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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.

My husband is never referred to as a “working father”, writes Ellen Widdup.

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

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.

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

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