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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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When did the generation gap disappear?

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A survey found that just 33 per cent of people say they enjoy hosting guests. Picture: Sean Bell

Jane Bradley: Friends and family can be house guests from hell

Friends or family members can turn into house guests from hell if they visit for even the briefest of stays, says Jane Bradley

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The politics of sibling rivalry

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Same-sex marriages will drive away some worshippers but should also bring back those who have felt discriminated against. Picture: Getty/iStockphoto

Dani Garavelli: Let no-one put asunder gay couples

Seconds after the Scottish Episcopal Church’s historic vote in favour of allowing same-sex marriage ceremonies, there was a flurry of excited tweeting as couples began to plan their long-awaited nuptials.

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Smoking kills, especially midges

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Kids can still learn a thing or two from snail mail

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A smack must be the ultimate deterrent, says John V Lloyd

John V Lloyd: Nothing wrong with a smack to keep kids safe

Green MSP John Finnie has launched a ­consultation on a ­proposed member’s bill to ban ­smacking in Scotland.It has no chance of success.

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Registration for Scotland’s baby box will open in June

All new-born babies in Scotland due on or after 15 August 2017 are to benefit from baby boxes.

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Middle’s knee is shredded, just like my nerves

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River City on a Tuesday instead of Holby City is one of the few downsides to living in Scotland for Nicky McPherson

Nicky McPherson: Life in Scotland fab for my English family

Last October, Scotland was ranked best place in the UK for quality of life, beating its English, Welsh and Irish neighbours hands down.

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Scottish Book Trusts Bookbug encourages story-telling for kids

Marc Lambert: Tune in to young children’s needs with a song

This is Bookbug Week, an annual celebration of Scotland’s national book gifting programme, when hundreds of free events for children and babies are held across the country.

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When will the young earn more than experience?

Middle Child is about to return to the mothership and since he wasn’t actually being paid for his work (pity today’s young generation for whom the concept of exchanging labour for wages is a quaint outmoded concept that’s been replaced by internships, work experience, volunteering and generally someone’s-having-a-laugh-but-it’ll-be-good-for-your-CV exploitation), I’ve paid his flight.

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Parents can tell children how they learned from mistakes

Heather Hill: I’m learning to forgive myself for my choices

Just suppose you went through life without ever looking back. ­Never ­pausing to reflect; never wishing you’d pressed delete on ­certain ­sections of your younger years.

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Birthday greetings to make you greet

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Smacking ban is not about criminalising parents, says MSP

Proposals that would ban the smacking of children are not about criminalising parents, Green MSP John Finnie has said.

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Catching the punk express

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Exercise classes are just one way to improve the lives of elderly people   but councils could do much more by looking at the services they provide and making changes in many areas of care

Keith Robson: Don’t forget the old when you vote

It might sound slightly ­ominous but the local ­elections are on the way – have you noticed? What with Westminster and Scottish parliament elections, and two referendums, ­choosing your local councillors sometimes doesn’t get the attention it deserves from a vote-weary ­electorate.

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Kate and Gerry McCann during an interview at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough on Friday. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Madeleine McCann’s decade: From wristband slogans to fake news

May, 2007. A Communion party in a suntrap of a back garden in the south side of Glasgow, and only one topic of conversation: the recent disappearance of Madeleine McCann. A bunch of adults drinking – much as the McCanns and their friends sat drinking in the tapas bar at Praia da Luz in the Algarve in Portugal – but with their children on a tighter leash now, in response to a disaster that they feel could have befallen any one of them.

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Janet Christie’s Mum’s the word

Everything’s back to normal, or is it?

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