Parenting, Family and Education
Patricia Carswell has a particular interest in family and parenting issues. She has two teenage sons so can write about teenagers with some authority, though is equally happy to tackle baby and toddler subjects.
Patricia also writes about education and has covered topics such as home education and sport in schools.
Do I or don't I?
Patricia Carswell looks at the pros and cons of joining the PTA... "It's only a couple of meetings a term - hardly anything in fact," trilled the clipboard- wielding alpha mummy in charge of the PTA as she backed me into a corner. Read more...
The sixth form opens up a wealth of opportunities to pupils: the chance to try boarding in preparation for university life, study a bespoke course, or to simply expand their vision of the world.
How old is too old for children?
With the news that Robert De Niro, 68, and his 56-year-old wife have just had a baby via a surrogate, Patricia Carswell looks at the continuing trend to have babies later in life and the effects this can have on the children and parents