Finding a parking space can be tricky business for pregnant women but should they be allowed to use parent and child bays? It's a question we asked readers and you certainly didn't hold back. In fact it caused quite a debate on our Facebook pages, with hundreds of you giving us your views. Our article featured mums with differing opinions on the issue. Many, like Amy Hodson-Ridgway, from Denton - who struggled finding spaces when she was pregnant with her twins - believe pregnant women should be entitled to use the bays to give them that extra space. But others, like mum Claire Glover said pregnancy is not 'reason enough to use a parent and child space'. While the vast majority of readers were in support of pregnant women using the bays, it was still a debate that divided opinion. Jennifer Buckley shared a photo on our Manchester Family Facebook page to illustrate her point - that mums-to-be do need the extra room. She said: "Yes, otherwise you’ll get idiots like this. This … [Read more...] about You had your say on pregnant women using parent and child parking bays
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Getting from A to B as a pregnant woman can be tricky, especially when trying to navigate busy areas like supermarkets and shopping centres. Getting in and out the car with a bump can prove almost impossible- but are shops sympathetic? It make sense that expectant mums should be able to use parent and child parking bays to help them get in and out the shops. What are the rules at supermarkets and are there any laws on it? We've been finding out. What do parents think? Manchester Evening News asked soon-to-be mums for their views on the issue and it proved quite a contentious subject. Most support the idea of women using the bays. Like Amy Hodson-Ridgway, from Denton, who struggled finding spaces when she was pregnant with her twins Olivia and Ethan, now 10 months old. She said: "I definitely think pregnant women should be able to use them. I parked in a normal parking space at the hospital when I was 33 weeks pregnant with twins as the space next to me was empty so I could get … [Read more...] about Using a parent and child parking bay while pregnant
Parking up at stores and supermarkets can be tricky business and it's even harder when a woman is pregnant. Maneuvering yourself in and out of the car door can prove almost impossible with a bump in the way and that's without having young children to help too. So should expectant mums be able to use parent and child parking bays to give them that extra space? What are the rules at supermarkets and are there any laws on it? We've been finding out. What do parents think? We've been asking Manchester mums for their views on the issue and it proved quite a contentious subject. Most support the idea of women using the bays. Like Amy Hodson-Ridgway, from Denton, who struggled finding spaces when she was pregnant with her twins Olivia and Ethan, now 10 months old. She said: "I definitely think pregnant women should be able to use them. I parked in a normal parking space at the hospital when I was 33 weeks pregnant with twins as the space next to me was empty so I could get out. "When I came … [Read more...] about Should pregnant women be allowed to use parent and child parking bays?
Did you scour ancient Irish texts to come up with the most unpronounceable jumble of letters you could find, words that sound like dark incantations or the result of a tracheotomy? Or did you just name the child after your favourite pop culture icon, Instagrammer or Game Of Thrones characters? Whatever method you chose, your hopes of giving your precious little one a unique name will all come asunder the first time you bring them to a playground, and you realise that really, everyone else had the same idea. Call their oh-so individual name when they are surrounded by their peers and see what happens. "Finnbhennach?" Half the playground turns around. "Cthulhu, we're going." Five kids try to climb into your car. "Khal Drogo, stop thumping that child." Three kids all stop what they're doing to stare at the ground sheepishly. You realise that names come in patterns - how many Aoifes or Darraghs do you know who are over 50? How many Maureens or Cons do you know who are under 50? Names are … [Read more...] about Bill Linnane: Our fourth child plays us like a squeeze box until we think we might cry
Dozens of parents have snapped up the chance to bag free school uniforms for their children this summer. They have walked away with pre-loved and newly-donated uniforms with and without school crests ahead of the start of the 2108/19 academic year. The clothes bank has been set up at St Michael's Church, in Chell - and comes as the cost of kitting out a child for school can run to £300. Now parents have until the end of today to visit the uniform bank. More than 130 children have already received free uniforms and PE kits. Each parent and child receives total anonymity so there is no feeling of embarrassment or shame. Chell Parish families worker Becky Berrisford said: “It is the second year we have run this service and we have had even more donations this year. “As a families worker I have seen first-hand how tough it can be on some parents to have to spend that much money on school uniforms over the summer holidays. “School uniforms are ridiculously … [Read more...] about Here’s how your child can get a free school uniform in Stoke-on-Trent