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Reader Email: My 14yo daughter sent shirtless photos to a boy

July 7, 2023

Hi Rebecca, My daughter has had her phone since the beginning of High School 18 months ago. She has no social media, her phone is only allowed downstairs in the living areas and she is quite controlled with her usage. I have access to her phone and she knows I can check it whenever I want. She has a lovely group of friends with parents who have similar ideas on using phones. She does well at school and although she is quite private, I feel we have a good relationship. We have had many conversations…

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I think Offspring just broke up with us.

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’m just going to spit it out:  I want Offspring to finish.  I want this season – season five – to be the last one. In three weeks time, I…

At 30 I had a very clear definition of success. At 42 I threw that definition in the bin.

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Over the past 25 years Rebecca Sparrow has earned a living as a travel writer, a television publicist, a marketing executive, a magazine editor, a TV scriptwriter, a radio producer, a newspaper columnist and as an author.

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