• Grandparent Power 25 Mar 16

    My parents’ home, for years clear of the paraphernalia of young family life, is once again brimming with high-chairs, nappies, miniature cars and brightly coloured cutlery. With four grandchildren... Read More

  • A Look at Life: Online Quizzes 16 Oct 15

    I’m going to blame it on having a teenager in the house, but I confess I completed one of those online quizzes the other day. You know – the type that purports to tell you your favourite cupcake... Read More

  • 'Til Streaming Do Us Part 4 Sep 15

    When Elizabeth II was crowned queen in 1953, it was a revolutionary moment – and not just in royal history. With the ceremony broadcast live from Westminster Abbey, it marked Britain’s first major... Read More

  • The Great Gift Debate 5 Jun 15

    In the midst of planning your big day it’s all too easy for the subject of wedding presents to slip ever further down the To Do list, especially if you’ve already set up home together and... Read More

  • Go With The Flow 22 May 15

    A policeman recently pulled over and knocked on my friend’s car windscreen. She was stationary at traffic lights but still she got a fixed penalty fine, despite her protestations that she was no... Read More

  • When Kids Rule The Roost 13 Feb 15

    It’s safe to say that my generation – the 30-somethings – have transformed parenting beyond recognition… and not in a good way. The results are plain to see in your local supermarket... Read More

  • On The Home Front 30 Jan 15

    A few months ago I received a call from a lady who was trying to navigate one of the most complicated periods of her life. Her 87 year old mother, a bright independent woman who had been living... Read More

  • Realistic Resolutions 2 Jan 15

    Unfortunately, keeping to an early bedtime – or speedily sailing off to the land of nod – is harder than it sounds. Still, says Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council, “small changes can have a huge... Read More

  • Love Me, Love My Kids 11 Dec 14

    To blend: ‘To mix smoothly and inseparably together’. It’s a definition that works fine on the Great British Bake Off but in a family, the risk of curdling is a genuine concern. The trouble... Read More

  • A Family Occasion 5 Sep 14

    No sooner is the engagement announced than the tricky matter of assembling the guest list looms into view. Should you invite the aunt you haven’t seen since you were 12? What about the cousin that... Read More

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