Joanna Moorhead

Joanna Moorhead is a journalist and mother to four children

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Joanna Moorhead: This is no way to get children into school

Parents want their children to do well; they know going to school will help them do that

First-time mum: Sophie Mackay, 37, is mother of six-month-old Victor

Mother's Day: The seven ages of motherhood

To mark Mother's Day, Joanna Moorhead meets seven women who illustrate how having children really is a life-time commitment. She shares the trials, tribulations, joy and love

Scenes from the new BBC4 documentary

Catholics bullish over rise in fathers-to-be

In 2001, only 26 men enrolled in seminaries in England and Wales. But now, things are changing

Benita could have been one of Whitehall's youngest mandarins but quit her civil service job to run for mayor

Mayoral race is joined by 'Mum for London'

Civil servant says she will speak for 'ordinary Londoners'

Sixteen-year-old Amelia, who last Friday became the youngest person to ski to the South Pole

Amelia makes it to the South Pole

After a record-breaking Antarctic trek, 16-year-old Amelia Hempleman-Adams (and her dad) checked in with Joanna Moorhead

Amelia Hempleman-Adams

Amelia of the Antarctic

Amelia Hempleman-Adams, 16, is more worried about missing Facebook than the dangers of frostbite during her 14-day trek to the South Pole with her father David, the explorer

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Remembrance Sunday: David's story - Afghan hero has no regrets

Bomb disposal captain who lost legs is inspired by war veteran granddad

Joanna Moorhead: To do this job well, you have to make yourself redundant

I have just dropped my 19-year-old daughter off at university at the start of her second year. My drive home – like the drive home last year, after I'd left her there for the first time – was tinged with sadness. When Rosie's not around, I miss her: and right now, the Christmas holiday seems a very long way off. But the truth is that loving your kids means letting them go: it's what parents do, and it's what we have to do. Not all of us, though, seem to manage it.

The crying games

Video games, ice cream, chocolate, anything to stop the tantrums. How else can parents cope when their little lambs turn into monsters.

Health: No one likes to play the waiting game

Do you kick-start labour with a medical induction, go to the reflexolog ist or try a more appetising option - a curry? Joanna Moorhead says it's never too late
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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam