A quarter of teen girls say they’re depressed

September 21, 2017 1 comment

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Depression is more common amongst teenagers than previously suspected according to new research. A team at University College London analysed data relating to over 10,000 children, examining typical emotional issues across childhood. They found little difference between boys and girls up the age of 11 but then the sexes begin to divide. By the age…

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Ofsted calls for relationship education

September 20, 2017 7 comments

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Lessons in what constitutes healthy relationships should be a greater priority for schools, Ofsted has concluded. Working with the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Ofsted examines the damaging experiences of children who have suffered domestic abuse in a new report. Amongst other examples, it cites the disruption caused…

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Iceland asks: what’s in a name?

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September 15, 2017 0 comments

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Inhabitants of the isolated North Atlantic nation of Iceland have begun t to chafe against strict rules on what they can and can’t name their children. An official government organisation – the Mannanafnanefnd (|Personal Names Committee) – has specified the names which Icelandic parents may give their children since 1991. Staffed by three academics, the…

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Grandparents hate ‘unusual’ baby names

September 13, 2017 1 comment

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Grandparents hate it when their children choose unusual names for their babies such as Aurora, Noah and Finn. In a recent survey of 2,000 parents and grandparents by parenting sites Mumsnet and Gransnet, 19 per cent of grandparents said they hate or have hated names their children chose. This displeasure is not always kept a…

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School transport: parents of disabled kids must work less

September 11, 2017 1 comment

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Many parents of disabled children have had to cut down their working hours or leave their jobs in order to get their children to school. In a newly published survey from disabled children’s charity Contact, almost half – 48 per cent – of parents claimed that problems with school transport had negatively affected their work….

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The rules parents don’t expect to make

September 10, 2017 0 comments

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Raising a child can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a person’s life, but it never comes without challenges. Parents must act as protectors, advocates and guides for the children while they are young – and many continue to do so even after their kids have become adults in their own right. Rules…

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Activist: Father’s Day ‘should be renamed’

September 8, 2017 9 comments

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An Australian activist has caused outrage online after she suggested Father’s Day should be renamed “Special Person’s Day”. Dr Red Ruby Scarlet, who has a doctorate in early childhood studies, believes that the change would be beneficial to many children, as well as wider families. During a recent appearance on Australian television, she said her…

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Children’s happiness at ‘lowest since 2010’

September 3, 2017 0 comments

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British children are generally unhappier than they have been since 2010, a new report suggests. This week, The Children’s Society published its sixth annual Good Childhood Report, which records various data from around 3,000 children between the ages of ten and 17 and their parents. They were asked about their experiences with 27 possible hardships…

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