All you need to know about potential sperm donors Whether you’re in a same-sex relationship and looking to start a family or are one of thousands who are struggling with infertility issues, sperm donation is one option used by couples to enable them to enjoy the gift of life. But before you choose to […]
In Simon Cowell's situation, what does the law say?
LucyJo shares her advice and tips on hosting a teenage party. 1. Guests Make sure you have a list, including the ‘plus ones’ (although we don’t allow these usually – I like to know who’s coming into our home!) If we haven’t heard of more than 70% of the kids, then we get the list revised. And yes, […]
Jennie Carr writes about the challenges presented by a civilised lunch party. Rural living and excellent schools have much to recommend them. However, on this particular Saturday evening, I really wasn’t sure that even Joanna Trollope would’ve coped! ‘A party near Reading’ I was told and, like the mug I try so hard not to […]
Patricia Woodhouse, Headmistress of Malvern St James, considers the question afresh. The single sex vs. co-ed debate is, in my opinion, a bit of a clichéd and out dated one. It is not as straight forward as arguing for or against. For me it has to be about personal choice, and who can offer your […]
Patricia Woodhouse, Headmistress, Malvern St James, has firm opinions on how we can spark an interest in science that lasts a lifetime? “It is more than 35 years since the Sex Discrimination Act came into force and 42 years since the introduction of the Equal Pay Act. Since this legislation was passed the number of women in […]
It is the law that your child should be educated, but it is not the law that your child has to go to school. For one reason or another, you may find that your child isn’t happy at school. This can have a domino effect on the family, and stunt your child from learning. It […]
Does every mother have this? The nagging guilt that they just can't shake off...
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Having a gifted child is not always easy, as one mother explains I am definitely NOT a pushy mother. I know that most hothouse parents say that but, believe me, I would have loved to have had a ‘normal’ child. I knew that my daughter was a bit different when she was two and a […]
A mother’s take on understanding autism 11.40am, Wednesday 6 February Marlene walked into her kitchen to prepare lunch for her son. The fingers of her right hand stiffened. She flexed them, but within seconds her hand fell limp at her side. A primal scream evolved, with tones of a different language, unknown to her. Her son’s […]
We asked Lester Aldridge LLP to explain whose side surrogacy law is on.
Can I enter into a civil partnership? Yes, if you are over 18 and not already in a civil partnership or married. Where can I make the commitment? There are certain offices where the registration can take place, e.g. hotels, restaurants, country houses. The registration does not include a ceremony but if you wish to […]
What is a ‘family’? What would your answer to that question be? A married couple with two children? A single mum or dad and their child? A father, step-mum and his children from a previous marriage? Two lesbians with their donor-conceived child? Two gay dads and their surrogate child? One thing is for certain, there […]
One mother’s horrifying story about anti-acne drug Roaccutane/Accutane Well, in my experience it has been a living nightmare and not to be recommended under any circumstances, but others have nothing but praise at its success. This drug, active ingredient isotretinoin, has now been withdrawn by the manufacturer in the USA (it can only be obtained […]