Emily Andrea defends controversial natural contraceptive app after Lucy Mecklenburgh faced backlash

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Recently, Lucy Mecklenburgh was called “irresponsible” for promoting a form of contraception called Natural Cycles. It’s an app which uses your temperature to see if you are fertile that day or not.

Contraceptive methods are something that are completely personal. Something that will work for one person, won’t work for another – with some forms of contraception more effective than others.

No form of contraception is 100% effective, so as long as you know the risks and benefits of the method you choose then it’s totally up to you. Your GP can talk you through all the options and work out what’s best for you.

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Presenter Myleene Klass was recently talking about the importance of teaching her children the value of money and revealed that her daughter Ava now earns money from teaching music lessons.

She said, “I don’t give her any pocket money because I think that they get enough. Otherwise, it starts getting ridiculous, they have to learn the value of money. So she is now teaching and she’s got six pupils.” I have to say that’s very impressive for a 13-year-old!

The kids have never had pocket money, but if they want something I won’t just get it for them, I will save it for a birthday or Christmas.


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I keep their presents within reasonable limits so it’s not too over the top. I also try to help them understand that Mum and Dad have to go to work so we are able to buy things for them. It’s a hard concept for kids actually!

I got my first job when I was 15 as a babysitter and then I worked as a waitress in a restaurant. It taught me about hard work and time management, so that’s definitely something I will be encouraging them to do when they get to that age.

I tend to buy things for Millie now that she can hand them down to Theo, too. She’s also started doing football and she’s been wearing Junior’s old football boots and his old AstroTurf boots for hockey.

The other day I also found a massive box of Junior’s clothes from when he was age four to five I’d put aside that Theo is now wearing.

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I remember him wearing them and it’s crazy to think of him being that small. It’s very sweet to see Theo wearing them now, but also satisfying to reuse all of Junior’s old clothes!

Millie is doing so well at hockey and I’ve felt proud watching her as I loved hockey when I was younger.

She does quite a few different clubs, and I’ve been looking for a trampolining club for her and Theo to join so they can do something they enjoy together.

I told Pete and he looked at me like I was totally bonkers and said, “Do you not think we do enough clubs? We’re running around enough as it is!” but I think they’ll really enjoy it.

The NHS waiting list in England has hit a 14-year record high, with 4.7 million people awaiting treatment. This is such a difficult situation for those who are waiting or had diagnoses delayed.

It’s also easy to look back and say we could have done things differently when it comes to the pandemic.

I’m sure that in years to come there will be much more clarity on what we did well, and which bits could have been improved.

Although the last year has been challenging for everyone, I do also think that some of the changes have a positive side.

I have spoken to lots of people who find the telephone appointments easier for certain things, including reducing unnecessary travel for the elderly.

As a busy mum, I have also seen the benefits of more phone appointments, but I do think face-to-face contact will always be important.

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