My younger son is doing his own washing! It’s a revolution

Life and style Empty nest? Not a chance At university, Zac is finally learning to fend for himself. Well, with help from the women in his...

This will be my third Christmas without Dad. I miss him and his food

Family I'll do it my way I miss Dad’s culinary skills and fighting my brother for the crispiest roast potato. I even miss being forced to...

A letter to … my mother – I’ll be relieved when you are in...

Family A letter to ... The letter you always wanted to write ‘Suddenly, I’d be flying across the room, your hand at my shoulder, your spittle-flecked face...

How we all become museums of our parents’ lives

Family When Debbie Johnson’s parents died, going through their possessions brought back memories, but one mug had a special resonance Debbie Johnson: ‘I feel as if...

‘I never knew whether I’d take my two premature babies home’

Family The premature birth of twins Albie and Reuben set off four traumatic months as they struggled to survive and their parents fought to cope....

Why I became a mother of dragons (well, chickens)

Family Are you a despairing middle-aged mother of teenagers? Do you have a small backyard and questions about your place in the world? Fear not,...

Tim Dowling: in my shed, I can hear myself think. I’m not sure I...

Family Tim Dowling's Weekend column My wife has seven keys to my shed. ‘This isn’t acceptable,’ I say. ‘We’re neighbours now’ ‘Were you expecting something?’ my wife...

My brother was held as a slave for 26 years

Family Alan drifted away from home in his 20s and, for 26 years, we didn’t even know if he was alive. Then we discovered the...

The joys of bringing a child into the world | Letters

Family Pamela Major responds to Mona Chalabi’s article on parenthood Photograph: KidStock/Getty Images/Blend Images Family The joys of bringing a child into the world Pamela Major responds to Mona...

My daughter is hurt at being rejected by the girl she called her best...

Family Problem solved She used to be a happy child, but this has hit her hard. How can I help her to stay resilient? Annalisa Barbieri...
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