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Sleepless Nights – Tackling Insomnia in Menopause

“How did you sleep darling?” is the habitual morning question from my husband. How “well” and particularly how “badly” we sleep is not only a subject of marital discussion but is also a national and international obsession. Obviously, sleep requirements vary by individual but most healthy adults need between 7…

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Win Free Grand Designs Live Show Tickets, with CLC World …

Who doesn’t love watching Channel 4’s Grand Designs? For me it combines two of my favourite pastimes – indulging my fantasy for picture perfect designer rooms in my house, as well as getting a glimpse into the real agony and joy of others on their quest to make…

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What Is The Real Value of Sport To Our Children?

With one teenager finishing last term with a hockey tour and one starting this term with a cricket tour, I am reminded of the value of sport in my teens’ lives not only from the obvious perspective of benefiting from exercise, but also more universally in helping to prepare…

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Does Growing Up Mean Growing Apart?

My teenagers are growing up but does this mean we have to grow apart?  Growing up generally involves a defining moment in everyone’s life.  For my daughter, this was not when she hit puberty, but when she turned 13.  This was the magical number to her.  It signified…

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Guest Post – Why Does Style Change At 50?

You would think that the woman pioneering a change in attitudes towards the way women dress in midlife has herself passed that milestone.  The reality, however, is that Jacynth Bassett, is a 24 year old Cambridge law graduate, who inspired by her mother’s style frustrations has made it her…

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Teaching Our Children The Value of An Inquiring Mind

“Why?”  is a question commonly associated with the toddler years.  Most parents tire very easily of this period and the endless “why” questions, particularly as each answer is quickly met by yet another “why” question, but as our children progress to adulthood that is exactly what we want…

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Fitness At Fifty & Beyond

A “fair weather” exerciser is the term used by a friend recently to describe my attitude to my fitness regime.  In my defence I have to say she was recalling my university years more than three decades ago when a hangover or a piece of chocolate cake would…

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The Things Teenagers Worry About

Worrying is a universal currency that spans generations, but the world of teenage worry is relatively self-contained and probably no different to the one I inhabited as a teenager more than 30 years ago. The teenage years are an emotional roller coaster, full of highs and lows which create…

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