Children

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Are smartphones really making our children sad?

US psychologist Jean Twenge, who has claimed that social media is having a malign affect on the young, answers critics who accuse her of crying wolf Last week, the childrens commissioner, Anne Longfield, responded to the campaign. The assumption that time online or in front of a screen is life wasted needs challenging. It is

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Lonely? Its time to brush up your intimacy skills

Improving our ability to be more intimate in relationships is just another skill, like learning a language, says the neuroscientist Giovanni Frazzetto Giovanni Frazzetto speaks with a thin voice, barely louder than our footsteps; we are walking around St Stephens Green in Dublin. To hear, Ihave to lean in. At first Ithink hes shy, but

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My sister turned out to be my mum

When Sue Walsh was seven, her world changed for ever. She was told her glamorous sister wasnt who she thought she was. At first, she was beside herself with joy, but there was another revelation to come Sit down, Susan, said my father. Ive got something to tell you. I sat down, nervously smoothing my

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Is our smartphone addiction damaging our children? | Rowan Davies

Research has found a link between technoference and poor child behaviour. The need for light relief is very human, but perhaps we can find a happier balance A technology-based interruptions in parentchild interactions a phenomenon known as technoference, which Im fairly sure was a club night in Stockwell in the 1990s could be associated with

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Our twins were born two years apart

Although my children were conceived through IVF at the same time, the embryo that became my son was frozen for two years before being implanted. How will their birth order affect them? Our son and daughter were conceived at the same time, while we were in the cafe at Ikea Croydon (a convenient place for

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Boko Haram kidnaps 22 girls and women in north-east Nigeria

Attackers loyal to faction headed by Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, son of Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf Boko Haram Islamists have abducted 22 girls and women in two separate raids in north-east Nigeria, residents and vigilantes said. In the first attack on Thursday, the jihadists raided the village of Pulka near the border with Cameroon where