By Isobel Skyes
I left Scotland 10 years ago in a bashed up Ford Fiesta and all my belongings in a box. I returned 7 years later with considerably more baggage in the shape of 1.5 kids, a husband, a teaching degree and a lorry 60% full of plastic toys that bleeped. I was 40 weeks pregnant with an apparent future footballer and our daughter was just 3. Had we stayed in England, she would have been starting school the following summer at the tender age of 4. I was apprehensive. From what I had experienced in my teaching career so far it all felt a bit too soon, so I was delighted to discover that as a February born baby in Scotland, her and her January born peers would be entitled to defer their school start date by a year. Not only that but she would automatically be entitled to an extra year of nursery funding.
By Ian Noble
Having worked in schools all over the world I’ve noticed a pretty disturbing trend. Kids are terrible at colouring in! They’re all over the place. Sections not filled in properly, colours don’t seem to matter - green elephants, pink and blue zebras and what is Rudolph the purple nose reindeer all about? Colours are scratched on top of each other and pretty much every single line on the page has crossed into the zone of no return, which everyone knows was never designed to have colour in it.
By Jennifer Broatch, Associate, Family law team at Thorntons Law, Edinburgh
Surrogacy is an age old practice, which has taken place informally for many years, however has recently been in the media spotlight, principally for two main reasons.
With food allergies and intolerances on the increase, what’s the difference between them and how can we help sufferers?
If it seems that every second person you meet is giving up gluten or deciding to ditch dairy, then you’d be right. Figures from Allergy UK state that almost half of the population have intolerances to various foods, 48% of adults suffer from more than one allergy and the rate of hospital admissions for anaphylaxis has increased by a whopping 615% over the past two decades - in the UK alone. Studies suggest that as many as 1 in 3 of the population believe they have allergies, but many remain undiagnosed.
By Rachel Hein
You’ve decided you would like to have some family photos taken, so how do you choose the best photographer to take them?
When you hear the word ‘cobweb’ I bet you think of old houses, dusty light fittings and out-of-reach spiders in the corners of your room. Luckily, I am talking about the cobwebs in your mind not in your house.
Taking time to reflect on the past 12 months might sound a bit woo-woo to the average busy mum, but Heidi Scrimgeour reckons you’ll be glad you did.
My daughter likes to hold wriggling worms in her bare hands. I writhe inside, struggling with my own biophobia, a term to describe a fear of the outdoors, the biological, the natural. Soil, bugs, spiders, all that.