children: May 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgThe average mum makes 11 new friends outside her original circle of friends at baby and toddler groups –- but can’t stand half of them.
 
Six-in-ten mums claim they have nothing in common with most new pals and are forced to talk about children 100 per cent of the time.
 
And 43 percent admit they would never have considered socialising with half of their ‘mum friends’ if they hadn’t started a family.
 
A third of mums say they get fed up with others thinking they know everything about raising children, and 32 per cent are frustrated they don’t share any hobbies or interests with their ‘mum friends’.

Mothers only consider two of the 11 new friends someone they will be long term pals with… though the odds are they don't feel the same way.
 

275x250.jpgAfter being revealed yesterday, the London 2012 Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville have faced harsh criticism online.

Olympic organisers say the odd-looking one-eyed creatures represent the UK's rich Olympic history, but not too many people seem to be picking up on that.

Instead people have described the pair as "partly blinded Teletubbies" and "the worst mascots ever" -- and that's before getting onto ones which pick up on the phallic design.

It's said the idea for the characters came from two drops of molten steel dropped while making the last girder for London's Olympic Stadium.

They're designed to be interactive (whatever that means) and even have their own Twitter pages -- so at least you know where to direct you insults.

275x250.jpgOne in five parents REGRET the names they have chosen for their children, it has been found.
 

19 per cent of those quizzed in a recent study said they were fed up with the sheer number of other children sharing the same moniker as their little one.
 
In hindsight mums and dads claim they wouldn’t have chosen names such as William, Oliver and Jack - which tend to be the most common.
 
For girls popular names Chloe, Ruby and Olivia are the ones which parents wish they had come up with an alternative for.
 
15% regret the names they pick because it's laughed at by friends and family… we can only image this percentage increase for celebrities.

This CCTV footage shows how an Australian dad saved his baby son by tightly holding onto him when an out-of-control car ploughed into them on the pavement.

Incredibly, Andrew Leach only suffered a broken leg in the horror crash, and little Haydn miraculously escaped without a scratch on him.

The accident happened near Sydney when an 82-year-old female driver suffered a suspected heart attack and lost control of her car.

As the video shows, her vehicle mounted the curb and headed straight towards the Leach family.

Andrew says he intentionally held his son tightly and lifted him out of the way of the accident knowing he would be hit and injured himself.




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