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Ellen's children

There are many vocations that require people to work closely with their natural opponents, writes Suffolk mum Ellen Widdup as she confesses she never follows through with her wild threats.

Opinion: Wherever you look, Suffolk parents are under attack

Monday, February 13, 2017
Ellen's youngest son

The criticism of our parenting skils comes from all sides. We are over-involved or overly permissive. We are over-protective, over-sensitive, over-zealous. We over-diagnose, over-medicate and over-accommodate our kids, who are hideously overindulged, writes Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's youngest son

This week working mum-of-three Ellen Widdup, from Suffolk, looks at how our attitudes to parenting change as our families grow.

Ellen's picture of her mother under 'The Love Sculpture' in Manhattan

Last week an American girl came to work in our office, writes working mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's youngest son is starting early

I’ve never really understood the fanfare and sponsorship that goes alongside the annual attempts to abstain from booze, writes Ellen Widdup.

health & fitness

Juliette Bryant with a healthy chocolate smoothie

Forget most of what you thought you knew about dieting and healthy eating, says nutritionist Juliette Bryant.

Essex Girls’ Night Out!

Saturday, December 3, 2016
It's all about making an effort and having fun with your friends

How Leanne and Tracy went back to the Roaring Twenties, with the help of their friends

Laughing helps us stay young

“My philosophy is that we are all still kids at heart, only older. It is important to stay curious about new things and have fun! We don’t stop laughing when we die; we die when we stop laughing!” says Dr. Hilary Jones.

Video: Get fit with Jack Cardy and HIIT

Friday, September 2, 2016
Jack Cardy

lynne mortimer

Lynne is going bra free

In search of a new freedom, Lynne Mortimer has decided to let it all hang out... or rather, down, as she ditches the D-cups.

Charles Dickens was born in February 1812

Charles Dickens was born in February 1812 and, in his lifetime as a journalist and author he visited East Anglia on many occasions – he reported an election in Ipswich and (apocryphally) a hanging at Norwich Castle.

Umpire Arnaud Gabas, of France, holds his face after being hit by a ball during first-round Davis Cup tennis match action between Canada's Denis Shapovalov and Britain's Kyle Edmund. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian Davis cup player Denis Shapovalov this week said he was “incredibly ashamed and embarrassed” after his default for hitting the umpire in the eye with a ball.

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Superdad Will Lodge

Superdad Will Lodge asks how protective is over-protective?

Opinion: Will Lodge – When bed comes a-calling

Monday, August 29, 2016
The Lodge family, Mitchell, Gemma, Mila, Seth, Will and Finley.

Superdad Will Lodge looks at being apart and bedding down.

Superdad Will Lodge

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

thrifty living

Sheena has just used the last of her Christmas sprouts to make a soup

Suffolk mum Sheena Grant is single-handedly tackling food waste by using up her leftover Christmas veg - in February.

The night sky provides hours of free entertainment. 
Picture: James Hilder/PA

The natural world is the friend of the thrifty, writes Sheena Grant as she continues her endeavour to life a less costly existence.

How much do you spend on coffee each year?

I like to think I’ve had some success since I’ve been trying to live more thriftily, writes Sheena Grant.

Shopping in Ipswich town centre - but is it really a bargain? Only if you actually need it.

In life, there are shades of grey in many areas. Not everything is black and white, writes Sheena Grant, who has vowed to live a thriftier existence.

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