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Janet Christie:Testing times for middle child

Food, advice, clothing, it seems I’m giving my kids way too much of a good thing. And it gets on their nerves. Who knew?

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JANET CHRISTIE ,  MAGAZINE WRITER

So what values do you live by?

Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

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Mum’s the word: Pared down pear tree lights up the season of goodwill

The older we all get, the simpler Christmas becomes and the partridge in our pared-down tree is more of a robin with a missing leg. I’m not to blame. It’s them. They’ve outgrown Christmas.

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Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

Round robin? It’s still on our tree. So Happy New Year!

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Research shows that the typical engagement ring costs �573 - around a third of the �1,794 average monthly take home pay in the UK, and a big outlay at Christmas time. Picture: Getty.

Jane Bradley: Stuck between a rock and a hard place

Getting engaged at Christmas can present a dilemma if the budget is blown on an expensive ring, says Jane Bradley

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Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word: Brief encounter with Christmas underwear

At what age do men start to buy their own underwear?

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Janet Christie: Which is best at Christmas: gifts, grub or games?

Youngest Child and I are in the waiting room at the dentist because she woke up with a jaw like Desperate Dan. I told her this, and I think she may have laughed, I know I did, but it was hard to tell. Perhaps not.

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JANET CHRISTIE ,  MAGAZINE WRITER

Janet Christie, Mum’s the Word

Can our run of cosy domesticity last? Hope so

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Brain test can spot future criminals at three

Brain test can spot future criminals at three

Tests can predict whether children as young as three will grow up to be criminals, claim a disproportionate amount of benefits or be obese, researches have found in a 35-year study.

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Tim Ellis, chief executive of the National Records of Scotland, browses files at Register House in Edinburgh. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

Finding your Scottish ancestors online thanks to technology

It is one of the largest online sources of original genealogical information in the world, allowing the public detailed access to records dating back centuries.

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The Bookbug mascot with author and illustrator Catherine Rayner at Vogrie Country Park.

Bookbug toys recalled amid safety fears

THE Scottish Book Trust has called for the removal of wooden toys from its toddler Bookbug bags amid safety fears.

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Kylo, Leia and Finn among popular baby names in 2016

Kylo, Leia and Finn among popular baby names in 2016

Star Wars, super moons and superheros were among the trends when it came to naming babies in 2016.

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Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

Saturday morning, day off, time for a snoozathon. But what am I thinking, I have children.

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Last year 500 children aged under 16 were adopted, with 284 of these being 'stranger' adoptions. Picture: Contributed.

New measures announced to speed up adoption in Scotland

Adoption in Scotland is to be streamlined to cut down the amount the time children have to wait before becoming part of stable families.

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Claire Foy as the Queen in the Netflix drama The Crown.

Aidan Smith: Royal drama is an everyday tale of boozy, bickering, lustful telly addicts

A strong and sexy HRH in the Netflix drama The Crown has made a belated loyal subject of Aidan Smith

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Nicky Campbell speaks on the reality of adoption

SCOTS broadcaster Nicky Campbell has called out to couples to embrace the ‘Reality of Adoption’ during the first ever Adoption Week Scotland.

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Dad hands out sweets on aeroplane so daughter can go trick-or-treating

A dad won hearts the world over - after going the extra mile to make sure his daughter could enjoy Hallowe'en.

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The baby box will include essential items

Design competition launched for new Scottish baby box

Students are being urged to take part in a competition to design a baby box which will be handed out to parents in Scotland from the new year.

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5 year-old calls Celtic to apologise for missing game

A five-year-old Celtic fan who missed a match due to it clashing with a friend’s birthday party has phoned the club to apologise.

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A survey for Which? magazine showed that callers had been kept on hold by companies for up to 37 minutes. Picture: Getty Images

Jane Bradley: Don’t leave me hanging on the telephone

Long waits on hold are made worse when a recorded voice tries to kid that you are a ‘valued customer’ says Jane Bradley

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