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Grandparents ‘saving working families billions in childcare’

An “army” of grandparents looking after their grandchildren are collectively saving parents more than £16 billion a year in formal childcare costs, a report has found.

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JANET CHRISTIE ,  MAGAZINE WRITER

Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

It’s all made up anyway, isn’t it?

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JANET CHRISTIE ,  MAGAZINE WRITER

Mum’s the Word

Youngest’s approval is top priority

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Valentine's Day has been associated with love and romance since Chaucer's 1382 writings in 'Parlement of Foules' to honour the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia.  Picture:  Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images

Lori Anderson: Why romance needs a Pepe talk

If I were to be granted permission to rebrand Valentine’s Day, my first decree would read au revoir to the eponymous third century saint and bonjour monsieur to a more apt ambassador whose tutelage would be de rigueur for those in search of that most elusive elixir, l’amour. Step forward Pepé Le Pew, that skunky potent mix of Charles Aznavour, Warren Beatty and Casanova, he will be sure to teach us all how to take a S.W.A.L.K on the wild side. If today should be about anything it should be about fifty shades of seduction and there is no one more tenacious, inventive and irrepressible than the Gallic cartoon skunk.

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Loki: Porn is more accessible but can distort way we think about sex

Pornography accounts for a quarter of all search engine entries and is the fourth-most common reason people give for going online.

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JANET CHRISTIE ,  MAGAZINE WRITER

Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

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Thousands of Scots already use dating apps to find love, with a global matchmaking market now worth billions. Picture: Julie Howden/TSPL

Scots dating app Soda aims to be a social success story

A Scottish tech entrepreneur aims to stand out in the crowded dating app market by encouraging people to make “real connections” by meeting each other socially instead of through electronic messaging.

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Kat Jones: Running up that hill looks a forlorn hope with kids

Sometime around now is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year, we’re back to work, it’s cold, dark and spring seems very distant.

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Kirsty Gunn: what’s the issue with living in two places at once?

I live in two places and am at home in both – and that seems to trouble a fair number of people. Why? I wonder. Here I am in Scotland where I teach and have a house and where my sister and extended family live, and in ten days’ time I will be in London, where I also live and write and have a house and where my husband works. We live in both places and we love both. Yes, when David retires we’ll be more “up here” than “down there”, probably quite a lot more “up” than “down”, but my publishers are in London and a lot of our friends are, many of whom are a bit “two-places” themselves, actually, with family north of the Border, and jobs in the capital, making the most a lot of opportunities there, in the way a world city has those kinds of opportunities . . . What’s the big deal?

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JANET CHRISTIE ,  MAGAZINE WRITER

Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

Youngest Child’s mobile phone is being sent away for repair. Again. I’m tempted to ditch this money pit but I’m not stupid enough to voice such heresy. Not being in contact with your child at all times in today’s world is tantamount to abuse – how I survived walking to school and playing out from the age of five with only a front door key slung around my neck as a talisman is a mystery. But I keep that thought to myself too. Nobody cares, as Youngest likes to say.

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Scotland’s baby box design could feature Loch Ness Monster

The final design shortlist for Scotland’s baby box have been revealed - including one featuring the Loch Ness monster.

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Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

Why January is that most wonderful time of the year

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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 ,  MAGAZINE WRITER

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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