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Hello from Mumsnet HQ......Where we've been putting the finishing touches to the brilliant Mumsnet Christmas cards. They go on sale tomorrow, with all the money raised going to Kids Company. So that's the cards sorted, but what about presents? Mumsnet toy reviews have been spruced up in time for Christmas shopping, so make sure you have a look at how other parents rate toys and gifts before you start buying.
Now for this week's parenting news ...Four children a week die from abuse: Up to four children die each week in England from abuse or neglect, according to official figures. The report, from Ofsted, makes clear that the death of Baby P was far from an isolated tragedy. Ofsted found 282 vulnerable children – many of them already known to social services – died in the 17-month period to the end of August. Two-thirds of those killed or hurt were babies aged less than a year old (Times 20.11.08).
Other stories in briefHundreds of primary schools in England will be rebuilt, it was announced this week, as the government promised £1.75bn for building work (BBC Online 14.11.08); parents believe watching TV can have a positive influence on their children, says a report by Dr Tanya Byron, who was commissioned by digital TV service Freeview to survey parents' views via Mumsnet (Daily Telegraph 19.11.08); the computer crash has overtaken the family dog's appetite as the number one excuse for pupils who haven't done their homework, according to a teachers' survey (Times 19.11.08); family maths classes and arithmetic-themed coffee mornings for parents could help improve standards in the subject in primary schools, the government spending watchdog said this week (Times 19.11.08); mums are better drivers than dads, say most children - they think fathers tend to be aggressive, drive too fast, and lose their tempers too quickly in the driving seat (Daily Mail 18.11.08); a father who spent a night in police cells because he was seen smacking his son's bottom has made an official complaint and demanded an apology (Times 18.11.08).
CompetitionsPrizes galore to win this week:
Quote of the weeksfxmum on her how her DP would respond if she texted to say 'I love you': "Mine would think I had been taken hostage and it was code, police would be at the door enquiring after my welfare."
Carmenere's recipe of the week:
Bozza's turkey meatloaf
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, so if you want to make a homesick Yank feel welcome without going the whole hog, try this recipe for turkey meatloaf. Turkey's cheap, tasty and not just for Christmas - but please don't serve it with sweet potatoes covered in marshmallows (boak).
That's your lot for this week. We're off to muster some Dutch courage for Saturday's do.
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