How To Argue With People Less Wise Than You (i.e. teens)

Conflicts are important because they can lead to solutions, treaties and hugs (always welcome here). But arguing well is a skill that needs regular practice. The following guide is for arguments between you and somebody less wise than you, i.e. a teenager. It’s not meant for controversies with small children, though. Disputes with jumping-up-and-down-toddlers with…

Are You A ‘Claire’?

I can’t count the times I’ve set off for the high street in search of sensible, flattering clothes and returned home empty-handed, with the suspicion that there was something wrong with me. How else could it be that, with all that bountiful array on parade in all the shop windows, I couldn’t find anything suitable?…

Love is…

Maybe you haven’t got a giant nose and don’t need sunscreen to protect it: a hat will suffice. Maybe your nose is so dainty that you don’t even need a hat: your quiff is enough. Or maybe you’ve already applied sunscreen yourself. Whatever your nose’s status, what are the little gestures that, perhaps in an…

What’s The Worst Advice Your Mum Gave You?

Mums are usually wonderful and wise but they can make mistakes and give some bad advice. “Don’t wash your hair during your periods.” This is an old Italian belief, together with a ban on having showers and on touching plants – which would die. Hey, lady gardeners, it’s time for weeding! “Never contradict your husband,…

How To Argue With Your Partner

Move away from fragile items. Stick to the original topic. If your started off about dirty laundry and, after a while, you find yourselves arguing over money, unless you’ve mentioned a launderette along the way, you’ve gone off topic. Mentioning in-laws, each other’s friends or pets grants an instant penalty shoot to the adversary. An…

Dating Advice #2: Respect His Elders

The percentage of 20 to 34 year olds in UK living with their parents has gone up from 21% in 1996 to 25% in 2016, with men more likely than women to be living with their parents (31% of men compared to 20% of women in this age group  – Office for National Statistics) This…

Dating Advice #1: Don’t Fake

A friend once told me that a friend of a friend (this probably means it was her) went on date with a boy. Being flat-chested, she decided to wear not just any old push-up bra, but one with gel inserts bigger than what nature had actually given her. During the date things got hotter, the…