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The spring garden makeover guide

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The latest floral and furnishing trends for your backyard

Сan a 15-year-old look after a six-year-old alone?

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This summer, I’m going to do something I’ve never done before: something I’m both nervous and excited about. I had to find out if it was legal

Calls to ban doll that ‘spies’ on children

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She is the smart, talking doll that “you can talk to like a real friend”. According to child safety campaigners, however, My Friend Cayla may also be

Teenage girls need “other mothers” as mentors

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Daughters can be deaf to maternal wisdom — so we need female mentors to help raise them

It’s a protective instinct to snoop on our kids, but we risk losing their trust

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Time to confess my guilty maternal secret: I am a sneaky snoop. I’m so desperate to know what is going on in my teens’ lives that I

Britain is a nation full of cry-babies, scientists reveal

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Babies cry more in Britain than almost anywhere else in the industrialised world, research has shown. Newborn children in Canada, the UK and Italy topped a survey

Paternity leave — use it or lose it

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Men should be offered “use it or lose it” father’s leave, paid at a generous rate, to ensure they take off a substantial amount of time with

Telling mothers-to-be not to drink ‘is wrong’

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Official advice to abstain from alcohol during pregnancy is overly cautious and sexist, academics claim.

Pregnant women still denied scans

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A lack of access to crucial ultrasound scans for pregnant women across Ireland has not improved in more than a decade, a study has found.

Toddlers in juice ban as nurseries tackle obesity

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Fruit juice will be banned as a routine drink for children in nurseries under new guidelines. Recommended menus will aim to cut the sugar consumption of toddlers