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Today’s parents are much too hard on themselves

John Pickering - The Washington Post, 13 January 2015.
14-01-2015
Years of experimental research are now converging on a very simple, and plainly obvious, conclusion: the way we parent our children has a profound effect on how they develop and go on to contribute to society. Put differently, the specific parenting strategies we use with our children have a direct and significant impact on our children’s life chances and opportunities.
 

How marriage makes people healthier

The Economist, 13 January 2015.
14-01-2015
The link between marriage and better health is well established. Less clear is whether marriage causes good health or vice versa—healthy people may simply be more likely to marry in the first place. A recently updated paper looks at data on Americans between the ages of 20 and 64 in order to try to work out which way the causation runs.
 

The key to children who are on the money

Rohan Boyle - The Guardian, 13 January 2015.
14-01-2015
Shopping has never been so easy. The ubiquity of smart phones and tablets, and the boom in online retailing, has ramped up pressure on everyone to consume. As children are particularly vulnerable to such influences, parents and carers face the challenge of ensuring they impart the right knowledge and experience to help them avoid the biggest pitfalls.
 

Talk to children about distressing news stories?

Annalisa Barbieri, The Guardian, 13 January 2015
14-01-2015
You may feel tempted to try to shield your family from bad events in the world – but ultimately that might just make things worse, when somebody else tells them. So what should you do?
 

Hard times for working-class America

Lois M. Collins - Deseret News, 12 January 2015.
13-01-2015
Andrew J. Cherlin believes the American working class — made up of those with a high school diploma but no college degree — is falling on very hard times — a complicated combination of lack of jobs that provide a wage adequate to support family and cultural changes that include a decline in marriage among all but the college-educated.
 

State needs to better protect children

Tampa Bay Times, 12 January 2015.
13-01-2015
Once again, Floridians are stunned and sickened by the death of a child, 5-year-old Phoebe Jonchuck, whose father dropped her off the side of a bridge. Once again, state legislators, child advocates and caring residents are wrestling with how government can save children from dysfunctional parents and caregivers.
 

Guidance on children’s use of mobile media

Duluth News Tribune, 12 January 2015.
13-01-2015
Mobile and interactive media offer a range of education and entertainment options for toddlers and parents, but more research on their impact is needed, according to a review of existing studies.
 

Raising children — what’s the hurry?

Chris Kenny - The Australian, 12 January 2015.
12-01-2015
When our children arrive we invariably want to see them smile and wave, then crawl and walk. There is the thrill of vocabulary growing, the first day at school and the sports field camaraderie. There is the achievement of the child becoming the man; the paradoxical pain and comfort of feeling the first fend-offs of independence. As any parent of adult children will tell you, it passes in the blinking of an eye. So this time, I am trying not to hurry, not to wish forward the next stage.
 

Most parents can’t help with school homework

Ollie Gillman - Daily Mail, 11 January 2015.
12-01-2015
Two thirds of parents admit that they cannot help their children with school homework because it is too hard. Maths and science are the subjects parents find the hardest, leaving them embarrassed when they are unable to help, a study of 2,000 mothers and fathers found.
 

How to raise successful children

Lisa Grace Lednicer - The Washington Post, 9 January 2015.
10-01-2015
“I don’t have time to talk about parenting with the moms of my daughter’s friends, and, besides, they’re all going through the same thing I am. I started thinking about the people who have raised successful children, and I wanted to explore how they did it.”
 
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