A recent study carried out by NetMums established that over a third of babies still don’t sleep through the entire night by the time they are one-year-old. But 62% of parents admitted to having lied about how well their child sleeps under the pressure to appear like the perfect parents.
The Children and Families Bill expected to be introduced in 2012/2013 sets out plans to speed up adoption and care proceedings.
When I recently heard of a petition to ban the advertising of follow on milk and breast milk substitutes to babies over six months, I initially thought it was Lactivist gone mad and a step too far from the pro breastfeeders.
Trends in parenting come and go as quickly as the latest fashion trends on the catwalk.
The Daily Mail have printed yet another horror story. This time it involves sex, parents and children too. Any headline containing these three subjects might sound sinister, but this one is not. “A third of Swedish mothers admit to having sex while their babies are in the SAME bed” read the headline.
Paul Woodward recently hit the headlines for speaking out against parents who allow their children to sign up to Facebook despite being underage, even threatening parents that he will report them to social services. Facebook was also in the news at the weekend as it looks as if the site could remove the current age restriction of 13 and above, potentially opening the social network to millions of children.
Much ink has already been spilled on the recent, controversial, TIME magazine cover which features a photograph of a 26-year-old woman breastfeeding her three-year-old son. Some advocates have said that this is brilliant for the promotion of Attachment Parenting, with others saying that this sensationalizes the issue. But what does the cover – and the reactions to it – tell us about parenting culture more broadly?
There is no use in sugar coating it: parents are falling down in the job. Though most people will concede we mean well, the sad truth is, when it comes right down to it, most things are our fault. Climate change? Our fault. The debt crisis? Our fault. Economic decline, obesity, poverty? That’s us too.
Time to blame the parents. Again.
UNICEF published a report yesterday attempting to explain why the UK appeared bottom of the league for child well-being among 21 developed countries in their landmark 2007 report.
Although no formal family policies have been issued by the Coalition government as yet, every sign shows they think the family just as important to social policy as the last Labour government. David Cameron has talked about the profound influence of his late father Ian, claiming warm and committed two parent families have a greater impact on a child’s life than income. Nick Clegg has declared: ‘Good parenting, not poverty, shape a child’s destiny’.
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