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ellen widdup

Over the past five years, Ellen Widdup’s 2.4 Children column – later 3.4 children – has been described as a “wonderfully accurate portrait of family life” and “a breath of fresh air.” While her critics have labelled it “thoroughly irritating.” And one went as far as saying “this woman is both crass and nauseating”.

This week, to mark Mother’s Day, Ellen Widdup writes an open letter to her own beloved mother.

I go by many names. On Starbucks cups, I’m “Alan”. The baristas in Ipswich are real jokers.

I sometimes wonder if my son thinks he has two mothers, writes Ellen Widdup.

My daughter has never been into dolls, writes Ellen Widdup.

health & fitness

Debbie Brous has no doubt about the difference special exercise sessions have made to her daughter, Bella.

A Suffolk salon has made it through to the semi-finals of a prestigious national competition after impressing some of the most influential names in hairdressing.

Suffolk nutritionist and superfood chef Juliette Bryant shares her knowledge and recipes each week, helping us to eat and feel much healthier...

Young sports men and women in Stowmarket have a unique opportunity to gain thousands of pounds of sponsorship from the leisure centre.

The search is on to find the UK’s best up-and-coming stylist as ‘Create the Look’ returns for 2017.

lynne mortimer

What is this new generation we are rearing

I have in mind a new celebrity reality show, writes Lynne Mortimer. It’s sort of Through the Keyhole-cum-Car Booty in which celebrities are forced to clear out their garages because, let’s face it, most garages are little more than spacious cupboards.

A nice young girl from Dickleburgh, Asked her new boyfriend to tickle ‘er... and so begins a classic unfinished limerick challenge. Lynne Mortimer celebrates the nonsense poet Edward Lear and his shorter works.

superdad will lodge

Superdad Will Lodge asks how protective is over-protective?

Opinion: Will Lodge – When bed comes a-calling

Monday, August 29, 2016

Superdad Will Lodge looks at being apart and bedding down.

Superdad Will Lodge imagines what it is like inside a child’s mind.

thrifty living

I have what can only be called a troubled history when it comes to growing my own veg, writes Sheena Grant.

I’d be prepared to hazard a guess that most people have never heard of ethylene, writes Sheena Grant.

Autum is often seen as the season of most fruitful foraging as shrubs and plants produce all manner of berries and nuts that helped get generations of our forebears through the dark days of winter, writes Sheena Grant.

You might wonder how your children are ever going to learn to manage money responsibly when the messages of modern throwaway society seem fixated on evermore consumption, writes Sheena Grant.

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