Sex education needs to become broader and more ‘human’ in its approach, says Jo Hemmings Given that the dictionary definition of the word abstinence is ‘self-enforced restraint from indulging in bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure’, when used in a sex education context it seems like presenting the proverbial red rag to [...]Continue reading Should schools be teaching the value of abstinence?
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The number of stay-at-home dads is on the up. Charlie Swinbourne finds out why more dads are opting to care for their children I still remember the shock my wife and I felt one day when, after our youngest child tripped over and started sobbing, she ran straight past her mum’s open arms, to me. [...]Continue reading The rise and rise of the stay-at-home dad
As the debate about the best way to parent our children rumbles on, Rebecca Alexander asks whether we’re raising a ‘teacup’ generation Rachel Johnson, the novelist and sister of London Mayor Boris Johnson, recently lamented today’s ‘wretchedly indulgent’ and ‘wet’ parenting, contrasting it with the ‘benign neglect’ shown by her own parents, which she believes [...]Continue reading Helping or hovering: what makes a good parent?
Phil Reay-Smith talks to Trevor about coming out to his children ‘My overriding memory of leaving home is my son Sam running out into the street, screaming. It’s just the most awful thing ever.’ Gay men being parents is nothing new. It’s just the way they become parents that is changing. My friend Trevor became [...]Continue reading When a gay dad comes out to his children
The traditional approach of rewarding good behaviour and punishing bad behaviour is damaging our children’s emotional health, says Jane Evans. It’s time to re-think the way we parent For the past few years I have been exploring the idea that traditional parenting – based on rewarding behaviours we want more of and giving consequences or [...]Continue reading ‘Traditional parenting stunts children’s emotional growth’
The government plans to introduce radical new flexible-working and parental leave legislation from next year. What effect will this have on modern family life, and will it be good news for the economy? Piers Townley investigates Two weeks go by in the blink of an eye. It’s quick enough when it’s your annual summer holiday [...]Continue reading What flexible paternity leave means for your family