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Raising children with barely any boundaries is a growing trend, but experts fear it could lead to a generation unable to fit into society


Parenting styles came under the spotlight last week after a cafe owner told her customers she would no longer tolerate unruly children, followed by a couple appearing on TV to defend their right to raise their kids without rules.

Both incidents sparked angry comments and split opinion – at a time when parenting has never been so hotly debated.

There are over 43,000 books on parenting available on Amazon by expert nannies, ordinary mums and celebrities such as Holly Willoughby.

Bea home schools her boys Peep and Jos
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MARK AND MICHELLE MARRIAGE RESCUE BID Their year long marriage has recently been dogged by rumours of jealousy, infighting and a possible split now sources say Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright are making a dramatic bid to rescue their fractured relationship. The pair were spotted holding hands last week, signalling fresh hope they have finally turned a corner. And sources say that after what have been a tough few months, they have made a secret pact to do everything they can to save their marriage. Mark, 29, and Michelle had been living apart over the past six months while the former Corrie star filmed BBC drama Our Girl on location in South Africa and, more recently, upcoming TV series Tina And Bobby in Manchester.

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