When Marc Carter's son Ben had nearly worn his favourite sippy cup to breaking point last year, Marc knew that the consequences could be devastating. The blue Tommee Tippee cup, no longer being manufactured, was the only thing Ben, who is severely autistic, would ever drink from.
With the cup desperately worn and only fit for the bin, Marc took to social media for help. The tweet went viral and when the cups' manufacturers heard of Ben's plight, they tracked down an old mould from a factory in China and produced a lifetime supply of 500 cups for him. Since then, Marc began helping other families of autistic children to find discontinued items they have become attached to, and his website has helped nearly 2000 items be found.
Marc joins us to tell us more about the challenges of parenting three autistic children and how he had no idea quite how incredible his search for the 'little blue cup' would become.
Former government mental health tsar Natasha Devon has found herself the centre of a Twitter storm today over her comments about gender-neutral language.
Natasha says the terms 'boys' and 'girls' shouldn’t be used in schools as it can alienate those who are confused about their gender and instead we should adopt the terms 'students' or 'pupils'. Natasha joins us to explain her point of view.
After research revealed that 16-24 year-olds are moving away from traditional sexual intercourse and becoming more adventurous, some people are calling for more graphic sex education for schoolchildren.
Among them is sexologist Goedele Liekens, who thinks sex education should be a compulsory GCSE and that children should even be taught masturbation!
So what do you think? Would you be happy for your children to be taught this? Or is it going way too far? Have your say in our poll!
Government ministers have ditched animal welfare plans that disregard their feelings and emotions - that’s a decision made during the same week that a lonely dog supposedly died of a broken heart after being abandoned by its owners in a Colombian airport.
The once healthy pooch was said to have searched for her masters before giving up food, and spiralling into depression, and later passing away in the corner of the airport lounge
Die-hard animal lover Ben Fogle says dogs are much smarter and more emotional than politicians believe them to be. He joins us alongside his beloved Lab Storm to campaign for more protection for our pets - calling for UK wide licences to ensure they’re properly looked after as the government continues to backtrack on animal welfare.
47-year-old dad of three Carl Sinclair is a free man after being charged with attacking a burglar who threatened his home and family while they slept.
The former railway safety Manager confronted criminal Hughie Hendry when he heard the front door being tampered with - punching him to the ground. His wife called the police who later arrested Hendry, but it was Carl who was charged and spent almost a year fearing a potential three to five year jail sentence for ‘wounding’ Hendry. Thankfully, a jury took minutes to clear him - but Carl says it never should have got to that point: his life has been ‘left in tatters’ and he’s been made to feel like a ‘nasty criminal’ for simply protecting his family.
He joins us alongside his wife Nicola who both believe our justice system needs changing and that victims should be ‘protected, not punished’.
Should dads ever set foot in the ladies loo? Even if it’s to take their young daughters to the bathroom?
One mum’s comment has fuelled an online debate after she remarked that it was inappropriate for her husband to take their daughter into the female toilets. A large number of Mumsnet users have agreed with her, whilst others have suggested dads should take their daughters into the disabled loo instead. So is it ever okay?
Claire Muldoon says absolutely not - and the idea of a man walking into the ladies bathrooms is totally uncalled for, whilst Sally Jones says there is no much fuss surrounding privacy and it shouldn't be a problem.
Let us know what you think by voting in our poll below.
It’s Black Friday week. While most of the big deals haven’t yet been released, many shops are going to be doing their best to target your spending impulses – especially online with deals, codes and discounts emailed into your inbox. So who better to dictate the bargains from the balderdash than our Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis…
Rail commuters are spending over two hours getting to and from work every day as travel times increase for Britain's workers, a new study reveals.
Workers now take an average of 27 DAYS A YEAR getting to and from work after travel times increased by five minutes a day compared to a decade ago, the TUC said.
How long do you spend commuting to work every day?