Children

Mary solves your problems: What do you say when a screaming child is ruining your lunch?

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Q. My wife and I were having lunch in our local bistro. A boy of about two was wandering around…

Over-protective parents are making kids miserable – and fat

28 October 2017 9:00 am

We think we are protecting children but we are harming them

If you don't let children take risks, you are damaging them

28 October 2017 9:00 am

A bit of risk is good for the young

Pensions, children and the gender gap

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Motherhood and family life can limit women’s ability to save – we need to start getting smart now, says Laura Whitcombe

I wish radio was more like I remember it as a child

24 June 2017 9:00 am

This week’s column is dedicated to my mother who loved her radio and encouraged us to be listeners. Without her,…

How to banish the scary jihadi monsters

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Saturday evening in Durham. My in-laws and I had just begun our usual postprandial shout about Donald Trump when my…

Dear Mary: how do you excuse yourself from a dull conversation?

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Q. My mother always told me that only boring people are bored. However she never got stuck at a drinks…

Dear Mary: my friends’ annoying habit when referring to their toddlers

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Q. Most of my friends have small children and being mostly media types in west London, have given them silly…

Britain’s morals are regressing. We need a Social Highway Code

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Why it’s time to establish a Social Highway Code

Dear Mary: How to make your 15-year-old daughter behave

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Q. I’ve listened to the radio to deal with insomnia for years (Dear Mary, 18 February) and your suggestion of…

Can I bear to sack the digital babysitter?

18 February 2017 9:00 am

I was astonished to discover in conversation with another dad last week that he and his wife intended to introduce…

Poor Boy. He’s going to end up just like me

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Boy is planning his gap year. Every few hours he rings from school to give me a progress report. ‘I’m…

A portrait of group delusion: BBC1’s The Moorside reviewed

11 February 2017 9:00 am

With the Shannon Matthews story, it’s not easy to accentuate the positive — but BBC1’s The Moorside (Tuesday) is having…

The countless ways in which horses improve our lives

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Countless lives are improved by contact with horses. Changes to business rates threaten that

Death trap: Gytha Parmentier and Roman Van Houtven in ‘Us/Them’ at the Dorfman

Clever, genial and splendidly eccentric: Raising Martha reviewed

28 January 2017 9:00 am

David Spicer’s farce Raising Martha opens with a skeleton being disinterred on a frog farm by animal-rights activists. They hope…

Hell is other people’s dogs – Michael and Sarah’s, for instance

5 November 2016 9:00 am

I’ve now just about reached that delightful stage in life where you’re no longer exposed to the horrors of other…

George Cruikshank’s illustration for ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens

Mutton, potatoes and ale – how children ate in the 19th century

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Modern Britain scratches its head over children who are overfed, not underfed, while guilt-ridden mothers stand accused of feeding children…

A terrifying lunch in CBeebies Land

17 September 2016 9:00 am

CBeebies Land is a small dystopia inside Alton Towers, a theme park where people sometimes get their legs chopped off…

History shows us that children are no asset for a prime minister

16 July 2016 9:00 am

When you are recovering from a stroke, you spend much of the time asleep. But when you are not sleeping,…

The day that Brexit camped in my kitchen

18 June 2016 9:00 am

On Thursday last week, as the baby and I were moving in our usual slow circles around the house, from…

Dear Mary: the thorny issue of a toddler playing music on a phone

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Q. My daughters and I were recently taking our seats on an aeroplane. From behind us came the recorded refrain…

Generation Snowflake: how we train our kids to be censorious cry-babies

4 June 2016 9:00 am

We’re training our children to be thin-skinned, censorious and belligerently entitled

The many, many resting places of St Thomas à Becket

28 May 2016 9:00 am

A man in full A relic said to contain a fragment of St Thomas à Becket’s elbow arrived from Hungary for…

How baby names got so weird

23 April 2016 9:00 am

How Wolf and Skylar pushed out John and Mary

A dispatch from a family of fooshers

2 April 2016 9:00 am

I’d like this to have been one of those Spectator diaries that gives the ordinary reader a glimpse into the…