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My son has special needs. Should I tell him I’m not his biological father?

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Secrets in families are rarely a good idea, says Annalisa BarbieriI have a son, aged 22: J. He was born with physical disabilities and special educational needs. He’s a happy, well-adjusted young man: he’ll never be able to live independently, but...

Domestic abuse survivors and children sleeping rough, survey finds

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Women unable to get refuge place also having to sofa-surf or stay with abuserSurvivors of domestic abuse and their children are being forced to sleep rough as they struggle to find safe accommodation, a report from the leading charity...

Blind date: ‘I found myself in a monologue about toilets from around the world’

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Did Niamh, 23, a teacher, and Kabillan, 28, a business development manager, hit it off?What were you hoping for?A good story.First impressions?Good-looking and friendly.What did you talk about?He was really easy to talk to – anything from Pixar,...

10 Hilariously Spot-On Quotes About Parenting from Celebrity Moms

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Even the rich and famous aren’t immune to the craziness of motherhood.Celebrity moms—they’re just like us! At least when it comes to commiserating about the quirks of parenthood, that is. From Emily Blunt’s “exploding” breasts to Reese Witherspoon’s maternal “ticker...

The art of listening has been lost in these polarised times

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The BBC’s Listening Project turns seven this month. It offers a window into a gentler, more compassionate BritainWhat was it? At first I couldn’t tell. I was listening to the radio on my headphones, and a woman was...

I met my girlfriend’s parents – and realised I once slept with her father

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She is everything to me and I was going to propose – but now he has told me to end it with herFive years ago, I went through a bi phase and used to sleep around with pretty...

My husband left me and our kids and is now with another woman

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A new relationship will long outlive – and swiftly obscure – the heartache you’ve been through, says Mariella FrostrupThe dilemma Eighteen months ago, my husband left me and our children, who were both under five. We had been through...

Home alone with the baby… and gruesome Scandi crime drama

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Parenting tasks are multiplied by two, banana pulp is everywhere – but at least there’s TV murderFor the first time since my son was born, I am parenting alone. My wife’s trip to New York was planned months...

I’ve left my damaging childhood behind me, but why do I feel guilty?

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You must delve into your own past, Mariella Frostrup tells a social worker who has no contact with her own familyThe dilemma I’m 28 and was born and raised in a northern mining town. I went to university quite...

I’m a sensitive man, so how can I stop getting hurt in relationships?

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Your irrational behaviour probably stems from trauma – come to terms with that first, says Mariella FrostrupThe dilemma My friends think my behaviour is leading me in a vicious circle in my relationships. I can see their point. I...

Outsourcing education to Clarks shoes: only a Tory could think of that

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The government’s proposal that shop workers should help kickstart children’s early development is laughableParents, we’ve all been there: a high-street shoe shop in early September. Everyone with a school-aged child has simultaneously realised that if they don’t get around...

A feminist’s guide to raising boys

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Before I became a mother, I thought my feminism was a battle fought and won. But having three sons has challenged everythingIt’s always the things you think will be a doddle that end up causing most heartache. When...

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