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Laura (age nine) rides her bike alongside me, telling me it’s ‘OK’ for her to ride on the road, as she always does. We reach her house, which has an expansive driveway and a large inflatable Christmas archway by the door. Laura tells me to come in for a cup of tea. She opens the door. Joseph (age 11), who also knows me from school, is standing there, saying, ‘What are you doing here?’ in a gruff voice. He then laughs, and ushers me in with one hand. Stood beside him is Laura’s younger sister Jane (age three), a round toddler wearing Winnie the Pooh pyjamas. Jane uses the same hand motion to beckon me in as Joseph did. Laura’s nan appears at a door to my right. I murmur something about not wanting to impose and Nan tells me to come in for tea, but warns me, ‘It’s a mad house in here.’
KeywordsPersonal Relationship Personal Life Corporal Punishment Middle Childhood Child Poverty
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