Relationships are one of the most important parts of living a good life. We all have relationships with the people around us: our parents, siblings, other family and friends. They look after us. They comfort us when we are sad. They share in our happiness when things are going well for us. Some families might look different to ours, but good relationships all share the same things: respect, kindness and love.
A £1.6 billion thank-you for Mother’s Day
Are mums the most important people in the world? This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the UK. Millions of children will be buying flowers or making cards to say thank you to their mum.
The incredible story of triplets split at birth
Does nature or nurture decide who we are? Three triplets were separated at birth and raised by very different families. Years later, the identical strangers met for the first time.
Siblings matter more than parents, say experts
Are siblings more important than parents? Some scientists say that your friendship with your brothers and sisters teaches you how to act towards others and shapes you more than anything else.
The very model of a modern royal family
It is the picture that says more than any words. The 93-year-old Queen greets with delight her three-day-old great grandchild, the first part Afro-American baby in the British royal family.
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The Syrian boy who helps pupils with English
Should we all learn new languages? Eleven-year-old Mohammed is very good at it. A video about how he helps his classmates to understand English is very popular online.
Valentine’s: myth, marriage and medieval poems
Should we treat every day like Valentine’s Day? People have been celebrating romance on February 14th for centuries. Now, billions of pounds are spent on the holiday around the world.
Great news! Old people really are good for us
Should kids spend more time with older people? An important study says that it helps to boost reading and social skills. Some think that schools should be linked up with old people’s homes.
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The surprising life lessons of Winnie-the-Pooh
Should we all live like Pooh? As Christopher Robin tops the UK box office, the friendly bear has been declared as wise as history’s greatest philosophers. What...
Teen heroes amaze, delight and spark hope
Do teenagers deserve more respect? From Coco to Greta, the news is suddenly full of amazing young people. Yet, grown ups often think teenagers are lazy and selfish.
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The Salah effect: How Mo is tackling prejudice
Can role models like Mo Salah turn the tide on Islamophobia? The Liverpool star has won the Champions League. Now, new research shows that he is also winning the fight against hate…
Scotland’s new strategy for tackling bullying
Can Scotland end bullying? Its schools will soon be forced to report bullying in more detail than before. At a time when some forms of bullying are on the rise, this could make a difference…
World celebrates the power of women and girls
Is it harder to be a girl than a boy? Today is International Women’s Day. It is a time to celebrate the achievements of amazing women, while campaigning for more gender equality.
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Why Kirstie Allsopp smashed her kids’ iPads
Did Kirstie Allsopp make the right choice? The TV presenter broke her sons’ iPads after they broke her rules about playing Fortnite. She says it was the best thing she has ever...
Anger as Facebook targets under 13s
Are you and your friends too young to use social media? Facebook has designed a version of its popular Messenger app for under-13s. One UK politician told it to “stay away from my kids.”
Obsession with ‘likes’ bad for you, says Meghan
Is she right? During an event with mental health workers in New Zealand, the Duchess said that “filtered” social media is making young people feel bad about themselves.
Airbrushing on Instagram ‘harms self-esteem’
Is it really harmful? More people are using apps to change how they look in selfies. Doctors say this makes us wrongly think we have to look perfect all the time.
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