Emma Reed

Freelance Writer

United Kingdom

Ex-lawyer who swapped legal arguments to argue with three kids and a dog. Writes across lifestyle. Raised on a diet of Victoria Wood. Should be living in France. Also known for writing letters that makes people cry (in a good way).

How you can detect potential dementia early by looking for these unusual signs

We may be living longer, but a consequence of that is that those extra years are often beset by ill health and disease. According to Alzheimer's Research UK, in January 2022 there were 944,000 people estimated to be living with dementia in the UK, more than ever before, with that number projected to increase.

It's time we learned how to talk to children about porn, because your kids are not immune

By the age of nine, 10 per cent of British children have seen pornography, and half have seen it by the age of 13, a report published by the Children's Commissioner revealed this week. In it, Dame Rachel de Souza said: "We find pornography exposure is widespread and normalised - to the extent that 'opting-out' isn't an option for many young people."

At what point do you end family relationships? A psychologist gives their verdict

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." The first sentence of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina has been thrown into sharp relief recently with the revelations of Prince Harry and the publication of his book, . Naturally, everyone has a view as to whether and how royal reparations can be made.

Learn to forgive - and 9 more small changes for happier relationships

10 small changes: In this week-long series, i looks at ways we can improve our sleep, diet, relationships, exercise, and overall happiness. Instead of setting unrealistic goals we'll all give up on by the end of January, we're sharing achievable and practical tips The new year is often a time when people reflect on their relationships, whether it's with family, partners or friends, especially as Christmas can be a flashpoint for tensions.

10 small changes to get fitter in 2023, from what time to exercise to ditching fitness trackers

10 small changes: In this week-long series, i looks at ways we can improve our sleep, diet, relationships, exercise, and overall happiness. Instead of setting unrealistic goals we'll all give up on by the end of January, we're sharing achievable and practical tips It's that time of year again when gyms are heaving at the beginning of January - but by the end of February are looking pretty empty.

10 small changes for better sleep, from ditching apps to moving out of the marital bed

10 small changes: In this week-long series, looks at ways we can improve our sleep, diet, relationships, exercise, and overall happiness. Instead of setting unrealistic goals we'll all give up on by the end of January, we're sharing achievable and practical tips By the time we reach 70 years old, we will have spent 220,000 hours in bed, according to Dr Neil Stanley, the author of How To Sleep Well.

Phones are like tech cocaine for teen girls, here's how to protect them

It was while we were watching an episode of Bake Off that it happened. My daughter, 12, kept glancing down at her phone and sighing. She tossed it away on the sofa in frustration only to snatch it up again. While pastry-related banter took place on screen, I watched my daughter unravel in real time.

From arguing well to feeling at home, how you know that you're with the right person

"We are asking from one person what an entire village used to provide," says psychotherapist Esther Perel, in an interview with the New Yorker. She is speaking of what we look for in a partner. That's an immense burden of responsibility to place on any one person in our lives, yet for those seeking "the one", the stakes are high.

'Facebook's Issue With Breastfeeding Nearly Killed Our Business'

A few weeks ago, Kim Kardashian appeared on the cover of Interview magazine, her bare bottom resplendent in a jock strap under the cover line, 'American Dream.' Gwyneth Paltrow recently celebrated her 50th birthday by releasing a photograph of herself naked, spray painted in a golden sheen, and posted it on Goop's Instagram and its 1.7million followers.

'The news continues to scare me': The people still living in Covid long lockdown

Before the pandemic, Pat Higgins, 67, was a busy woman, involved in her local community in Newcastle. During a typical week she went to the library, the cinema, visited friends and went shopping. She attended a community café once a week and joined an arts group where she did her very first painting.

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Marmite Maths | School House Magazine

It used to be the subject we loved or hated, says Emma Reed - but new approaches are adding up to renewed interest . Maths can be one of those subjects that provokes a strong reaction: people either love it or hate it. That feeling often continues well into adulthood.

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Team USA

UK-based US Schools for an international education

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Eco Preps | School House Magazine

One of the striking features of many prep schools is their location. Often in spectacular settings, housed in grand buildings, beauty is all around. It's no wonder there's a daily reminder that such beauty is worth preserving. If you work hard to safeguard your immediate surroundings, there will be a ripple effect that can impact matters of global importance.

