Children

How baby names got so weird

23 April 2016 9:00 am

How Wolf and Skylar pushed out John and Mary

A dispatch from a family of fooshers

2 April 2016 9:00 am

I’d like this to have been one of those Spectator diaries that gives the ordinary reader a glimpse into the…

What Hillary Clinton won’t find in Area 51

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Area of doubt Hillary Clinton has said that if she is elected she will open files on the US military…

It’s dangerous and wrong to tell all children they’re ‘gender fluid’

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Children are not all ‘gender fluid’. It’s dangerous and wrong to try to persuade them that they are

Carly Bawden as Alice and Joshua Lacey as the White Rabbit

Damon Albarn’s wonder.land will not succeed at the National. It might work in Vegas

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris present a musical version of Alice in Wonderland. A challenging enterprise even if they’d stuck…

Tis the season for disagreeing with your spouse about everything

12 December 2015 9:00 am

The older I get, the more Scrooge-like I become. I’m dyspeptic, misanthropic, curmudgeonly, parsimonious and unsentimental. Caroline, by contrast, is…

Will Father Christmas bring that drum kit?

Tips from Just William on making a Christmas list

5 December 2015 9:00 am

William Brown had the right idea about Christmas lists. Under the heading ‘Things I Want for Christmas’, he requests: a…

Dear Mary: How to stop someone from giving my tiny children expensive clothes that they never wear?

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Q. Is there a tactful way to deter certain people from buying clothing for one’s tiny children as Christmas presents?…

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How do you explain events that even adults can’t understand to a child?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Seeing my ten-year-old daughter, Freya, a week after the massacre in Paris, I asked her if she had heard anything…

Meet Leo, the youngest member of our household

14 November 2015 9:00 am

I’m pleased to announce an addition to the Young household — a ten-week-old Vizsla. For those unfamiliar with this particular breed…

Why most four-year-olds deserve to be sectioned

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The first episode of Let Us Entertain You (BBC2, Wednesday) definitely couldn’t be accused of lacking a central thesis. Presenter…

My obsession with litter is bordering on mental illness

19 September 2015 8:00 am

It’s no good. I’ve tried to resist it, but I’ve succumbed. I’m now a full-blown litter Nazi. Whenever I leave…

At age two, my August-born son is already being marked out for failure

12 September 2015 9:00 am

My August-born toddler is being marked out for failure – thank God the rules are changing

A six-year-old sharpshooter and a New Zealand white – both bound to improve with age

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The Honourable Society of Odd Bottles began proceedings with a report on the activities of our junior branch. These youngsters…

The new adventures of the adventure playground

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Are adventure playgrounds set to make a comeback, asks Maisie Rowe

Dear Mary: unacceptable behaviour at a book signing

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Q. At a recent literary festival I attended a talk with a high-profile octogenarian writer. I had already bought her…

Dear Mary: My husband has shaved his head for a newspaper feature

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Q. My partner, a leading political commentator on a national newspaper, recently agreed to shave off his hair at the…

Fatherhood is killing me

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Not a day passes when I don’t look on my father’s record with shock and awe. I’m not talking about…

How we drive our children mad

21 March 2015 9:00 am

If Britain has a crisis in children’s mental health, it’s easy to see why

I have the right to raise my monsters as I wish

14 March 2015 9:00 am

I was on the phone to Girl, thinking of something interesting to tell her. ‘Oh yeah,’ I said. ‘And this…

The benefits of breeding like a rabbit

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Why I’m glad to have five children, with a sixth on the way

Life is full of little endings. We should pay them more attention

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Life is full of little endings. We should pay them more attention

Peter Phillips is mugged by a gang of Praetorius-loving six-year-old girls in China

1 November 2014 9:00 am

We have read about the remarkable opening up of China in recent years: how many people live there and how…

Rextail: a restaurant for billionaire children

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Rextail is a restaurant for billionaire children, such as Richie Rich. Its owner, Arcady Novikov, has already opened a restaurant…

Dear Mary: Is it rude to answer my child's call when I'm already on the phone?

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Q. My problem is that an older friend, with whom I enjoy lengthy telephone chats, becomes furious when my call…