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Just how feasible is a ‘good divorce’? After her marriage broke down, former barrister Laura Rosefield found a gap in the market Laura Rosefield is as a “divorce consultant”, and her services are in high demand

Marriage over? You need ‘the divorce doula’

Just how feasible is a ‘good divorce’? After her marriage broke down, former barrister Laura Rosefield found a gap in the market Laura Rosefield is as a “divorce consultant”, and her services are in high demand

Georges Simenon, author of the Maigret novels, was one of history’s great lotharios. Starting at the age of he claimed to have slept with women, but declared himself unfulfilled. Helmut Newton, Calm Down, Families, Novels, Parenting, Happiness, Author, Relationship, Age

Calm down, the happiest lovers have sex once a week

Georges Simenon, author of the Maigret novels, was one of history’s great lotharios. Starting at the age of 13, he claimed to have slept with 10,000 women, but declared himself unfulfilled. “I

Forget moaning on Mumsnet: a new generation of parents are sharing photos of their idyllic family life – and making a living from it Family Life, Mother Nature, Families, Baby Kids, Parents, Forget, Wonder Woman, Babies, Superhero
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Rise of the instamummy

It was a grey morning in Shepherd’s Bush, west London. Anna Whitehouse, 34, the founder-editor of Mother Pukka – a multimedia platform for “people who happen to be parents” – was pushing her daughter

I am a grown woman with my own children but I still childishly resent her. I resent her because my mother favoured her when we were growing up.

Favouritism spoilt my little sister

My sister (who is three years younger than me) and I are estranged. We do not talk on the telephone and we meet only if one of our parents organises a family get-together, which is rare. I find her

More than a million British men now choose to work part time to spend more time with their children and enjoy a better quality of life. Part Time, British Men, One In A Million, Families, Dads, Parenting, Children, Life, Young Children
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One million dads choose to work part time

A “good job” can be both practically attractive while still not good enough to devote your entire life to, the philosopher Alain de Botton once wrote. It seems that an increasing number of British

"Understanding the History and Pervasive Myths Around Autism" Steve Silberman talks about how Nazi extermination plans and a discredited scientific paper about childhood vaccines shaped our current understanding of autism. Peer Pressure, Problem Solving Skills, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Adult Children, Old Boys, Learn To Read, Parenting Hacks, Parenting Articles, Parenting Quotes

How can we protect our children?

Apart from terrorism, what would you imagine is the biggest challenge facing the police service this century? Astonishing figures revealed by the children’s commissioner today suggest the answer is

Should mothers and daughters be best friends? Three mums/moms and their children tell us their views Daughters, Bff, Mothers, Families, Best Friends, Parenting, Children, Beat Friends, Young Children
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The backlash against BFF mothers (that’s best friends for ever)

It had to happen. And it has. Now parenting has become a profession rather than a condition. Practitioners are being rated and assessed as if we were Uber drivers or provincial hoteliers on

Relatives can only adopt children if bond is strong: Distant relatives will be disqualified from looking after children who could be adopted instead, in an attempt to tackle the plummeting number of youngsters being found permanent new families. Adopting A Child, Bond, Families, Adoption, Parenting, Strong, Number, Canning, Couple Photos
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Relatives can only adopt children if bond is strong

Distant relatives will be disqualified from looking after children who could be adopted instead, in an attempt to tackle the plummeting number of youngsters being found permanent new families. The

The millennial parent rules: work from home, give the kids funny names, take family selfies

The millennial parent rules: work from home, give the kids funny names, take family selfies

“They call us the slash/slash generation,” says Alex Higgs, 31. “We don’t just have one job or career.” Alex herself is a “blogger/social media manager/trend forecaster/mother”. She and fire-fighter

The sex life of a divorcée. Twentysomethings with older women fetishes, fortysomethings with baggage – Sara Brown on what it’s really like getting back in the game

The sex life of a 40 year old divorcée

In an unusual week recently, I went on a date with a 25-year-old and a 52-year-old within a couple of days of each other. The 25-year-old – a rage of hormones with a hangdog expression and Harry

Is your marriage middle-aged? Dreary date nights, lack of sex, matchy-matchy clothes, child-centric lives – when did our relationships become so boring?

Is your marriage middle aged?

None of us likes to think of ourselves as middle-aged any more. Only Keith Richards is desperate to shrug off the eternally rock’n’roll tag and get on with baby-sitting his grandchildren and watching

View top-quality stock photos of Close Up Of Mixed Race Mother Kissing Baby On Forehead. Find premium, high-resolution stock photography at Getty Images. Separation Anxiety, Return To Work, Mom Advice, Baby Boy Rooms, Kiss You, Mom And Baby, Baby Sleep, New Moms, Breastfeeding
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How we were victims of forced adoption

Like any good parent, Jacque Courtnage gives a lot of thought to the gifts she buys her two young sons for their birthdays. Over the years she has bought them such things as telescopes and train sets

No parent intends to raise a spoilt child, says Amy McCready. We do things that they are perfectly capable of doing for themselves, we Spoiled Kids, Selfish, Raising, Families, Parenting, Children, Spoiled Children, Young Children, Boys
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Selfish, disorganised, demanding: Have you raised a spoilt child?

No parent intends to raise a spoilt child, says Amy McCready. “It happens little by little in the name of love, of course. We do things that they are perfectly capable of doing for themselves, we

Signs You're in An Unhappy Marriage - Signs You Should Get A Divorce

‘Never underestimate the pain of divorce. I’ve done it twice’

Like most of life’s great slaps in the face, divorce is seldom welcome. If every wedding is a celebration of hope, every divorce is hope’s grim, unattended funeral. I was divorced for the first time

How to have it all: women need to find domesticated men sexy In The Heights, Sexy Men, Families, Parenting, Women, Women's, Hunks Men, Childcare, Woman

How to have it all: women need to find domesticated men sexy

At the height of her career, Anne-Marie Slaughter walked away from her dream job in Washington because she was unable to reconcile the demands of work and family. A punishing work schedule at the

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Here come the Tiger Tech Moms

How do we make sure our children do not study a humanities subject at university? That is the question for the modern parent. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to study Shakespeare is irrelevant