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SWINE FLU VACCINATION: NOW AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN. Young children over six months and under five years old are now being offered the swine-flu vaccine to help protect them from swine flu and its possible complications. You'll hear about vaccination arrangements from your GP or local health service.
Hello from Mumsnet Towers...
Where we're pulling on our trainers and hauling our biscuited bodies into training ahead of the MN Marathon Relay in March. We're hoping to raise lots of dosh for Macmillan Cancer Care, who so brilliantly supported Twink (and many other MNers) through the toughest of times. Do join us if you can.
If we really can't persuade you to run, we hope you'll at least let us jog your memory of family-holiday-hilarity past – and inspire you to post your sunniest, funniest tales.
Now for this week's parenting news...
Families are election battleground: Labour and the Tories have been setting out their plans to support families – expected to be a key election battleground. Labour says it will change the law so that, if parents split up, grandparents will not have to go to court to apply for contact with their grandchildren. It also says it will give fathers more support in bringing up children. The Conservatives have accused Labour of stealing its policies, especially on grandparents' rights. Labour's Families and Relationship Green Paper, released this week, sets out a wide range of measures designed to support "all families". Under Labour's plans, separating couples will be strongly encouraged to seek mediation, rather than going to the family courts to settle problems. (BBC News 20.01.10)
Parents' burnout 'contagious': Parents' career disillusionment can be 'contagious', leading their offspring to lose interest in schoolwork. So say Finnish researchers, who believe parents' negative attitudes can cause youngsters to fear they are falling behind their classmates and become exhausted. The effect is most pronounced, they claim, between fathers and sons and between mothers and daughters – and the recession may only be making the problem worse. (Daily Telegraph 21.01.10)
DO YOUR CHILDREN LOVE THEIR SCHOOL MEALS? Are you (and were you) a fan when you were at school? The School Food Trust are looking for adults and children to appear in a video promoting school dinners. If you think you might be interested in taking part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Other stories in brief
Quote of the week
ShowOfHands does a crackling cracking bit of eavesdropping: "Two girls chatting in the waiting room: 'Will you have a swine flu jab?' 'Nah, it's a conspiracy, innit?' 'You reckon?' 'Yeah, we don't even have pigs in this country.'"
This month's prizes are:
YOUR BEST BOOK OF 2009? We'd love what you think were the best books to be published in hardback or paperback in 2009, so we can hand out a coveted and dazzling MN award to the most popular title. You can upload as many reviews as you like – and do please feel free to comment on other folks' choices.
Looking for a day out? Mumsnetters say try:
Aitch's TV round-up: The Slumdog Children of Mumbai, Thurs 21 Jan, C4, 9pm
In stark contrast to Gordon Ramsay's patronising curry odyssey, this excellent documentary simply and starkly follows the daily lives of four children who manage to survive in the slums of Mumbai. Salam, for example, is an irrepressibly cute 11 year old who would almost certainly have caught Danny Boyle's eye when he was casting his Oscar-laden film. He has run away from his father's abusive new wife and, within three weeks, is part of a begging gang run by a 'big brother' figure who may yet turn out to be no less wicked than his stepmother...
Recipe of the week: yeahinaminute's cheating chicken and leek pie
Allow us to introduce you to our most-searched-for Mumsnet recipe. And no wonder: it's a veritable taste-tickling cinch of chook and seasonal veg proportions. We particularly like the prep step about plonking your kids in front of the telly...
Review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?
That's all, we're off to find some Deep Heat and a blister plaster...
NEWS FROM MUMSNET LOCAL! Hats - or, rather, crowns - off to our lovely new MN Local Tsarinas Quietaddict, BertieBotts, Thebreastmilksonme and Pippinkid. If you fancy being a Tsarina for your Local site, please email us at email@example.com and we'll shower you with unseemly amounts of gratitude and let you know what it all involves.
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