Children

The NHS ‘wellbeing’ monkey deserves to die

19 July 2014 9:00 am

My young daughter has a furry beaver — lifelike in all but its eyes, which to me seem cold and dead.…

How the Suzuki method changed my life

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Do you ever wonder, as your little darling balks at doing her violin or piano practice again, what all the…

I love everything about supporting QPR — except watching them play

10 May 2014 9:00 am

I find it hard to pinpoint the exact moment when my support for Queen’s Park Rangers crossed over into full-blown…

The day I discovered what worry was

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Before I had children I don’t think I appreciated what anxiety was. I’d been anxious at various points in my…

For my family, the Vikings exhibition was about as much fun as being raped and pillaged

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Have you managed to book tickets to the Viking exhibition at the British Museum yet? If you haven’t, my advice…

Why working class grandparents are better than middle class ones

22 March 2014 9:00 am

When I told a friend that my nine-year-old son was staying with his grandparents for the whole week of the…

Dyslexia is meaningless. But don't worry – so is ADHD

15 March 2014 9:00 am

There is a beautiful symmetry to all things, I think, and probably related somehow to the concept of karma. Only…

Why Boris is wrong to say that the children of jihadis should be taken into care

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Do your children have a bleak and nihilistic view of the world? It’s hard to tell, really, when they spend…

Agitprop for toddlers: the oddly strident politics of CBeebies

25 January 2014 9:00 am

I think I might be a bad parent; whenever my wife is out, I plonk our two-year-old daughter in front…

What nannies know

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Soon after moving to London at the age of 20, Nina Stibbe wrote to her sister Vic saying, ‘Being a…

How to get your child hooked on theatre (hint: don't rule out Peppa Pig)

14 December 2013 9:00 am

I remember my first trip to the theatre. I was about eight, and I got hit in the face by…

Toby Young: It's biological, I become a caveman when my child is sick

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The first sign that something was wrong with Ludo was when he complained of a tummy ache. This was after…

Plato on the Today programme

27 July 2013 9:00 am

A woman is invited to join the Today programme, and the chatteratae are immediately a-twitter on the subject of female…

The Contented Royal Baby: Gina Ford on how to bring up Prince George

27 July 2013 9:00 am

I was delighted to hear that the Duchess of Cambridge had a healthy baby boy. The build-up to the royal…

The saddest discovery of middle age: I can get by without my old friends

13 July 2013 9:00 am

A few years ago, I got the shock of my life when a girl I was sitting next to at…