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What makes the world go round: other parents

TweetIt was the kindness of strangers that Blanche Dubois relied on, but for people with children, the largesse of other parents makes all the difference in our lives. This was especially brought home to me this week, with the month-long school break yawning before us, unimpeded by school or any other form of childcare. A friend happily agreed to host a 5-hour playdate today so I can attend an event. Another,...

Playtime is over for New York parents

TweetWhat does any NYC parent worth his or her salt do when they feel their child’s nursery education is not up to snuff? Of course – they sue. The Times wrote yesterday about the lawsuit brought byNicole Imprescia against her daughter’s preschool. You can read that piece on the Times’s site (even if you’re not a subscriber, for £1 you got all of the stories from today’s paper...

What can happen when you go away for an adult weekend

Tweet So it was supposed to be just a fun little jaunt to Copenhagen. Just a short little anniversary getaway with some friends who got married the same month we did. No pressure, no stress. Drop the daughter off at granny’s, catch the plane the next day, sleep in, walk ‘round, have afternoon drinks, eat well. Perhaps some adult situations. And it was that. Copenhagen is an incredibly liveable city. On Sunday, the...

How much should you supervise playdates?

TweetAnother day, another playdate, another late afternoon wrestling with the dilemma: how much do I need to supervise these little monsters? When it’s just my daughter and her older brother, I’m content to let them disappear for ages, knowing that the older one will keep the younger from practising flying out of upstairs window, and the little one will tell on the older one taking scissors to the soft...

Should I try to negotiate my child's friendship problems?

TweetKnowing how involved to get with the ups and downs of your child's social life can be tricky. If they're fighting with a best friend or are suddenly outside a group they were formerly in, should you get involved, give advice, talk to other parents and teachers, or just let them use it as a learning experience, even if it's a painful one? Sarah from School Gate (Times subscription required)...

The trouble with au pairs

Tweet Brace yourself: your au pair may not like your housekeeping, putting it on par with a Richard Billingham photograph. That's one of the messages from a Sunday Time piece today about a new book called Au Pair (subscription), a look at the experiences of 50 Slovakian au pairs, the nationality that makes up the largest part of au pairs in Britain. Frankly they are horrified at the lives of the...

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