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Morningside tops Edinburgh happiness league

IT’S got the shops, it’s got the parks, it’s got the schools - and it’s got the buses into town.

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JANET CHRISTIE ,  MAGAZINE WRITER

Mum’s the Word

A bit of parenting support is genius

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The billions spent on flowers dont say much about womens real status in the family. Picture: Getty/iStockphoto

Dani Garavelli: Mother’s Day can’t make up for the other 364

Before I start carping, I should point out that I like being a mother as much as the next person. As long as the next person is Medea. Only joking, kids. That’s the great thing about teenagers; they appreciate snark. The not-so-great thing is that, by the time you are reading this, my house will probably look like something out of Project X, due to a birthday party on Friday night to which I was not cordially invited.

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One in five of Scotland's children are living in poverty.

Shona Cardle: Sick children can cause extra hardship

Poverty’s devastating effect on the health of our youngest should come as no surprise. Across Scotland, families are often plunged into financial hardship as a direct consequence of a child’s ill health.

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Many mothers would be glad of time with their loved ones rather than cards and flowers

Nadine Pierce: Maybe mums would just like some family time

It’s that time of year where you’ve probably been bombarded with promotional emails with a Mother’s Day subject line, online adverts and pop-ups of a similar nature, not to mention posters plastered across the windows of every card store and signage throughout your local supermarket.

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Children are not being allowed to play outside until age 10. Picture: Contributed

Average age for allowing kids to play outside alone is 10

The average age for allowing children to “play out” alone is nearly 10.5 years – although parents with girls are more likely to let them play out alone at a slightly younger age than those with boys – a survey has revealed.

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Children are not being allowed to play outside until age 10. Picture: Contributed

Children not allowed to "play out" until age ten

The average age for allowing children to ‘play out’ alone is nearly 10.5 years - although parents with girls are more likely to let them play out alone at a slightly younger age than those with boys - a survey has revealed.

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More than two-thirds of parents worry about how they can save for costs which might occur. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

New baby costs a third of salary as parents pay £184 a week

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Nearly half of children believe they should be getting more pocket money. (PA Photo/thinkstockphotos)

Pocket money highest since 2007 - but children demand more

Pocket money is at its highest level since 2007 - but almost half of children think they should be getting more.

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JANET CHRISTIE ,  MAGAZINE WRITER

Mum’s the Word

Youngest and I make a data

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JANET CHRISTIE ,  MAGAZINE WRITER

Mum’s the Word

Apple trees and honey bees and anti-bacterial wipes

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Tackling poverty is just as important in helping children to grow. Picture: Getty/iStockphoto

Martin Crewe: Education alone will not close attainment gap

Education is key to unlocking the ­potential of Scotland’s children – but there are many locks and many other keys.

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Having children was linked with longer life, whether parents had a girl or a boy. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Parenthood helps you live longer, according to new research

Parenthood can make you live longer, research has suggested – with the benefits of having children persisting even when people reach the age of 80 and over.

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Tracy and Pete Akoun, with their daughters Nyobi, right, and Kenya, who were born a month apart. Picture: PA

Couple share joy over babies born to lesbian surrogates

A couple have spoken of their joy after becoming parents to children conceived with the help of two lesbian surrogate mothers.

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The number of births in Scotland has declined. Picture: Tony Marsh

Number of births in Scotland falls to 10-year low

The number of births in Scotland last year fell to its lowest level in a decade, official figures have revealed.

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JANET CHRISTIE ,  MAGAZINE WRITER

Mum’s the Word

As a global citizen Youngest wishes to highlight her roots

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Audit Scotland says that current approaches to social work services will not be sustainable in the long term. Picture: Esme Allan

Alex Matthews: Different thinking needed for social care

Social care services are under renewed pressure this year. They are caught between increasing demands, as more people are living for longer with more complex care needs, and decreasing budgets.

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JANET CHRISTIE ,  MAGAZINE WRITER

Mum’s the Word:

There’s a dead phone in the kitchen. Dropped in a puddle on Lothian Road. A puddle so big and deep it’s probably a hit on YouTube.

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Two-thirds of grandparents across the UK provide some form of childcare. Picture: Zoran Zeremski

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’s Mum’s the Word

It’s all made up anyway, isn’t it?

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