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Five parenting pitfalls
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Five parenting pitfalls

Thanks to social media, other people's parenting styles have never been more visible, writes Shelley Bridgeman.

Shelley Bridgeman: Mrs, Ms, and now Mx?
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Shelley Bridgeman: Mrs, Ms, and now Mx?

Shelley Bridgeman believed "Ms" would spell the end for "Miss" and "Mrs". But that hasn't exactly happened. And now there's another title to grapple with: Meet Mx.

What about 'school-condoned' truancy?
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What about 'school-condoned' truancy?

Taking children out of school has been described as "parent-condoned truancy". But parents aren't the only ones taking kids out of the classroom, argues Shelley Bridgeman.

Should being fat be celebrated?
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Should being fat be celebrated?

OPINION: There is the "fat acceptance", and even "fat celebration". But, Shelley Bridgeman asks, is it in our interest to be waving the flag for fat bodies?

The question you should never ask
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The question you should never ask

OPINION: It's often used as a casual icebreaker, an easy conversation starter, but there's one question Shelley Bridgeman believes you should never ask.

Your Christmas meal's sad origins
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Your Christmas meal's sad origins

Is there any traditional food you can happily put on your table this Christmas? Shelley Bridgeman discusses why your holiday ham is probably not happy.

A second look at sexism
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A second look at sexism

In her second instalment of 'Sexism is alive and well', Shelley Bridgeman dissects stories where the dynamic between men and women is skewed, deeply problematic and even abusive.

A fix for the meat-eating debate
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A fix for the meat-eating debate

Shelley Bridgeman has decided to stop beating herself up for allowing her appetite to occasionally triumph over ethical concerns.

The seven dangers of car parks
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The seven dangers of car parks

Public car-parks can be dangerous places, writes Shelley Bridgeman. Apart from distracted drivers who could run into you, there are many traps for unsuspecting motorists.

Can you take food in to a restaurant?
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Can you take food in to a restaurant?

Like anything, Shelley Bridgeman writes, it's all about context. So when is it appropriate to take food into a restaurant? There are three main factors to consider.