Tag Archives: FAMILY

FREE FOOD?

Million of pounds worth of food is dumped every year in the UK, yet a recent article in The Guardian reported that three men are to stand trial soon for taking some tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese from dustbins at the … Continue reading

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DEFINING LOVE

Love is a funny old game. It has lots of rules and signposts that you can miss or avoid, depending on where you are in your life. Loving someone is fraught. It’s fraught, no matter how wonderful it feels. Fraught … Continue reading

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SHUTTING PARENTS OUT

I’ve been reading everywhere that the number of parents who are estranged from their adult children grows bigger every day. Some people explain this as a culture shift, that adult children raised over the past 30 years experienced a different … Continue reading

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DO WE HATE OLD PEOPLE?

What do you really think about old people? Do you see them as a pain in the neck? As senile, shuffling parasites? As people who must be discounted in favour of the young? It’s a sad truth that we have little … Continue reading

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LOSING CONTACT WITH YOUR GRANDCHILDREN

Are you one of the million or so grandparents being denied access to your grandchildren by their parents? There is no pain like it, is there? Every day, you wake up and feel as if your heart is being torn apart. And there … Continue reading

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A SOCK IN THE EYE

Is it naïve of me to want to trust my fellow woman or man? Of late, it’s been a turbulent time.  My faith in our politicians and others who are in positions of power, has taken a hit. This makes … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS ON KIDS AND DIVORCE

  Research for a new novel led me to talk to parents going through divorce and separation. Here are some of the things they told me. Thank you to everyone who contributed and gave permission for these quotes to be … Continue reading

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HEDGE FUNDS OR CHILDREN?

As the mother of four adult children, I’ve been pondering on their childhoods and my parenting skills. I have always worked. Why did I work? My reasons were were purely economic. How did I cope? Like working women today, I enlisted on the … Continue reading

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ONLY CONNECT

Families who can’t talk to each other, create problems that grow in magnitude and are passed down the generations. Communication, a willingness to empathise and hold out a hand, is the glue that keeps relationships healthy. To achieve this, needs the wisdom of Job and the patience … Continue reading

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KIDS AND DIVORCE

When children see their parents going through a divorce, they can react in many different ways. They can withdraw into themselves or they can exhibit bad behaviour which is difficult to deal with at a time when the parents may be very … Continue reading

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