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Editing Enid Blyton... this week in Parent land

They say a week is a long time in politics. And, they're right. I was going to write that it was nothing compared to a week in parenting, but honestly, politics wins hands down this year. Parenting though is still, really, super-busy. Here's what you may have missed in the push-me pull-me, wobbly fun-house of Parent land.

Congratulate yourself if you are a 'Live-editor'

of children's books

Hands up any parent of a certain age who reverently picked up an Enid Blyton book and began to read it to their child. Only for that warm glow of smugness to disintegrate into a stuttering mess of long pauses, ums and 'oh dears'. This is what the Guardian this week have called 'live-editing'. You know the drill by now if you've tried any number of your own childhood favourites - one minute you're painting a charming picture of a long ago innocent time, the next you're changing names, or skipping entire sections with the panicked eye of modern day parenting.