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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.

Tom Hardy - as a bedtime storyteller on CBeebies

New Year’s Eve is usually a massive disappointment for parents of young children, writes working mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's children

I love Christmas. I love everything about it. The explosion of technicolour baubles that adorn our tree, the excess of rich food, the happy clappy music in every department store, the excuse to spend money, the lights, the tinsel, the school nativity, the anticipation, writes Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's son is excited about Santa's visit on December 24

Here is your spoiler alert: In the improbable event that your child gets hold of this page of the newspaper, do not let them read on - warns mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future

When I was a kid I was obsessed with my imagined vision of “life in the future” - which centered largely around the year 2015, writes Ellen Widdup.

Opinion: Happy 1st Birthday - and what a year it has been

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Ellen's youngest son

This week it was my son’s first birthday, writes Ellen Widdup.

Bonfire Night

When I was a kid, my dad would put on his own mini firework display for us every Bonfire Night, writes Ellen Widdup.

American tycoon Donald Trump

Fight or flight is fascinating, writes Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's husband and children

We’ve all heard of love at first sight, writes Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's mother-in-law and youngest son

I left London and moved up north at age 18, writes columnist Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's daughter wants her ears pierced

Getting my ears pierced was a teenage rite of passage, writes mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Opinion: Does magic really exist? A Suffolk mum shares her doubts

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Ellen's daughter and kitten

I am awfully sceptical of anyone or anything purporting to have magic powers, writes mother-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Ellen's kids

I said something awful to my daughter last week in the midst of one of our regular trivial spats – bedtime, her messy room, the fact that she rarely brushes her hair, writes Ellen Widdup.

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