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Where we've been wowed by this month's Book Club choice, The Hand That First Held Mine <we-love-Lexie-chant>. Allcomers welcome to our discussion with Maggie O'Farrell on 25 May. Diarise, book clubbers.
The latest addition to our Learning section is literacy - how it's taught in school and what you can do at home to help any literacy-averse offspring. It covers spelling, punctuation, handwriting and more.
Now for this week's parenting news...
'Hardest hit' protest: Thousands of disabled people staged a protest in central London against the Coalition's welfare reforms and their impact on the disability living allowance (DLA). Organisers of the Hardest Hit Protest say the the DLA cuts, benefit changes and local service cutbacks will leave 1.48 million disabled people worse off by a total of £374m. (BBC News 11.05.11; join the discussion on Talk)
Breastfed children 'better behaved': Children who were breastfed for four months (or more) as babies tend to have fewer behavioural problems at the age of five. So say UK researchers, in a controversial new study, maintaining their findings hold firm, even after taking into account that breastfeeding mothers tend to be older, better educated and better off. (BBC News 10.05.11; join the discussion on Talk)
Other stories in brief
Quote of the week: MadamDeathStare worries for Gransnet users if her mother signs up: "You think MadamDeathstare is an intimidating username? What about MotherofMadamDeathstare? The only worse thing would be if there was Catsnet and DeathCat1 joined. She's like Margaret Thatcher but covered in fur."
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Aitch's TV round-up: Doctor Who, Monday 14 May, BBC1, 6.30pm
THIS IS THE NEIL GAIMAN EPISODE! <jumps up and down>. From the looks of the promo, Karen McDonald off Corrie can't do a super-posh English accent as well as she thinks, Rory's in danger again and they're in a city of scrap. Official BBC literature describes it thusly: "The Doctor receives a distress signal from an old friend. Could there really be another living Time Lord out there? Hopes raised, he follows the signal to a junkyard planet sitting upon a mysterious asteroid in a Bubble universe, populated by a very strange family." But, basically, all they needed to say was: "IT'S THE NEIL GAIMAN EPISODE!"
Discuss this show (and others) on our Telly Addicts Talk board.
Recipe of the week: Justanormalmum's Choc, cherry and hazelnut flapjack
Simple, sticky and sweet – with a cherry (or three) on top. What more could a snack-seeker want?
You can review this recipe here - or why not upload one of your own?
That's all from us. We're off to scrub Catsnet off our to-do list...
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