Teenagers are emotional, aren’t they? They live in an unpredictable vortex of logic, painfully transitioning from child to adult in the dramatic manner of Doctor Who regenerating. This makes parenting tricky, because you never know who you are going to encounter in the kitchen. Frankly, I’ve more chance of finding all our missing socks than I have of working out what is going on in my 13- and 14-year-old daughters’ minds.
It’s that anxious time of the year again, when frantic working parents glance at the Kitchen Chart of Doom and recoil in horror as they realise it’s almost summer. Other — better — parents have already snapped up all the decent holiday activities for their kids.Six weeks of chaos and childcare confusion lie ahead. So why is it still such a long break? The summer vacation is a hangover from Victorian times, when offspring were needed to help in the fields.
A new rebellion has erupted in the Candy household. Both my teenage daughters, 13 and 14, have developed a resistance to PE. This is troubling, especially for a mum like me who has discovered the joy of exercise in my forties. Both were keen on sporty endeavours until now and initially I was confused by their reluctance — but it is a common topic of conversation at the school gates for year 8 mums onwards.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".