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Swearing In Front Of Children – Bovvered?

There comes a point when your child begins to repeat everything they hear you say.  Every single word.  Suddenly the joy of celebrating their development becomes a test of remembering to spell out words you don’t want them to understand.  Like b-i-s-c-u-i-t-s.  Or b-e-d-t-i-m-e. And then there are words you just don’t want to ever …

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Pushchair Etiquette – Should Buggy Users Expect Help On Public Transport?

A young woman alights from a train at Kentish Town Overground Station at around 12.30pm.  She is dressed in a trench coat, smart shoes and trousers and striding with purpose, but not visibly in a hurry. As she approaches the steep steps up to the footbridge she notices another youngish woman waiting expectantly at the …

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The Great Parents Bake Off – Do You HAVE To Make Your Own Child’s Birthday Cake?

As demonstrated by a popular television show, there are some people in this world for whom baking is a natural talent.  But for others, our sponges always sink, our bottoms end up soggy, and any attempts to create a child's fantasy favourite in fondant form are doomed to failure. Baking is a science which requires …

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He, She, Or It? The Unspoken Child Gender Controversy

My daughter has befriended a baby in the park and I feel like I am hovering at the top of an enormous slide, not sure whether to plunge ahead or tip toe back down the steps.  The child could be anything between nine and 14 months, it is dressed in orange trousers and a blue-green …

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Fashion Week Special: 6 Reasons Leggings Will Never Go Out Of Style

Casting my eye over my wardrobe in the mornings, sometimes I linger on a favourite dress or elegant skirt. Then my sense of reason takes over any sensibilities I may have about looking stylish and I pick-up and pull-on a trusty pair of black leggings. For a while I felt I had let myself go …

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5 Secret Ways To Calm A Frazzled Mummy Mind – Don’t Let Them Pass You By

When your sleep is deprived, you struggle to be alone even to go to the loo and constant demands are being yelled at you, day and night, it can be hard to find time to practice anything like mindfulness. But amidst the chaos that is parenting small children, there may be moments that you can …

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That’s Mine! – Why NOT To Teach Your Child To Share

"Share Mummy?", my toddler asks pleadingly with her head on one side. "Please?"  She is holding a plastic spoon smeared with semi-cemented Weetabix, thrusting it towards me as she eyes my bowl of muesli, a somewhat forced grimace plastered on her face, which she believes to be appealing.  "What you actually are asking me to …

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