Why “Guys” Makes Me Sigh: The curse of casual language

When addressing groups of people as ‘guys’, is that being friendly or could it be everyday sexism? When does our casual language become too casual? Here, writer Toni Hargis tells us why “Guys” makes her sigh…. “Guys, can I have your attention for a second please?” 
“If any of you guys want to join me…

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LOL: The six stages of shopping for school shoes

If there is one thing that gives me a deep sinking feeling in my stomach more than trying to plan activities to keep the kids entertained for six weeks, it’s shopping for school shoes. It normally involves a lot of waiting, some tears, and parting with an extortionate amount of cash. Of course too late…

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Teens & Tweens: Holidays, exam results & letting go

The summer holiday is close to over and the new school, college and university years are on the horizon.  Despite the habitual parental groans that precede the summer holiday period, it is more than any other, a time for stepping away from normal routines and commitments and regrouping as a family.  I for one relish…

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Health: 10 podcasts to help you be a happy, healthy mum

The kids are back to school, the teens are off to Uni, and it’s time for us Mums to prioritise ourselves once more by listening to these podcasts while we’re hanging out the washing. A healthy Mum is a happy Mum is a better Mum, so these 10 handpicked podcasts are a great way to…

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Back to school tips for happy kids

Becky Goddard Hill and Penny Alexander are award winning parent bloggers and authors of Create Your Own Happy – a happiness boosting handbook for 7-11 year olds. Their book was published by Harper Collins. Here they share their back-to-school tips. When it comes to going back to school there is an awful lot we can’t…

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