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My Friend Cayla doll

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
Mixed mushroom and taleggio quiche

Easy quiches

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Delicious recipes for relaxed weekend lunches

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
baby cries

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
father with a baby

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
pregnant woman with a glass of wine

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.
a child with a juce

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

Pussy power! How to make your cat do what you want

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Scientists concluded this week that cats are as clever as dogs. Behaviour expert Dr Sarah Ellis explains how to use their intelligence to fix common feline problems