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The road to Rouen

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The holidays have begun slightly earlier than anticipated because daughters two and three decided to wake up at 3.30am to watch Genie in the House. This is becoming a bit of a holiday ritual. We also wanted to get away early due to the predicted problems at Dover, which failed to surface so we arrived […]


Summer activities with children

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Looking for things to do with the kids this summer? In the UK you have to have a range of options that cover all weather eventualities, as the past weekend showed. It’s all too easy to rely on tv and computer games, but a website called Unbored, net provides creative ideas for everything your children […]


We will rock you

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It has to be said that Westfield Stratford Shopping City would not be my venue of choice for a birthday meal, but this year my 71st coincided with a trip to the UK by my stepson who my daughter and I haven’t seen since his 21st birthday – he’s now nearly 51. It was his […]


16 hours in a car with four kids…

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We’re off on holiday. Sixteen hours in a car with four kids and 16 hours with no wi-fi and no possibility of receiving email. Hooray. It could in fact be longer than 16 hours given the problems in Dover and Calais and news that the French farmers are blockading the borders. It feels more like […]


Jobless figures ‘underestimate number of women who want to work’

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Official figures used by government underplay the number of women seeking work, according to a TUC analysis. The TUC analysis of Labour Force Survey (LFS) data from the Office for National Statistics headline says unemployment figures only cover people who have very recently applied for a new job and are immediately available to start, and […]


Raising girls

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When I was a little girl, my imagination would look forward to the future, to being a mum, having a family, everything being perfect. The sun would be shining, my family would be full of smiles and giggles and we would all skip through fields holding hands as if from a scene from Little House […]


Gender attitudes become more traditional after birth of first child

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When their first child is born, men and women grow more traditional in their gender attitudes towards mothering, as well as about who does housework and caregiving, according to a new study. The study of nearly 1,800 new parents led by Janeen Baxter, Professor and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for […]


From discrimination to a more equal playing field

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The last week has seen a mixed bag of news. On the one hand, Laura Kuenssberg became the first female politics editor of BBC News in a field of candidates which, if reports are to be believed, was dominated by women. Rachel Treweek was also consecrated as Bishop of Gloucester, becoming the Church of England’s […]


54,000 women ‘forced out of jobs’ due to pregnancy

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Around 54,000 new mothers may be forced out of their jobs in Britain each year, according to a report on maternity discrimination from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Their report is based on a survey of over 3,200 women, in which 11% of the women interviewed reported having been dismissed, made compulsorily redundant where […]


Living the holiday schedule

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The great switchover has happened. Gone are those term-time days of daytime working. In their place, the holiday schedule, which tends to involve early mornings and late nights. Fortunately, daughter one is old enough to babysit. The only problem is she sleeps until 1pm. Fortunately, my mum is nearby. One way or another things get […]


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