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A school for children — and their parents

Fawn Johnson - The Atlantic, 9 January 2015.
10-01-2015
One charter school in Washington D. C. aims to combat poverty by offering a range of free classes for adults, as well as early education for their kids.
 

Next generation holds the key to family giving

Steven Crandell - The Huffington Post, 9 January 2015.
10-01-2015
Some people look to philanthropy to provide the glue for a dysfunctional family. But without effort by family members, even the most carefully laid out giving program can run into problems. In some cases, family giving can become a place for airing old resentments, and a project designed to bring the family together can do just the opposite.
 

The risk of ‘material parenting’

Ron Lieber - The New York Times, 8 January 2015.
09-01-2015
Does dangling goods in front of children as a reward for good behavior or yanking them away as a form of punishment contribute to materialism when those kids grow up? After half a decade studying the matter as a marketing professor at the Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri, she says she believes that there’s a connection.
 

Study finds more reasons to get and stay married

Claire Cain Miller - The New York Times Company, 8 January 2015.
08-01-2015
Social scientists have long known that married people tend to be happier, but they debate whether that is because marriage causes happiness or simply because happier people are more likely to get married. The new paper, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, controlled for pre-marriage happiness levels.
 

Family planning in China - Enforcing with a smile

Shilipu - The Economist, 10 January 2015.
08-01-2015
Enforcers of China’s one-child policy are trying a new, gentler approach, but changing habits could prove hard.
 

Worrying rise of the iPad childminder

Tanith Carey and Antonia Hoyle - The Daily Mail, 8 January 2015.
08-01-2015
These days more babies than ever are being entertained with these devices. A poll by parenting website Babies.co.uk found that half of parents routinely allow infants to play with their iPhone or tablet. One in seven allow their tot to spend more than four hours a day playing with them.
 

The crackup of the American family

Michael Barone - New York Post, 6 January 2015.
07-01-2015
How big a problem is family fragmentation? “Immense,” says Mitch Pearlstein, head of the Minnesota think tank Center of the American Experiment — “the biggest domestic problem facing this country.”
 

Children’s mental health is parents’ greatest concern

Judith Burns - BBC News, 7 January 2015.
07-01-2015
Some 40% of 2,267 parents surveyed by Action for Children said their children’s emotional well-being was a primary concern. Among mothers, this rose to 47%, according to the charity’s analysis of data collected by YouGov last year.
 

Get family talking at mealtimes

Heidi Stevens - Chicago Tribune, 6 January 2015.
07-01-2015
A delightful new book written by the co-founder of The Family Dinner Project offers a road map to healthy, happy mealtimes — including an often-overlooked part of the ritual: the conversation.
 

Children are not born nice

Mark Prigg - Daily Mail, 6 January 2015.
07-01-2015
It is one of the most debated concepts in psychology, whether altriusm is a result of nature or nurture. Now, a pair of Stanford psychologists has conducted a new series of experiments that show altruism has environmental triggers, and is not something we are simply born with.
 
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