How an extra gift from you can help our Christmas toy appeal

Today sees the launch of the Gazette’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal - and once again we are asking you to dig deep and buy one extra gift while you are out shopping to help bring a smile to a child’s face.

Where will you be watching the fireworks this year?

What's on in the North East this Bonfire Night?

Remember, remember - it's not long until the fifth of November!
What would you say if you had one more minute?

TV ad with Mary Berry and Rio Ferdinand raises awareness about child bereavement

What would you say if you had one more minute? That is the question put to children and parents as part of a new campaign by national charity Child Bereavement UK.
Olivia Violet and Lillie Charlotte, aged 8 months, are ready for Spooky Snaps! Picture: Kayleigh Wright.

Celebrate Halloween 2017 and send us your Spooky Snaps

It’s time to dig out the face paint - Halloween is almost here!

How much do your kids drink each day?

Children drink less than two glasses of water a day

The average child drinks just a quarter of the water they should during the school day, according to new research.

Fancy trying out any of these recipes?

National Baking Week: Four super-easy baking recipes for kids

It's National Baking Week! Time to don an apron and get busy in the kitchen.

Fancy a fright night?

Top 10 spooky Halloween films for kids

Fancy a less-scary movie this Halloween - one the whole family can enjoy?
TV and Film
Dolly Parton will read her Bedtime Story for CBeebies later this month.

Dolly Parton 'honoured' to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story

Singer Dolly Parton could win over some very young fans - reading a CBeebies Bedtime Story.
Can you help get the cuddly toys home?

Airport seeks to reunite lost teddies with their owners

An airport has launched an appeal to reunite young passengers with hundreds of teddies left behind on their travels.

Have any of your favourites been used as inspiration?

Which TV shows, films and celebrities inspired baby names?

Life imitated art for parents in England and Wales last year, as baby names inspired by TV shows and celebrities proved popular.
Did your baby's name make the list?

These are the most popular names for babies born in 2016

Olivia has replaced Amelia as the most popular name given to baby girls in England and Wales in 2016, official statistics show.

Laura Cort, left, from Peterlee, marries Christina Ritcher at the Great North Run today after the couple, who live in Delaware, USA, got engaged at the finish line last year.

Couple make history by being first to be married at Great North Run

The Great North Run proved to be a happy event for a different reason for two couples.

What don't you miss about being young?

33 things the over 60s do not miss about being young

Ferrying the kids around, having a boss who breathes down your neck and the daily stress of running a family home, have emerged among a list of things the older generation DO NOT miss about being younger.

Homme's story will be broadcast on Friday, October 6.

CBeebies lands Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme for its bedtime story slot

Rocker Josh Homme - frontman of Queens Of The Stone Age - has signed up to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story.

Here's what you said in our poll about the summer holidays.

This is how you think the school holidays should be split

We asked and you answered.
Two out of five low-paid young parents who ask for flexible work arrangements are penalised with fewer hours, worse shifts and even losing their job. Pic: PA.

Young parents penalised for requesting flexible working

Two out of five low-paid young parents who ask for flexible work arrangements are "penalised" with fewer hours, worse shifts and even losing their job, says a new report.
How should the school holidays be split?

Do you think the school holidays should change?

The summer holidays are drawing to a close - but have they been long enough for you?

Parents think children should be able to ride a bike at the age of seven.

Revealed: The ages at which parents think children should achieve life's milestones

Children should be able to ride a bike at seven, tie their shoelaces at eight and have their own door key when they're 14, according to North East parents.
Have you got one of these?

Cot mobile recalled over choking fears

A cot mobile has been recalled by its manufacturer due to fears that a part could present a choking hazard.

Are your kids leaving home next month?

'Empty nest syndrome' when kids leave for university 'can wreck marriage'

Empty Nest Syndrome - when grown up kids leave home to go to university - can wreck the marriage of long-suffering parents.

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