Author: Louise Wheeler

Review: IVF Matters, the online fertility clinic

IVF Matters is the UK’s first online fertility hub. This internet-based clinic offers consultations, advice, tests and treatments from some of the country’s leading practitioners. From initial tests to counselling, the website aims to provide a one-stop resource that can help you maximise your chances of having a baby. We review IVF Matters The idea behind IVF Matters is simple. The website allows you to find and book a full range of fertility services at the click of a button. These service are broken down into sections: Consultation, Laboratory, & Ultrasound.  Each of the sections offers a number of...

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SnapperTime: The new website that rewards kids for giving up screen time

What’s the easiest way to cut kids’ screen time? Simple! Just set up some ‘alternative fun’ and lure them away with a little bit of good-old-fashioned bribery. That’s the premise behind SnapperTime, the latest offering from Whippersnapper, the kids’ entertainment website. Stop! It’s SnapperTime! When we say ‘bribery’, we mean it in the best possible sense. The SnapperTime website presents children with a variety of challenges. Complete the challenges and the kids’ can earn rewards for their whole family. The challenges are divided into five different categories: Arty Farty; Super Science; Great Outdoors; Tasty Treats; and Super Hero.  Each...

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Primark recalls children’s legging over choking risk

Primark has recalled its ‘novelty cat leggings’ for children, following concerns that they could pose a safety risk. The grey leggings have cat faces on the ankles. They are potentially dangerous because the bows on the cats can detached and present a choking hazard. The novelty cat leggings were on sale in the UK between 8 November 2016 to 22 February 2017. In a statement on its website, Primark said: “We have found a potential issue with the security of the bow attachment within the product that may become detached and present a potential choking hazard.” “With the safety...

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School bans parents from using mobile phones at the school gates

A primary school in Middlesbrough has banned parents from using their mobile phones at the school gates, urging them to greet their child instead. St Joseph’s RC Primary is asking parents and carers to put away their mobiles after noticing that some adults are engrossed by screens rather than their children during the school run. The school is encouraging parents to stick to the rule by putting up signs that read: ‘Greet your child with a smile, not a mobile.’ St Joseph’s headteacher, Liz King, said the aim of the campaign is to remind parents to talk to their...

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Book Review – ‘Lucky Boy’ explores illegal immigration, infertility and adoption

Where do you ‘belong’ when you’re child of an illegal immigrant? Shanthi Sekaran’s second novel, Lucky Boy, imagines the fate of a child without legal status who is torn between two families. Baby Ignacio is loved by two mothers. Soli, an 18-year-old illegal immigrant in the U.S., gives birth to Ignacio in California after a long and traumatic journey from her home town in Mexico. Kavya, an American-Indian, desperately wants a child of her own. When Soli is arrested and placed in an immigrant detention centre, Kavya takes Ignacio into her care. Finally she can be the doting mother...

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