Children Archive

Parents and police

Charity speaks out on Rotherham Sir, The reader who referred to the Rotherham victims’ parents as “the authors of all this misfortune” in her recent letter (Aug 29) negates the complexity of child sexual exploitation. A child protection model that focuses on identifying risks in the home misses the needs of older children, who often [&hellip

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Parental split ‘worse for rich children’

The separation of parents affects children from richer families more than those who are from poorer backgrounds, according to a report. Researchers from Georgetown University and the University of Chicago found that children were more likely to have behavioural problems after their parents split up when they came from higher-income families. It also found that [&hellip

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Kevin Maher: The new ground rules for parenting

A parenting class in the north of Scotland brought Kevin Maher down a level or two. It’s a lesson he’s never forgotten There can be few sentences more dispiriting and downright repellent to first-time mums and dads than a chirpily fired, “So, how about eight weeks of intensive parenting classes, eh?” And yet this, after [&hellip

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How to be a better parent (and a better partner)

Don’t bully your children Some parents put intolerable pressure on their children. Their attitudes can be very bullying: “I’ve given you everything, you’re lazy and ungrateful, just work harder!” They want their children to follow in their high-flying footsteps or achieve what they didn’t. They have rigid expectations, a fantasy of the child that they [&hellip

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Divorce advice for the 250,000 children who need it

Children whose parents are splitting up will be able to seek help and advice from teenagers who have experienced family breakdown thanks to a new internet helpline launching this weekend. Kidsinthemiddle.org.uk will also offer video explanations of the stages of divorce and what the jargon means, with youngsters interviewing lawyers and parents. Its founders say [&hellip

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Let children tackle bullies on their own, parents told

Parents should leave children to protect themselves against low-level bullying, an academic has suggested. Overprotective parenting allows bullying to flourish because children do not become “inoculated” by dealing with conflict on their own, Dieter Wolke said. The professor of psychology at Warwick University said parents who do everything for their children often fail to equip [&hellip

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