More employees ‘taking time off to care for relatives’
Julia Kollewe - The Guardian, 5 October 2014.
More than one in three employers report that absenteeism has increased because workers need time for caring responsibilities, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Simplyhealth.
Most new parents aren’t ready for their babies
Kate Johnston-Ataata and Renata Kokanovic - The Washington Post, 4 October 2014.
Primary care parents find they need to re-orient their lives around their baby, at least in the short term. And partnered parents confront a changed dynamic in their relationship and the need to accommodate a third family member.
Recessions can postpone motherhood forever
Malcolm Ritter - ABC News, 29 September 2014.
A massive new study suggests that for some U.S. women, living through a recession can mean they will never have children. In fact, the authors project that among women who were in their early 20s in 2008 — early in the so-called "Great Recession" — about 151,000 will forgo having any children as a result, at least by age 40.
The american family is making a comeback
Michael Wear - The Atlantic, 1 October 2014.
Marriage is on the decline, birthrates are down, and divorce rates are high. But politicians in both parties are finally putting forth proposals to help—and strengthen society.
Parents forced to cut back to pay university costs
Sean Coughlan - BBC News, 2 October 2014.
Hundreds of thousands of parents are cutting down on their “basic outgoings” to pay for their children's university costs, says a financial data company.
America is defunding its children
Catherine Rampell - Daily Press, 2 October 2014.
The Urban Institute’s eighth annual “Kids’ Share” report takes stock of all the different kinds of government spending that directly benefits children, focusing on the spending controlled at the federal level. The authors found an uptick in federal spending on children last year, with the share of the budget benefiting the young rising from 9.7 percent in 2012 to 10.2 percent in 2013. But don’t expect the party to last.
Why parents hinder the success of their children
Katina Stefanova - Forbes, 1 October 2014.
The current helicopter parent culture delivers immediate results such as better grades and extracurricular activities’ awards, but it may hinder the qualities most needed for entrepreneurship and more generally, for success in adulthood – adaptability, resourcefulness and creativity.
How family traditions are created
John Valentine - The News Obserer, 27 September 2014.
Every young family develops their own routines, sometimes for simplicity, sometimes for identity, sometimes for survival, always for togetherness, always for fun.
Stay-at-home mothers have “worthwhile lives”
John Bingham - The Telegraph, 24 September 2014.
New findings from the UK’s national “well-being” index show that mothers who have put their career aside to care for their children have a stronger sense that their lives are “worthwhile” than the rest of society, official figures suggest.
Children as young as three are online
Victoria Woollaston - Daily Mail, 24 September 2014.
Research has discovered that children as young as three are online by the time they start nursery school, thanks to child-friendly devices like tablets and smartphones. But it has also led to growing cyber safety fears among parents with more than half admitting they do not know how to teach their youngsters about internet security.