner to see what their reaction would be a few months prior to 'coming out' but I was not ready to fully engage with them the depths of how I felt or how serious I truly was...

A Diary of a Mum-to-be: The Third Trimester

Louisa Daniels | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

The pre-labour cramps, unbelievable pelvic pressure and lack of sleep that has dominated the last two weeks, is only overpowered by the intense excitement that I feel toward meeting the little person that has made my body his home for most of the past year.

The Little Girl That Nobody Wanted

Rosie Waterland | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Waterland

I'm sorry that when the DOCS ladies dropped us off at Grandma's, you weren't allowed to stay because you were too much for her to cope with. I can't imagine how awful it must have been to watch your sisters get smaller and smaller in the distance as you were driven away in a car you didn't recognise.

Sixteen Easy Ways to Annoy Pregnant Women

Caroline Thain | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Thain

Whenever we grow too exhausted to beat ourselves up with obligatory innate society-taught mummy guilt, we can be certain Another Mother will do it for us. My childless non-pregnant peers don't, nor do men. It's women with at least one kid.

Is 50 Too Old to Have a Baby?

Jessica Hepburn | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Hepburn

Last week, health ministers revealed that the number of women giving birth over the age of 50 had more than doubled in the past five years. On average three babies are now being born to women in their 50s every week.

School Places: Everyone Only Wants the Best for Their Children Right?

Francesca Richards-Spiller | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Francesca Richards-Spiller

Defining children according to wealth or merit in specific subjects sits very uncomfortably with me. What about supporting kids' interests, building on enthusiasm? What about maintaining friendships between kids of different social backgrounds rather than keeping them in separate worlds? Isn't it heartbreaking when children are separated from their best friends...

Old and Wise...and Beautiful

Juliet Simmons | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Juliet Simmons

What is age - often it's little more than a number. You can be old and young at heart or young and staid. As the beautiful women in my life have shown me, age doesn't define whether someone is smart, beautiful, interesting or worth spending time with.

Mothers on Their Phones: A Defence

Kiran Chug | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

In internet forums, on news story comment boards, and of course on social media, there has been no holding back from those that have decided that Zara Phillips is a bad mother because she was concentrating on her phone while also feeding her baby.

The Trouble With Men and Cancer

Robert Ince | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Ince

Let's face it, men are rubbish at talking seriously about their health. Other than sporadically airing my own health-related neuroses, my own previous form on serious cancer talk is questionable. Other than a mere cursory chat to a friend about his mother's breast cancer diagnosis, it's probably zero.

ADHD - Why One Parent Chose to Medicate

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

As parents we make choices, doing the best we can with what information we have. A century ago doctors thought PMT was hysteria and dyslexia stupidity. Things change and if I made the wrong choice for my child I will answer for that in the future, but only to him.

Five Incredible Things That Motherhood Has Taught Me (That I Wish I Knew Before)

Saskia Lee Stewart | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Saskia Lee Stewart

My family has always been filled with an extraordinary amount of love... but becoming a mummy helped me to see that LOVE is number one when it comes to impacting a life. Love is simply awesome. It is a safety net for the human soul.