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Hanging out with my 9-year-old is like drinking from the fountain of youth
I won't be contradicting my son on my age – he thinks I'm 22 and I'm happy to let it stay that way
Why you owe your date nothing if it doesn't work out
Ignore demands for money in the face of a lack of success, there's no transaction when it comes to love
Why February should just go away and take winter with it
Seasonal Affective Disorder is kicking in – surely it's time for spring and the sun to come out?
Why a Valentine's Day dinner party will get you over disappointment
Don't fork out on an expensive restaurant, invite your friends over and dodge the naked commercialism of this chocolate makers' holiday
Why Deliveroo might turn my kitchen into a library
Convenience apps are set to transform us into gelatinous, lounging blobs as we use our mobile phones to satisfy all out needs
Experts are not experts if they're experts in everything
Celebrities have an unparalleled ability to opine publicly. But just because you can, doesn't mean to say you should
Why Spanx will always beat fad dieting for weight loss
Trying the Marine Commando diet and eating a lot of eggs before deciding to stick to Lycra shapewear instead
What does the Chinese Year of the Rooster hold for you?
Whether you're a Rabbit or a Tiger, the Rooster is now king. So does the Chinese Horoscope tell you to be chicken or cock-of-the-walk? Witch Of The Wharf puts on her wellies and hits the farmyard
Uh-oh, here come the waterworks
How the female art of the telling teardrop starts at an early age – then becomes difficult to plug
Why 2017 is the year to follow your dreams
Author and columnist Angela Clarke says pursuing your interests won't be what you imagine but will better your expectations as she publishes her third book Watch Me
Why January is all about the hustle as we head into the New Year
The magic of Christmas has passed but we must embrace 2017 with a web of lies that will get us through the first few months
Your stars for 2017
Romance, career, health and outlook – the Witch of the Wharf has gazed into the heavens and can offer some telling advice
6 things to do if your boiler breaks down in winter
Embrace Victorian living without the child poverty, bake things, wear all your clothes and never, ever, mention the electricity bill – who needs gas anyway?
If have-it-all celeb mums can't win, what hope for us?
Angelina Jolie, Zoe Ball, Naomi Watts – they had the partners, the kids, the glittering career – but at what cost?
Let's talk dirty and the miracle of muck
Despite worries about germs, nature has given us the tools to keep us healthy
Oh, to pack it all in and head off round the world
Is 'global unschooling' the preserve of the super-rich or should everyone have a go for the sake of a healthy family life?
The joys and perils of eavesdropping
Tuning in to other people's conversations there's always a story – and if there isn't, you can always make one up
Do our spoiled children know the joy of simple things?
A teacher friend found a new lease of life in Africa where children are excited to learn and live in a culture of make, do and mend – not throw away and strop
Those three little words that I dread – back to school
I've fallen out of the routine of drilled mornings, packed lunches, school gate obligations and alarm clocks
The modern parent's dilemma – the iPad as pacifier
He's been out playing, excited and engaged. I'm dreading parking him back in front of the telly but what can I do?
How disgusting double dippers leave wreckage in their wake
The social faux pas, outed by Seinfeld, is alive and well and, according to scientists, causing chaos by the cracker load
Why Sir Mick Jagger eighth child is no surprise to me
There's little wonder Melanie Hamrick fell for the 72-year-old Rolling Stones singer – he's The Man With The Dancing Eyes, after all
Forget Westminster, the school gate is the true home of division
Mums have coalesced into rival factions with only one question on their lips – who's with who in the Big Classroom Split
Why letters of note are a thing of the past
Comments and emojis are the legacy of our generation rather than considered passages of poetry or prose