Thumb Blowing – The New & Very Dangerous Fainting Game for Teens

I’ve just been interviewed by about a 12 year old who was hospitalised and in a coma as he had a serious reaction to “Thumb Blowing”  the “fainting game”. It all seems rather dangerous and foolish as teenagers squat with their hands down  and blow until they hyperventilate  & then stand up and take a big breath and […]

Pills & Pregnancy – the truly shocking truth

k   As the shocking BBC Panorama report ‘Pills & Pregnancy’ hits the headlines – a campaign organised by  the very wonderful Emma Murphy  about the shocking truth about FACS Syndrome, I thought it would be helpful to  tell you about the Top 30 Autism Spectrum Blogs to give you support & help. Emma is […]

Nigella Lawson: from domestic goddess to the face of domestic violence?

When Rhianna was badly beaten up by her boyfriend Chris Brown I took the opportunity to talk with my daughter about domestic violence. Having fame, money and status doesn’t seem to lessen the probability that 25% of women suffer domestic violence of some sort. I was greatly saddened to see the photos of Nigella Lawson in the papers […]

What WILL it take for Google to block child porn?

My heart goes out to the family of 5 year old April Jones and I really think it’s time for Google and Microsoft to take moral leadership and responsibility to act over the shocking ease with which some people are allowed to use the internet to fuel their perversion. Mark Bridger, sentenced yesterday to spend the rest […]

Read my interview in The Sunday Times

I’m delighted to have been interviewed for The Sunday Times today as I’m speaking on One Page Profiles at The Sunday Times Education Festival on 22nd June. Here’s the link to read what I have to say about class sizes in schools ! What we’d change now.

Kids won’t sleep, can’t sleep? Try this.

Sometimes the reason for your child finding it difficult to sleep is that their room is too colourful, too stimulating and just too plain overwhelming.   One tip is to strip back your child’s brightly coloured bedroom and reduce the stimulating toys  in an effort to help them sleep. What do you think ? A good idea? Let me […]

Most toddlers know the F*** word before they know the alphabet !

    I’m discussing swearing on BBC Radio Wales as most children learn how to swear before they  even know the alphabet, according to a new book that examines bad language and  its origins out today. English speakers also use a swear word on  average once in every 140 words, roughly the same proportion as the […]

Would you smack your friend’s child for being naughty ?

I’ve just been interviewed by BBC Radio Birmingham  discussing this article where an assistant in Boots tapped a 3 year old child who had been knocking  bottles of bleach off from a shelf. I know myself falling out with a friend on holiday who let her 3 year old spit at his Dad and was allowed to rub […]

How do I get my kids more into the News?

I spent a lot of time talking to parents about how to protect their children from watching the News when it is on a constant loop of disasters or bad, negative stories. But as children grow up and mature they need to be more aware of the wider world around them so I read with […]

Are our kids growing up too quickly nowadays?

Today I was on BBC Three Counties Radio and The Vanessa Feltz Show on BBC Radio London discussing the NetMums Survey suggesting that kids are all grown up at 12 these days instead of at 16 in previous generations. Click on the link to read more in The Daily Mirror I want you to do something […]

Breastfeeding: A key tool to beat hunger so no child is born to die.

  There is a very powerful campaign from Save The Children launching today about breastfeeeding. “We have made dramatic progress, stopping children dying from preventable disease over the last decade, down from 12 million to 6.9 million in the last decade. But whilst there are fewer children dying, we’re not making the progress we should […]