Homeless children ‘at highest level’
Judith Burns - BBC News, 3 November 2014.
The number of children living in temporary accommodation in Britain is at a three-year high, a charity’s analysis of official figures suggests. The charity’s calculations suggest that in the second quarter of 2014, ending in June, there were 90,569 children living in temporary accommodation in England, Scotland and Wales.
Stay-at-home parents are better for older children
Edmund L. Andrews - Quartz, 30 October 2014.
It’s an issue for fathers and mothers alike. A new study, drawing on extensive data from Norway, found potentially dramatic benefits for older children when their parents had more opportunity to stay at home.
Family companies: relative success
The Economist, 1 November 2014.
Leading students of capitalism have been pronouncing the death rites of family companies for decades, arguing that family firms would be marginalised by the arrival of industrial capitalism. Yet that decline now seems to have been reversed. The proportion of Fortune 500 companies that can be described as family companies increased from 15% in 2005 to 19% today.
Parenting style probably does not raise IQ
Rick Nauert - Psych Central News, 31 October 2014.
The ability to improve intelligence by environmental manipulation remains a subject of considerable debate. New research explores if a parents interactions with their child can help boost the child’s intelligence.
Work and Family Month shouldn’t need to exist
Betsey Stevenson - The Huffington Post, 31 October 2014.
Too often people are forced to choose and that is why nearly half of all parents have turned down a job offer because of the sacrifice it would have meant for their family. What business owner or investor wants to lose talented workers because they forced them to choose?
More children feeling suicidal than ever
Lizzie Dearden - The Independent, 31 October 2014.
More children are considering suicide than ever before, according to ChildLine, who had more than 34,500 calls in a year from under-18s talking about killing themselves. The helpline, run by charity the NSPCC said the figure for 2013/14 was more than double the calls received just three years ago.
Women with children are more productive at work
Ylan Q. Mui - The Washington Post, 30 October 2014.
A recent study from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which found that over the course of a 30-year career, mothers outperformed women without children at almost every stage of the game. In fact, mothers with at least two kids were the most productive of all.
New standards for children’s social work
Judith Burns - BBC News, 30 October 2014.
The government has announced changes to children's social work in England, to restore confidence in the service. The move follows a series of scandals, including the revelation of widespread sexual abuse in Rotherham.
Why are young adults living with their parents?
Neil Shah - The Wall Street Journal, 29 October 2014.
The proportion of young adults aged 18 to 31 living with parents has hit 36% from 31% in 2005, and indebtedness—especially rising student debt—explains roughly 30% of this increase, according to a new study by Lisa Dettling and Joanne Hsu at the Federal Reserve Board.
One in four children “not getting a good education”
Keith Perry - The Guardian, 30 October 2014.
More than 1.5 million children are still not getting a good education, but the Government and local councils are failing to deal with under-performing schools consistently, the spending watchdog has warned.