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Obama says family leave is an economic necessity

Claire Cain Miller - New York Times, 21 January 2015.
22-01-2015
When the Labor Department recently gave states grants to expand paid family leave, the money came from the department’s Women’s Bureau. But in the State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama argued that paid leave is not just a women’s issue. “It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us,” he said.
 

Help children thrive, not just survive

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban - The Huffington Post, 20 January 2015.
20-01-2015
The War on Poverty has become America’s endless war. Fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson’s declaration, the fight continues with no end in sight, raising generations of poor American children into system-dependent adults. The author says that “we may not have lost, but we certainly have not won.”
 

‘Free-range’ parents deserve the freedom to parent

Kerry Cavanaugh - Los Angeles Times, 20 January 2015.
20-01-2015
There is no shortage of parenting philosophies and child-rearing movements. But the story of a Maryland couple investigated by Child Protective Services for allowing their two children to walk home alone from the park will, hopefully, start a much-needed conversation about the freedom to parent.
 

Adolescents twice out of school as children

UNICEF, 19 January 2015.
20-01-2015
Around 63 million adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15 years old are denied their right to an education, according to a new joint report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and UNICEF, ‘Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All: Findings from the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children,’ released today during the Education World Forum.
 

Access to quality parenting after divorce

Lora Lee - South China Morning Post, 20 January 2015
20-01-2015
Each family is unique. In order to reconstruct your lives as two families so that your children can thrive, you need to consider all the options and reach an outcome that is in the best interests of your children and the two of you. Access arrangements need to be adjusted for the changing needs of the children, and it’s hard for the courts to compel a parent to honour an arrangement.
 

Families with children “face income stagnation”

Judith Burns - BBC News, 19 January 2015.
19-01-2015
Families with children are at greater risk than any other group in the UK of having less money than they need to live on, suggests a new analysis by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Analysis of the most recent figures suggested at least 8.1 million parents and children had incomes below what they needed, up by more than a third from 5.9 million in 2008-9.
 

Helping poor children can pay big dividends

Lee Dye - ABC News, 18 January 2015.
19-01-2015
A unique, huge study has found that when taxpayers help children in low income families live healthier lives those same children grow up to be more successful adults, thus paying more taxes that partly offset the cost to the government.
 

Six tips on disciplining children

Stephanie Byrne-Biancardi - Life Hacker, 19 January 2015.
19-01-2015
Have you noticed how kids behave differently at school than at home? As an early education teacher, one of the most common questions the author gets from parents is how she gets the children to behave. Here are the discipline techniques she has learned that work at both school and home.
 

Where children are scared to go to school

Gordon Brown - CNN, 16 January 2015.
18-01-2015
This willful destruction of even the most innocent of lives destroys any illusion that Boko Haram will try to shield any civilian, however young or however frail, from its? attacks and killings. As a result, this year is poised to be a year of infamy that could exceed the horrors of the last one.
 

Obesity in children as young as two

Laura Connor - Daily Mirror, 17 January 2015.
18-01-2015
Over the past three years, 85 children in Merseyside (UK) alone have been admitted to hospital because they are so fat. Experts warn that childhood obesity is a “ticking timebomb” and something must be done urgently to break kids’ bad habits.
 
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