My biological clock is ticking but having children seems an unaffordable luxury | Arwa Mahdawi

Kids have always been expensive, but insecure housing and jobs markets have made becoming a parent more financially challenging than ever, writes Arwa Mahdawi Forget Rolexes, designer handbags or fancy holidays the ultimate status symbol these days is a child. Or, more accurately, a bunch of children. (What is the collective noun for children? An ingratitude? A cacophony? An expense?) It seems to have become de rigueur for the rich and famous to have an enormous number of offspring. Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and Boris Johnson are all part of the Five Kids Club, for example. Madonna has six. Kim Kardashian recently announced a fourth, called Psalm, which she had via a surrogate. Unusual names are another status symbol, of …

LEGO Releases Braille Bricks For Blind And Visually Impaired Children

The Braille Bricks project, co-founded by the Dorina Nowill Foundation For The Blind, was set up a few years back in Brazil to help blind children learn to read while having fun. The idea has now been taken on by LEGO and unrolled on a much larger scale, giving thousands of children the opportunity to learn the touch writing system through play. Image credits: Image credits: said in a press release. The Lego Foundation “The concept behind LEGO Braille Bricks was first proposed to the LEGO Foundation in 2011 by the Danish Association of the Blind and again in 2017 by the Brazilian-based Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind,” LEGO says. “It has since been further shaped in close collaboration among …