When is the right time to talk to children about sex?

The other day I posted on my Facebook page about vibrators being on sale in Poundland. I thought it was wrong for them to be prominently on display in the Valentines section, surrounded by cuddly toys and fluffy pillows. I know that if LP or Little Man saw a Bunny Vibrator they would read the box and ask what it was. I’m all for saying it’s a toy for grown…

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What does Online Safety mean to You?

If I say the words online safety to you, what do you think of? It may be keeping your computer password protected – and not using your maiden name and date of birth as the password. You may think of how careful you are not to put too much information online about yourself – not divulging your address or date of birth. You might think of the fact you have…

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I Never Realised I was Ginger

Now anyone reading this may think that is a really daft statement to make. That surely no-one can grow up not realising what colour their hair was. But, it’s true. As a child I didn’t realise I was ginger. Or, to be more specific, I didn’t realise I was different. I remember as a child old ladies would stop my parents in the street and compliment me on my hair…

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Why aren’t you Wearing a Bra Mummy?

One morning I was getting ready for the day when LP walked into my room. I was wearing trousers and a vest top, sitting on my bed and trying to do my hair. She looked at me for a moment and said: ‘Mummy, why aren’t you wearing a bra?’ I explained that wearing a bra is a personal choice – not a requirement. I said that some people wear bras…

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Always Be Nice – Unless Someone is in the Public Eye

That’s right isn’t it? We are all taught from a young age to be nice, if you have nothing nice to say then don’t say anything at all. But, there’s a line where celebrities and other famous people are concerned isn’t there? Famous people are fair game – you’re allowed to be mean about them. But, no, that isn’t the case. No-one deserves abuse whether they are famous or not…

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Migrants: Why do they all come here?

I was reading the news the other day about an inflatable dinghy that had been found on the Kent coast and they were searching for the migrants that were suspected to have reached the UK in it. As it happened the migrants were found just hours later. I said to a friend how I felt for the migrants in the boat. How horrendous it must be to have no other…

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Ginger isn’t a Swear Word

I’ve had ginger hair for nearly 34 years and it took me a while to be comfortable with my hair colour. I had to grow into it, get to know it and appreciate it for what is was – a pretty big part of being me. Throughout those 34 years I have heard my hair, and other similar hair colours, being referred to as so many different things – anything from…

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