Driving along the main road the other day, I pulled up at a traffic light and glanced at the big, shiny 4X4 in the next lane. A little boy in the back seat had spotted some colourful flags being hoisted in the forecourt of a car dealership, and he was desperately trying to get his mother to notice the spectacle. You can’t go around handing out ‘bad mother’ awards in […]

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Having adult children is a bonus no-one tells you about when you are knee-deep in hormones and homework.   None of us wants to see our children in pain; we wish we could keep them in a happy, rosy bubble forever. But that is not the way of the world, and if we did cocoon them they would not grow into multi-faceted, compassionate human beings. I hate to see my […]

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By Catherine Eden   Why would you give your child your name when he cannot – and should not – be like you? It’s quite shocking to think that when we decide to have children, we might be more invested in preserving ourselves than in nurturing new life, but this is often the case. On some deep level, children who are given their parents’ names probably sense a requirement to […]

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