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Are you much-needed emergency childcare? 5 ways to be brilliant (and stay smiling)

With the new school year underway, we share some expert tips for coping when those holiday childcare requests roll in

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“I felt redundant” – 6 ways to cope with an empty nest

With the university exodus on the horizon, an expert shares her advice on how to cope with the sadness an empty nest can bring

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“I’m with Jennifer Aniston – I feel no shame in being single”

Why is being fiftysomething and single still taboo, asks writer Katreen Hardt

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Are you a people-pleaser? The signs to look out for and 4 ways to stop

We speak to women with one question in common: why did it take us until our fifties to stop people-pleasing?

Marianne Jones and her mum lean their heads together and smile
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“Dementia has taken my mother from me – but her scrapbook has helped us reconnect”

Marianne Jones was sifting through her mum's belongings when she made an emotional discovery

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One foot in the rave – meet the clubbers who refuse to quit

Fans of the “age-nostic” dance music scene – which can actually be good for your health – share their stories.

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“I wanted to step up, but I didn’t get it right” – how to parent a parent when the time comes

Caring for someone while juggling your own commitments is tough. Here's advice on how to be there for your parents when they need you the most

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Triathlete Daphne Belt: “At 50, I was terrified – at 83, nothing can stop me” 

Triathlete Daphne Belt on how she used her milestone 50th birthday to kickstart an extraordinary new chapter in her life

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You can no longer use stamps without a barcode

As stamps without barcodes are no longer valid from August, here’s how you can exchange them for free.

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“I discovered my husband’s mountain of debt” – meet the women taking on the stock market from home

We hear from women who are taking financial control and investing in stocks and shares - plus tips on how you can join them