After years of being the butt of jokes I couldn't be prouder of my bostin' Birmingham home

'It's bloody bostin' aye it bab?' To you, that might sound like a vague threat. Something is broken perhaps. To me, it's a verbal hug denoting something marvellous. For years, I laboured under the misunderstanding that our affectionate Birmingham insult of calling someone a 'daft apeth' referred to a mythical miniature ape-like creature (the 'h' was always dropped).

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Travel united us as a family - but now it's time to start letting go

We settled into our travelling roles, developing our own Morse code of glances and pauses. Put a family on a small rib boat with a marine biologist on a foggy Monterey morning with no distinction between sea and horizon, and you will know how they work.

Because I didn't scream during labour, I was forgotten about

'Why have you let her go so long?' the consultant barked at the midwife. 'She seemed to be coping well,' the midwife answered. This was the first inkling, aside from my increasing exhaustion and discomfort, that something wasn't right. It must be our fault, I thought. I could see how we were easily overlooked.

From ditching vitamins to flossing: 6 tips to stay young as you get older

In its State of Ageing Report for 2022, the Centre for Ageing Better declares that England is becoming an increasingly difficult country in which to grow old. In 10 years' time, the number of people aged 65 and over will have increased from 11 million to 13 million people, 22 per cent of the population.

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Choir Power | School House Magazine Spring Summer 2022

Encouraging your child to be a chorister could be one of the best decisions you make, says Emma Reed. It is a unique and extraordinary experience. We are fortunate to have a strong presence of cathedral schools in this country who proudly continue the choral tradition.

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Music to Our Ears | School House Magazine Spring Summer 2022

From music tech to jazz bands, harpsichord to opera class - in the post-lockdown quiet, schools are turning up the volume, says Emma Reed. 'Music has a power of forming the character and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.' Aristotle's words, as ever, have stood the test of time.

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Green Shoots

A look at Eco Nurseries

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For the first time ever, I don't want Christmas to come

I am standing in front of the rows of Christmas cards with a feeling of rising panic. I'm willing myself to select one as I inwardly list the reasons not to: too saccharine, too glittery, too crude. I fail and slope away, frustrated by my inability to engage in a task I usually enjoy.

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What home schooling does to your children, at every age

Uncertainty. The feeling we thought we had put to bed for a long overdue nap is back and it's turbocharged, thanks to the arrival of the omicron variant. There's a palpable sense of dread among parents, schools and children themselves about what lies in store in the New Year.

Covid is in classrooms and spreading into homes - where is the action needed?

'I've got some extra lines in the production - one of the cast is off with Covid-19!' texted my 11-year-old from her school drama rehearsal. My personal alert system, which had been humming softly since the return to school in September, had ramped up in volume a few weeks ago as cases started to rise in my daughter's school - and it kicked into hypervigilant mode in response to this message.

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Has University Had Its Day? | School House Magazine Autumn Winter '21

There was a time when a particular educational path bestowed a measure of certainty of employment. A decent set of A-levels offered up a choice of well-regarded universities. A degree at one of those universities, irrespective of subject, opened the door to excellent career prospects.

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Why students shouldn't worry about the 'knowledge gap' before starting university

'A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers," said activist Helen Keller. Following two severely disrupted academic years, students starting university this year are likely to have more questions than ever. The leap from sixth form to university has always been a significant one, but for some this year it could feel like a yawning chasm.

We have a problem with mental health at work - here's how to talk about it

Within two weeks of each other, two high-profile women have made the decision to step back from work owing to mental-health issues. Nadia Whittome MP recently posted on Twitter that, on the advice of her doctor, she would be taking time away from work because of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Why we need to stop feeling sorry for summer-born children

"Couldn't you just have held on for a couple of hours?" Proffered as a joke by well-meaning friends and family, this was the phrase I kept hearing as I gingerly made my way through the fog of those early days after my first child was born. I wasn't amused.

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On the day Prince Philip died, I lost my father too

Never would I imagine myself saying that I felt a deep connection with the Royal family. However, a story of loss and grief crossed over from the media channels and came brutally crashing into my own life.

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The pandemic has meant it's been 14 long months since I've seen my mother's face

It's been close to 14 months, apart from a single, emotional 20-minute hiatus. The longest period of my life. Scroll back a couple of years and imagine being told you will spend 14 long months quashing every natural instinct to physically connect with a person you love; that person being the reason you exist at all.

An imposter in my own life

I used to hate the hairdresser's chair (and I have visited many in the quest for hair nirvana). This emotion was not follicle related. It was to do with one simple question: "So, what do you do?" Like a verbal tic, my rapid-fire response rushed out. "Oh, I used to be a lawyer."

