Relationships

Should all couples sleep apart?

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Ford has invented a mattress that ‘nudges’ you if you start crowding your partner – but beds are for more than just sleepingIn the same week that a Kickstarter campaign was set up to fund the production of an interactive...

Parents have 32 minutes of me-time every day, says depressing study

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Parents have just 32 minutes to themselves every day and many have to hide from their kids to get a breather, according to new data.A study into the everyday lives of 2,000 moms and dads found that the typical...

I was dropped by new friends and dread not seeing them again

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You may have tampered with the balance of power with this couple, says Mariella Frostrup. Is there something you are not divulging?The dilemma For the past few months I have been befriended by a lesbian couple who welcomed me into...

Babies rarely choose their friends – maybe that’s true for us, too

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Our baby son is enjoying the friendships we are forcing on him – but what choice do adults have?After a few months of somewhat patchy interactions with other babies, it’s a surprise to find my son is now...

What Experts Say — Good and Bad — About Attachment Parenting

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Attachment parenting is a parenting style that emphasizes a strong bond between parents and children, with parents being highly attuned and receptive to their child's needs.It's most often associated with things that keep parents and children close, like breastfeeding on-demand, baby-wearing, and...

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...

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...

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...

Tim Dowling: Why is an angry skier offloading on me?

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‘I’ll tell you what’s just happened,’ he says. ‘Someone’s taken my wife’s skis’It is Wednesday afternoon, and I am skiing through some trees in the French Alps. Because I am one of a group of nine friends staying...

Why You Should Never Be Ashamed to Get a Divorce

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As a child of divorce, I grew up wanting a different life. I swore I would never have a family and put them through that mess. I would do whatever it took to stay with my spouse for my children.One day,...

The Difference Between Mom Brain and Man Brain

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About a week ago, I plopped myself down on the couch next to my seemingly lounging husband. The kids were playing nicely for once and I began chitchatting about a TV show that was on. He politely, but emphatically,...

Why Is My Family So Mean to My Daughter?

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Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. Dear Care and Feeding,I’m a single mom and my daughter is 4. She’s bright, funny, generous, and headstrong. Like most 4-year-olds, she occasionally cops some attitude, like shouting, “Everyone stop talking!” when...

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