issue: parents and kids

Friday 16 October 2015

Tick-box policy won’t raise free-range kids

A report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on ‘a fit and healthy childhood’ encourages adults to let children engage in more risky activities. But sadly the dozens of recommendations and interventions contained within the report risk further encouraging a tick-box approach to raising children.

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Friday 21 August 2015

The myth of England’s miserable kids

The Children’s Society’s latest report relies on nonsense measures and meaningless stats.

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Thursday 23 January 2014

The dangerous myth of today’s ‘toxic’ childhood

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Monday 4 November 2013

Giving sibling rivalry a bad name

The anti-bullying industry has now turned its attentions to brothers and sisters.

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Tuesday 16 July 2013

The Determinist Myth of the Early Years

Whether based on attachment theory or neurobabble, the claim that human beings are set in stone by the age of three is groundless.

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Friday 7 June 2013

‘This manual is, frankly, a disaster for children’

Christopher Lane talks to spiked about the new edition of the bible of psychiatry – ‘a legal document facilitating the medication of millions’.

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Friday 10 May 2013

What’s worse than bullying? Anti-bullying intervention

Emily Bazelon’s new book makes a powerful, eloquent case against too much adult meddling in children’s spats and scraps.

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Thursday 10 January 2013

Does watching TV give you cancer? Of course not

News reports claiming that TV-addicted kids risk getting cancer confirm that the scaremongers mean business in 2013. It’s time to fight back.

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Monday 16 January 2012

Ignore these pedlars of panic - the kids are all right

Report after report tells us that children are sad, lost and in need of expert intervention. Real-world evidence suggests otherwise.

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Thursday 8 July 2010

Set children free by trusting adults

We can only give kids the independence they need if we have faith in other people to look out for them.

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Tuesday 4 August 2009

Let the Children Play

Adults’ fears and mistrust are the reason our youngsters can no longer enjoy free-roaming summer holidays, says Helene Guldberg in The Independent

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Wednesday 29 July 2009

Bullying the public

The latest NSPCC/ChildLine initiative on bullied children presents both adults and kids as toxic beings.

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Friday 24 April 2009

It’s time to move beyond the nature/nurture divide

In advising parents to ignore hectoring experts, Judith Rich Harris’s book still packs a punch 10 years on. But its use of evolutionary theory and social psychology to explain how people are ‘shaped’ leaves much to be desired.

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Monday 2 February 2009

The mother of all interventions

We should roundly reject the new UK report which argues that time-stretched parents are producing damaged children.

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Monday 29 December 2008

‘Autistic children are now seen as a burden’

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, author of Defeating Autism, talks to Helene Guldberg about how raising a child with autism can be made infinitely harder – emotionally, financially and practically – by the charlatanic ‘war on autism’.

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Wednesday 6 August 2008

Don't blame parents for
'cotton-wool kids'

Today is Playday, a celebration of children’s ‘right to play’ - and an ideal time to have a kickabout with the culture of fear that imprisons our kids.

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Thursday 3 January 2008

Shooting down the feminist Thought Police?

The UK government says adults should chill out and let boys play with toy guns. But who made us so uptight about kids’ play in the first place?

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Wednesday 14 November 2007

A playground tumble can do you good

More experts recognise that a scraped knee can be a positive experience for a child. Let’s hope they now relax about other ‘dangers’ in kids’ lives.

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Friday 24 August 2007

A childish panic about the next generation

Many of those fretting over the state of contemporary childhood, concerned that kids are passive, cooped up and sedentary, are motivated by naked nostalgia - sometimes even by snobbery.

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Monday 11 June 2007

Are children being held hostage by parental fears?

A new report calls on parents to let their kids venture out unsupervised. That might be easier if scaremongering officials put a sock in it.

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Monday 19 March 2007

A tick-box attitude to toddlers

When even infants are expected to achieve ‘69 early learning goals’, you know that no area of life is free from New Labour’s tyranny of targets.

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Thursday 23 November 2006

Down with the Supernanny State

When ministers and TV gurus constantly bang on about the pitfalls of parenting, it is little wonder that some mums and dads feel they ‘can’t cope’.

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Friday 17 November 2006

Back to skool

When officials offer parents lessons in singing nursery rhymes, it’s no wonder some are losing confidence in their abilities.

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