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Aunties are just as important as mums when raising young women, according to parenting expert

An ode to all the aunties out there



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Listen up, Aunties: You might be playing a more substantial role in your nieces life than you might have once believed. 

A parenting expert has given his opinion on the importance of aunties in young girls’ lives and, in his professional opinion, these women play a massive role in their growth and development.

Speaking on the Parental As Everything podcast, psychologist and author of Raising Girls And 10 Things Girls Need Most Steve Biddulph explained why aunties, or similar figures, are actually crucial for young women.

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He explained: “One of the things that we know is that, for example, something every twelve year old girl knows for sure is that she doesn’t wanna turn out like her mum.

“This is sad, I’m not taking any joy in this, but there are phases when they don’t want to listen to you, but they still need lots of help.

“Aunties are a pillar of mental health for girls. It doesn’t have to be a blood relation, it’s just somebody around your mum’s age who loves you too.”

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Biddulph, who lectures worldwide on parenting and education, also offered some advice to anybody who has a niece or a close friend’s daughter they can take under their wing.

He suggested that when the child hits the age of about eight, aunties should invite them around to their house for sleepovers and lunch dates without their parents, so that a bond can be built independently.

He added that once that bond is established they should ask deep and meaningful questions, as well as broach the topics of boys and relationships – something they might not want to confide to their mums about.


Rishi Sunak becomes first frontline politician to join Sunday Times Rich List with £730 million fortune

He was added to the list just days after he warned the nation of a ‘tough few months’ ahead



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Rishi Sunak has joined The Sunday Times Rich List, making him the first frontline politician to do so.

While Sunak enjoyed a successful career in investment banking before entering politics, the majority of his household’s wealth stems from his wife Akshata Murthy and her £690 million stake in IT giant Infosys, founded by her billionaire father NR Narayana Murthy. 

The couple’s wealth is estimated at £730 million, placing the pair at 222= equal in the ranking.

The Rich List measures identifiable wealth, whether it be through land, property, racehorses, art or significant shares in publicly quoted companies.

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said it is ‘fantastic’ that Sunak and his wife have joined the list, saying the chancellor is a ‘fantastic example’ of someone who has been successful in business and who’s ‘coming to make a big impact in public service.’ 

Raab told Times Radio: “I think we want more of those people. I think it’s fantastic that you’ve got someone of British-Indian origin, showing all people in our country that you can get to the top of politics.”

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Speaking of Murthy, Raab added: “His wife is an incredibly successful entrepreneur in her own right… Again, someone that’s here, British-Indian, and actually I think we want to see more women succeeding in both business and politics.”

However, not everyone has celebrated Rishi’s inclusion on the list quite like Raab has, with many pointing out his wife’s non-dom status, which has allowed her to only pay tax on earnings in this country.

This comes just days after Sunak warned the British public to brace for a ‘tough’ few months ahead as the cost of living continues to spiral.

In his speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) on Wednesday, he said: “We need you to invest more, train more, and innovate more.

“In the autumn Budget we will cut your taxes to encourage you to do all those things. Our role in Government is to cut costs for families. I cannot pretend this will be easy.

“The next few months will be tough, but where we can act, we will.”

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Elizabeths can ride for free at East Lancashire Railway to celebrate Queen’s Jubilee

Those who share a name with the monarch will get to explore some of the best hidden gems along the Irwell Valley for free



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All Elizabeths, Lizs and Lizzies will soon have the chance to enjoy a free ride along a vintage rail route in aid of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

To mark Queen Elizabeth’s seventieth year on the throne, East Lancashire Railway is offering a free ride on one of its heritage steam locomotives for all those who share the same name as her Majesty. 

The train will embark upon a twelve-mile vintage rail route between Heywood in Greater Manchester and Rawtenstall, Lancashire.  

The railway is also offering free rides across all its other services, giving all Elizabeths the chance to explore some of the best hidden gems along the Irwell Valley including pubs, restaurants and more.

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From June 3rd – 5th, each station along the line will be celebrating the era of the Queen’s coronation with food, vintage stalls and music from the likes of the Washboard Resonators, the Rum and Cola Girls, and Kitty LaMare.

Guests have also been encouraged to get involved with the festivities and dress like the decade.

Read More: UK to get four day holiday for Queen’s Jubilee as Buckingham Palace unveils huge programme of events

They will also get the chance to see once-in-a-lifetime flyovers from classic Spitfire and Hurricanes, as well as a special speech commemorating the Jubilee by Sharman Birtles MBE JP DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant.

East Lancashire Railway chairman Mike Kelly said of the occasion: “This is going to be a truly unforgettable and magical weekend in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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“We have a jam packed schedule across the entire weekend from food and drinks from the era to vintage fashion, people will be celebrating all across the country and we’re proud to be bringing the celebrations along the railway from Rawtenstall, through Bury and onto Heywood.

“Naturally, we’re delighted to be able to celebrate with Her Majesty The Queen and all those who share the royal name, so we hope this gives old and new visitors the chance to enjoy an unforgettable and unique experience of travelling on the East Lancashire Railway.”

Elizabeths will be able to claim the offer from May 27th until June 2nd, ahead of the railway’s Jubilee bash, which takes place from June 3rd to June 5th.

Click here to buy tickets for the Jubilee event, or for more information, contact East Lancashire Railway on 0333 320 2830.

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Ed Sheeran and wife Cherry Seaborn quietly welcome second daughter

Fans of the singer didn’t even know he and his wife were expecting a second child



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Ed Sheeran surprised fans this week by announcing that he and his wife Cherry Seaborn had welcomed their second daughter.

In a heartwarming Instagram post, the ‘Shape of You’ singer revealed that he and Cherry are ‘over the moon’ to be a family of four, adding that they are ‘so in love’ with their new daughter.

In a similar manner to the announcement of their first daughter, Ed posted a photo of a pair of baby socks, writing: “Want to let you all know we’ve had another beautiful baby girl. 

“We are both so in love with her, and over the moon to be a family of 4.”

Ed didn’t reveal what they have named their daughter, or when the little girl was born.

A spokesperson for the singer later told The Sun: “Ed and Cherry recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl and are on cloud nine.

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“They’re so excited for Lyra to have a little sister and the four of them are currently enjoying some precious family time before Ed heads back on tour.

“We are delighted for them, and we hope that you can respect their privacy at this special time.”

Ed and Cherry welcomed their first daughter Lyra back in September 2020, with the couple sharing a photo of baby socks alongside the caption: “Ello! A quick message from me as I have some personal news that I wanted to share with you.

“Last week, with the help of an amazing delivery team, Cherry gave birth to our beautiful and healthy daughter – Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.

“We are completely in love with her. Both mum and baby are doing amazing and we are on cloud nine over here.

“We hope that you can respect our privacy at this time. Lots of love and I’ll see you when it’s time to come back, Ed.”

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