Mother Julia Lawrence reveals the letters she"s written to mark every milestone in her little girl"s life

A mother's letters of love: As her daughter turns 16, Julia Lawrence reveals the letters she's written to mark every milestone in her little girl's life | UPDATED: 10:22 GMT, 19 November 2012 This week a lovely young woman greeted me over the breakfast table. Poised, beautiful and on the cusp of adulthood, it was my daughter Lois on the morning of her 16th birthday. I’d carefully chosen a present and baked her a cake, but, to mark this milestone, I also sat down to write her a heartfelt letter, continuing a tradition I began before she was born.

Rise of private adoption as would-be parents use Craigslist to find unwanted babies

'Happy couple seek newborn or infant': The rise of private adoption as would-be parents use Craigslist to find unwanted babies | UPDATED: 17:34 GMT, 16 November 2012 Childless couples who have spent years unsuccessfully trying to have a baby are now turning to Craigslist in the hopes of adopting a child.

Why 4 out of 10 women have an "uneasy" relationship with their mother-in-law

From criticism over fashion choices to interfering parenting advice… why four out of ten women have an 'uneasy' relationship with their mother-in-law | UPDATED: 11:27 GMT, 13 November 2012 It will hardly come as news to millions of married women – or, indeed, to their husbands.

Mum"s on the prowl! Pregnant Coleen Rooney hits the shops in a leopard print jacket and chic beret

Mum's on the prowl! Pregnant Coleen Rooney hits the shops in a leopard print jacket and chic beret | UPDATED: 16:20 GMT, 10 November 2012 Coleen Rooney gave new meaning to pregnancy chic as she heading out to the shops on Saturday. The glamorous WAG stepped out in leopard print jacket and tasseled boots, sending out a clear message that she was on the prowl for a bargain in Liverpool

Halloween baby costumes: Kidscape warns against parents copying Peaches Geldof as ASDA and Toys"R"Us witness spike in fancy dress sales

Dressing your newborn as a pumpkin this Halloween Children's charity warns against celebrity copycat parents 'objectifying' babies in outlandish fancy dress costumes Celebrity mothers Peaches Geldof, Dannii Minogue and Una Healy have put their babies in fancy dress UK costumiers Angels, Toys'R'Us and Asda have seen spike in salesKidscape warns it could be sending wrong message to children | UPDATED: 19:25 GMT, 30 October 2012 It has been a fad of American celebrity culture for years. Now the trend for dressing newborn babies in outlandish fancy dress has finally hit our shores. Costume shops have reported a surge in sales of pre-made baby costumes

One in three British women have no plan to start on a family and prefer to get a well-paid job

One in three British women have no plan to start on a family and prefer to get a well-paid job 54% of Brits view marriage as an important milestone Age of marriage risen from 26 to 30 Average age of first time mothers risen from 24 to 28 | UPDATED: 13:12 GMT, 19 October 2012 A third of British women now have no plans to start a family and would rather focus on gaining a well-paid job, a new study reveals.

"Managing the merge" is a more proactive phrase for us working mothers, it"s like being Miss Rabbit on Peppa Pig

'Managing the merge' is a more proactive phrase for us working mothers, it's like being Miss Rabbit on Peppa Pig | UPDATED: 22:06 GMT, 10 October 2012 Listen up working mothers, the thorny subject of ‘having it all’ has finally been given a new name. From now on comrades you may refer to our ‘struggle to juggle’ as ‘managing the merge’.

Is Marisa Mayer proving that women CAN have it all? By never voicing doubts about juggling work and motherhood, Yahoo CEO"s silence speaks…

Is Marisa Mayer proving that women CAN have it all | UPDATED: 20:02 GMT, 8 October 2012 Marissa Mayer's decision to take just a 'few weeks'' maternity leave, and to work throughout has divided opinion among feminists, mothers and working women. However, the new mother's silence on the subject is disproving the commonly-held belief that women cannot have it all, an article has suggested today.

New parents turning to drink to ease the strain: One in six increased alcohol intake birth of first child

New parents ‘turning to drink to ease the strain’: One in six increased alcohol intake birth of first childNineteen per cent of those surveyed said their drinking 'impacted positively' on their childrenFive per cent of mothers said they drank more than usual WHILE pregnant | UPDATED: 01:10 GMT, 8 October 2012 Drinking: A report has found new parents are turning to drink to ease the strain Many new parents are hitting the bottle to help them cope, a children’s charity has warned. A survey of hundreds of parents of under-16s found that one in six increased their alcohol intake after the birth of their first child