Children in England are now returning to school after months of being educated at home as part of strict coronavirus measures. Getting back into the school routine might prove tough for both parents and children, so one mum has shared a simple trick that is guaranteed to help speed up the getting-ready process. Mum-of-four Shannon Doherty often shares handy parenting tips and tricks on TikTok, but she says this is her best one yet. In a video that has been viewed more than 82,000 times, Shannon explains that the hack will see your children putting their own shoes on quickly, without confusing their lefts and rights. She suggests cutting a sticker in half and popping one half in one shoe, and the other half in the other shoe. This way they'll be able to match the stickers up and put their shoes on by themselves, giving you a couple of extra minutes to get yourself sorted. Since being posted, the video has been liked more than 12,000 times and has received almost 70 … [Read more...] about Mum’s sticker trick guarantees kids put their shoes on the right feet every time
Are parents always right
WHEN news of the latest lockdown broke, parents all over the nation were horrified at the thought of having to homeschool their kids again. The internet erupted with mums venting their fury as they geared up to juggle work with becoming a substitute teacher . But many women who don’t or can’t have children say they would have relished the chance to homeschool them, and were left feeling very frustrated. So do homeschooling mums need to suck it up and realise how lucky they are? Or do they have every right to complain ? Two writers give Anna Roberts their opposing views. NO says child-free Samantha Brick WRITER Samantha Brick, 49, originally from Birmingham, now lives in France with her carpenter husband Pascal, 59. She says: "When Boris made the latest doom-laden announcements, my first thought was, “Here we go again”. Not with lockdown, but with those mums groaning about having their precious little darlings at home with them. Instead of doing … [Read more...] about I’m sick of mums complaining about homeschooling – you chose to have kids & school wasn’t invented as a babysitter
Source: Himani dsck, CC BY-SA 4.0/Wikimedia Commons Yesterday was my mother’s yahrzeit, the anniversary of her death. Three years later, I find myself thinking about her often, and differently than I did when she was alive. A middle-aged orphan with two wonderful siblings, I learn more about her as I get older, and as her powerful personality no longer shades my insight into our relationship. In a long period of depression in my 30s, I had therapy with a man who occasionally presented pithy observations, like this one in response to my struggle to reconcile my mother’s loving intentions and her failure to give me the support I needed: “Parents typically do the best they can.” As I’ve noted elsewhere in this blog, my mother had an intense relationship with her father who, like her, was fiercely intelligent and could be devastating with his teasing and wit. A law professor fascinated by Lizzie Borden (the woman acquitted of murdering her parents with an ax), Grandpa … [Read more...] about Does Your Parents’ Failure Mean They Didn’t Love You?
A JOBLESS son aged 41 is suing his parents in a bid to force them to pay him “maintenance” for life. Faiz Siddiqui claims he is completely dependent on his wealthy mum and dad. This is despite being a trained lawyer and having a degree from Oxford University, which he also tried to sue for £1million . For 20 years, his Dubai-based parents have let him live rent-free at a £1million flat they own near London’s Hyde Park. They also helped to cover bills and other outgoings, but want to slash their support following a family row. Mr Siddiqui is battling in a first-of-its-kind case — which could affect the rights of every UK parent. He reckons he is entitled to claim maintenance as a “vulnerable” grown-up child due to health issues and that preventing this would be a violation of his human rights. 'LONG-SUFFERING PARENTS' Mum Rakshanda, 69, and dad Javed, 71, currently give him more than £400 a week. Their lawyer, Justin Warshaw QC, said: “These long-suffering … [Read more...] about Jobless man, 41, sues parents in bid to get them to pay his ‘maintenance’ for life
Editor’s Note: The WNBA’s Indiana Fever and Anthem Inc. recently announced a multi-year partnership that will address racial injustice and health inequity in underserved communities. As part of the program, seven Fever players are currently participating in a five-week “Athlete to Advocate” course, led by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Over the next several weeks, Tiffany Mitchell – who has played five seasons as a member of the Fever – will be writing about her experience in the course for the On Her Turf blog. By Tiffany Mitchell, as told to Alex Azzi I started playing basketball because of my older brother Tory , who played a bunch of sports. He would come home with trophies and I remember asking my mom, ‘How did he get all these trophies? And why don’t I have any?’ Once she explained that they were from basketball, I was like, ‘I’m gonna play basketball too so I can get some trophies.’ When I first started, I wasn’t very good. I played … [Read more...] about WNBA’s Tiffany Mitchell on becoming an advocate for single-parent families