Family Life Archive

Keep calm, it’s only a baby

Neurotic mothers, anxious fathers, competitive parenting: when did we become a child-obsessed nation? Polly Vernon meets the GP who believes having children is making us stressed and unhappy – and thinks we all need to relax Can you remember a time before the cult of motherhood? A time when parenting wasn’t viewed as a cross [&hellip

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Cruel to be kind: the rise of detachment parenting

It’s the latest child-rearing method in America. But is it good for the family, asks Viv Groskop What are your plans for today? If you are a parent, the chances are that they will revolve around your children, from ferrying them to various Saturday morning improving activities to worrying about how to get them to [&hellip

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Homework classes for parents planned

Parents are to be paid to attend classes to help their children with maths, English and science homework. It follows a scheme in Illinois, in the United States, where parents were allocated either a free all-day pre-school place for their child or a place at a parent academy. The study found that the parent academy [&hellip

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Do you really know what’s going on at your child’s school?

A teacher with 25 years’ experience writes anonymously about life inside the education system — and explains how parents can work it to their advantage Technically, the Senco was obliged to investigate any claim and carry out relevant assessments, but none of the parents knew this. Further, because we’re an academy, it’s much harder for [&hellip

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The kids who beat autism

Doctors had thought autism was irreversible. Now, new research suggests that one in ten autistic children sheds symptoms before adulthood At first, everything about L’s baby boy seemed normal. He met every developmental milestone and delighted in every discovery. But at around 12 months, B seemed to regress, and by the age of 2, he [&hellip

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The rise of the breadwinner mom: it’s the women bringing home the bacon

It was a hot sunny day when Aaron Traister took his children to play at their local park this week. Like all doting dads, the 35-year-old cherishes those precious moments of quality time with the kids. “It was beautiful. It reminded me of the mornings I used to spend with them when they were little [&hellip

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