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British Woman, 59, Pursues Infertility Treatments

Susan Tollefson gave birth at 57. Credit: Jenny Goodall, Solo / ZUMA Press
A 59-year-old London woman and the mother of a 2-year-old may just be the oldest UK citizen to ever be offered in-virto fertilization. Government guidelines in ...

Personal Shopping for Babies is Big in Britain

When it comes to shopping, some moms spare no expense to style their tots. Credit: jupiterimages
From the you've got to be kidding me files: Apparently, there are parents in England who are so rich and style-conscious that hiring personal shopper...

Parents Say Pornographic Candy Wrappers Are Not All That Sweet

A dad was disturbed by what he saw on his kids' candy wrapper. Credit: Europics / CEN
A British father got his knickers in a twist after seeing what he believes are pornographic images depicted on candy wrappers. Simon Simpkins of West York...

British Soccer Star Has Ultrasound Party

Coleen and Wayne Rooney shared their ultrasound with friends and family. Credit: X17online
For most, childbirth and everything leading up to it is a private affair. For others, it's a public display of affection. Wayne and Coleen Rooney, a f...

Barbie Girls in a Barbie World - At the Prom?

Teens are all dolled up for prom. Image: Mikael Buck, Solentnews.biz
Prom has always been about going over the top on the glam front, but two British girls have gone to new and unusual lengths: They had themselves delivered to their prom in life...

Twin Saves Sister Through Telepathy

Upon receiving an email with the subject line "Fwd: Twin Saves Sister With Telepathy - For Realz!" our first reaction was "HOAX". In this case, though, the story is true. At least according to London's "Daily Mirror." Here's the scoop: 15-year-old...

Teen Mother Told To Keep Quiet About Other Boys

The girlfriend of underage dad Alfie Patten, Chantelle Stedman, was instructed by her own mother to tell the British press that the 13-year-old schoolboy was the father of her new baby, despite the fact that this might not be true, according to The D...

The Hokey-Pokey - What's It All About?

Everyone knows the routine -- you put your right hand in, you put your right hand out, and so on. Pretty darn innocuous, right? Well, it seems that in England, a lot of people have gotten upset about the 50's dance craze because they believe some peo...

Single Dad Shunned at Swimming Pool

Certainly, Phillip Smith's two sons, five-year-old Jake and three-year-old Aiden need to be supervised when in a swimming pool. How much supervision they require depends upon a number of factors: their familiarity with and abilities in the water, the...

England to pay parents to walk to school

My son's school is a little over three miles from our house; according to Google Maps, it would take about an hour to walk there. Unfortunately, we don't have that kind of time in the morning nor could the kids handle such a trek and still have a pro...

British scouts to get condoms

The British version of the Boy Scouts has issued new guidelines which instruct troop leaders to hand out condoms "if they believe [a scout] is very likely to begin or continue having intercourse with or without contraception." In addition, they are e...

Snitching on students

As a teacher, here in the U.S., my wife is required to report suspected cases of child abuse or endangerment. If she sees or hears something that indicates there could be a problem, she is obligated to contact child protective services. I'm okay with...

A return to caning

According to the Times, one in five teachers in the UK would like to be able to use corporal punishment in the classroom. Children's behaviour, they say, has deteriorated so much that they feel the need to hit the children. "There is justification .....

HIV testing for teens

England's Department of Health is recommending that everyone, starting at age fifteen, in some parts of the country be offered an HIV test by their doctor. The reason is to make the test seem more routine. "Until recently it was regarded as something...

Gangs getting new members due to missing role models

In what shouldn't surprise anyone who has thought even the least bit about these sorts of issues, a lack of positive role models in their lives is leading to gang membership for many British kids, according to the Prince's Trust, an organization that...

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