When are the 2018 bank holidays?

It’s been a damp and dreary start to the year - and this cold weather certainly has you reaching for your calendar in anticipation of the warmer months.

Is visiting the beach one of your favourite things to do in Sunderland?

Vote: Where's your favourite place to visit in Sunderland?

Whether we've got rain, snow or blazing sunshine, Sunderland has plenty of places to make the most of your day.

Parents are struggling to cope with the strain of long hours.

Parents 'buckling' under the strain of long working hours, study warns

Work is taking a "heavy toll" on parents, affecting their health and family lives, as they struggle to cope with the strain of long hours, a new study reveals.

A previous Big Fish Little Fish event

Glow sticks at the ready as family rave returns to Sunderland

Get ready to rave with your little ones when Big Fish Little Fish returns to Sunderland next month.

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Do you think smacking should be banned?

'You should be able to discipline your own kids' - readers react to proposed smacking ban

It's a controversial topic - and one which got dozens of you talking.
Were any of these TV shows your favourite?

These are the best children's TV shows of all time - how many have you watched?

Blue Peter, Grange Hill and Newsround have been named the best children's TV shows of all time.
Huw Irranca-Davies Minister for Children and Social Care in Wales with a group of children.

Should smacking your children be banned?

The physical punishment of children is already banned in Scotland - and now those living in Wales are being asked to share their views with their government.

There is a spike in the number of couples considering ending their marriage after the festive period.

'Divorce Day' looms with sharp post-festive rise in couples considering split

Lawyers have dubbed January 8 "Divorce Day" because of the spike in couples considering ending their marriage after the festive period.

Could you help transform a child's life?

Have you got what it takes to be a foster carer?

You may be considering fostering, but worried about what it entails. We look at the requirements for becoming a foster carer.

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Darts wold champion Martin 'Wolfie' Adams with birthday boy Cameron Anderson.

Sunderland teenager scores star 18th birthday visit from world champion darts player

Cameron Anderson’s birthday celebration scored high with partygoers when a star darts player made a guest appearance.

The Bonny Babies finalists.

Bonny Babies 2017: Vote for your winner

Here they are – your Sunderland Echo Bonny Babies 2017 category winners.

Sunderland Echo Christmas Toy Appeal with children from Sunningale School and Hope 4 Kidz apprentice Shannon Crowden.

Toy appeal: How an extra gift from you could make a child’s Christmas

Today sees the launch of the Echo’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.

Sunderland Civic Centre, where children's services are based.

Shocking details of children care reviews show size of task ahead says Sunderland councillor

The magnitude of the task to improve standards of children’s services in Wearside is laid out in the pages of the latest serious case reviews, says an opposition leader.

The display enchanted families across the region.

Thousands of families embrace autumn with visit to Sunderland Illuminations

Families across the North East marked the start of the festive period with an illuminating visit to Sunderland.

Lenny McCourt, who died seven years ago in police custody.

Grandad’s family continue to fight for change to prevent more deaths in custody

The family of a grandfather who died in police custody hope a national review will see other tragedies prevented.

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.

Launching Shotton Little Angels Clare Evans, Zoe Dale and Sam Byson, with a charity football match.

Families reach out to parents also left grieving by loss of babies

Families who have lost a baby are campaigning to give parents like them as much time as they can with their precious child before they say their last goodbye.

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