Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

Ellen Widdup

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Over the past five years, Ellen Widdup’s 2.4 Children column – later 3.4 children – has been described as a “wonderfully accurate portrait of family life” and “a breath of fresh air.” While her critics have labelled it “thoroughly irritating.” And one went as far as saying “this woman is both crass and nauseating”.

This week, to mark Mother’s Day, Ellen Widdup writes an open letter to her own beloved mother.

I go by many names. On Starbucks cups, I’m “Alan”. The baristas in Ipswich are real jokers.

I sometimes wonder if my son thinks he has two mothers, writes Ellen Widdup.

My daughter has never been into dolls, writes Ellen Widdup.

My husband is never referred to as a “working father”, writes Ellen Widdup.

There are many vocations that require people to work closely with their natural opponents, writes Suffolk mum Ellen Widdup as she confesses she never follows through with her wild threats.

Opinion: Wherever you look, Suffolk parents are under attack

Monday, February 13, 2017

The criticism of our parenting skils comes from all sides. We are over-involved or overly permissive. We are over-protective, over-sensitive, over-zealous. We over-diagnose, over-medicate and over-accommodate our kids, who are hideously overindulged, writes Ellen Widdup.

This week working mum-of-three Ellen Widdup, from Suffolk, looks at how our attitudes to parenting change as our families grow.

Last week an American girl came to work in our office, writes working mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

I’ve never really understood the fanfare and sponsorship that goes alongside the annual attempts to abstain from booze, writes Ellen Widdup.

New Year’s Eve is usually a massive disappointment for parents of young children, writes working mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

I love Christmas. I love everything about it. The explosion of technicolour baubles that adorn our tree, the excess of rich food, the happy clappy music in every department store, the excuse to spend money, the lights, the tinsel, the school nativity, the anticipation, writes Ellen Widdup.

Here is your spoiler alert: In the improbable event that your child gets hold of this page of the newspaper, do not let them read on - warns mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Most read

Most commented

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24