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The funny thing about nappies—no, bear with me, it’s worth it I promise—is the cute cartoon animals on them. Who is that for?
Sam Leith  

Time for the family

Since 1961 the amount of time parents spend looking after children has doubled. Contrary to expectation, says Jonathan Gershuny, full time working mothers spend more time on childcare in 1995 than non-employed mothers did in 1961
Jonathan Gershuny  

Careless child

Everyone knows that pre-school child care is good for children and for the economy. Patricia Morgan asks for some evidence and argues that only the most expensive care can match a parent
Patricia Morgan