None of us wants to believe that the family home is a place of abuse and fear but, as Jane Evans discovers, domestic violence is no respecter of dreams and ideals Most of us are brought up to believe that becoming a family will create stability, safety and a sense of belonging, precious memories and [...]Continue reading Children and domestic violence
Archive for ‘The Big Debate’
Two days after the Boston marathon bombing, my son asked: ‘Mummy, why did they kill that boy?’ It’s not a question you want to hear, but you can’t hide from the reality, says Lianne Kolirin He was referring to eight-year-old Martin Richard, who died at the finish line while cheering on the runners. The question [...]Continue reading How to tell your children about terrorism
With summer on the way, we should let children play outdoors – without wrapping them up in cotton wool – and let them take risks, says Liz Fraser It seemed as if it would never happen, but this week the weather gods finally woke up and answered the desperate prayers of a shivering, vitamin-D deprived [...]Continue reading ‘We’re raising a generation that’s afraid of failure’
Now that the stigma of mental illness is slowly lifting, it’s time to talk to the children, says Sarah Owen My sister Rebecca was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 17 years ago at the age of 22, and as mental illness goes she’s quite a way along the spectrum. Although she has had periods of stability, [...]Continue reading Explaining mental illness to children
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?
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?