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“It’s your parents’ first time living too”: What we can learn from my mum’s career change at 54

I recently sat down with my mum who, aged 54, left her career as a Family Liaison Officer provision to start a new job as a custody officer. She spoke…

Vaccinations for 12 to 15 year-olds – a case of consent and its wider implications

Last week the Health Secretary accepted the decision of the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) to start the vaccination roll-out for people aged 12-15 years old in Scotland. Beginning on…

Should parents be informed of their child’s welfare at university?

Parents have a right to know whether their children are suffering. From mental health issues to difficult relationships, from glandular fever to ludicrous flatmates – parents have a right to…

Unpackaging going home for the holidays

In the coming weeks more than a million undergraduate students across the UK will ditch the Arctic cold of their HMO flats and head to a place where the heating…

Children with depressed parents more likely to be fussy eaters

Image: nvainio (Flickr) It is well accepted that a parent’s eating habits can profoundly affect those of their children. However, new research would suggest that an adult’s mental health issues,…

Parents in pyjamas set a bad example

Primary School headteacher Kate Chisholm came under fire last week for sending a letter to parents asking that they get dressed to bring their children to school. Chisholm had noticed…