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This year's A-level students are woefully under-prepared for university

Universities are going to be welcoming students who are out of practice in managing a revision workload and sitting formal exams along with hugely varied gaps in the content they have been taught or able to learn. That's going to be a significant leap for many to make.

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Virtual tech can never replace the sheer joy of a school outing for kids

It's precisely this wonder of seeing something up close that is hard to replicate as highlighted by Kate Fellows, Head of Learning and Access at Leeds Museums and Galleries. "Magic happens when you put an ancient Egyptian shabti into the hands of a child. They light up with awe and wonder.

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Lockdown Long Haul: Tips for surviving the never-ending home-school slog

You would think by now we would all be lockdown homeschooling pros. After all, we've been here before and we know what to expect. How hard can it be? Very, it would appear. Parents (and children) have seen their energy levels and enthusiasm depleted from the relentless hamster wheel of school and work, all taking place under one roof.

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Is my child eligible for a key worker place at school during lockdown?

This includes those needed for essential financial services provision such as banks, building societies and financial markets infrastructure, the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors and IT and data infrastructure sectors. Also included are key staff in the civil nuclear, chemicals and telecommunications sectors, postal services and delivery, payment providers and waste disposal sectors.

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Meet the young poets thriving in lockdown

"It's a very visual way of expressing yourself," Thomas says and finds it exciting that his poem reaches hearing audiences too. "I just want to show that deaf people can also be involved with poetry. Hopefully it will open up people's ideas of BSL. It's such a visual beautiful language."

Prosecco is a drink, not a personality trait

I'm not one for conspiracy theories but, towards the end of last year, I felt there were dark and sinister forces at work. It happened in a supermarket. I was jolted out of my usual autopilot, slammed my basket on the floor and exhaled a stream of expletives at a higher volume than intended.

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The new Common Entrance exam is fiendishly designed to weed out over-tutored children

"Mum, what's a copular verb?" My mind is not on the finer points of English grammar. It's that frenzied time of the evening familiar to many parents. Multiple children drop earthy-smelling kit bags in the middle of the hall and prowl around the kitchen opening any cupboard containing the promise of food, ranting about the injustices of their day.

I'm refusing to see my parents over Christmas - for their own safety

'Have you spoken to your parents yet about Christmas?' came the question again from a concerned husband. My response each time was to mumble, shrug and attempt to dodge the issue. I didn't want to tell them our plans, as if staying silent on the issue would prevent it from becoming concrete.

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How bibliotherapy stopped me from losing the plot over lockdown

I am trying to focus on the ­welcoming face on the screen in front of me, but my eyes are hungrily scanning the book-lined room behind it; rows upon rows from floor to ceiling. In our Zoom-saturated lives, this is bookshelf nirvana. A large egg-shaped chair hangs invitingly in the corner ready to cocoon the reader.

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'A peacock amongst the pigeons': My time at university with the hypnotic Derren Brown

In an interview for The Times in 2009, Derren said, "University is where I became unbearable." Enigmatic, yes. Unbearable, no. He certainly cut a dandyish figure. His slight form could often be seen striding purposefully across the quad, a short cape billowing out behind him as if he had stepped out of a nineteenth century novel.

Emma Reed: Lost Connection - FUNNY PEARLS

Your internet connection is unstable. The message sat there in the middle of the screen, mocking. 'Quelle surprise,' Hope jeered (for she had taken to intense interactions with inanimate objects of late).

Why clean eating makes people feel dirty

Have you downed your green juice this morning, chugged back your turmeric soy latte, artfully smashed your avocado on gluten free toast, massaged your kale (it's a thing apparently), channelled your chi with your chia seeds and executed your sun salutations clad in excruciatingly expensive 'activewear' on Insta?

Fifty shades of beige

Ask a child what their favourite colour is and they'll usually answer with a bright or primary one! Children love to inhabit a world of vibrant primary colours from which they draw and give energy. They won't say "beige". So why do we give them fifty shades of beige on their plates?

Binge eating disorder unwrapped

Rachel and her binge eating disorder secret Rachel is a highly intelligent, confident and sociable woman in her forties, with a successful career and a loving family. She stands in the queue of the local petrol station with her basket.

My anti-diet move to healthy happy eating

Something in the Reed household this weekend has been the source of fascination, delight, wonder and raptures. The latest Xbox download? No. A small box of raw honeycomb! My kids have marvelled at it, plunged teaspoons into it and begged to have some with Greek yogurt.