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A moment that changed me: Patrick Stewart on the teacher who spotted his talent – and saved him

I skipped the 11-plus and was failing at school. Then I met Cecil Dormand, the extraordinary English teacher who transformed my life for everI never sat my 11-plus. On the day of the test, I wandered around the hills near the golf club above my home town of Mirfield in West Yorkshire. I ate my lunch sitting against a dry stone wall, looking down on the town, where I could see my school pals in the playground during a break in the exams. I doubt if I would have passed, anyway. And, frankly, I jus...
Tags: Family, Education, Children, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Society, Teaching, Culture, Stage, Schools, Parents and parenting, West Yorkshire, William Shakespeare, Venice, Shakespeare

‘It is devastating’: the millennials who would love to have kids – but can’t afford a family

They are working three jobs, changing careers or moving to faraway areas with affordable housing in order to drum up enough money for children of their own. Sadly the numbers still don’t add up“People need to stop telling me to ‘just get on with it’ if I want to have children,” Jen Cleary says, clearly exasperated. “Most of my generation simply cannot afford to. Being childless is out of my hands and it is a devastating and frustrating reality.” Cleary, a 35-year-old former teacher, is recountin...
Tags: Family, UK, Money, Children, House Prices, Life and style, Society, Childcare, Labour, Parents and parenting, Cleary, Anneliese Dodds, Jen Cleary

Lego to remove gender bias from its toys after findings of child survey

Exclusive: research reveals harmful stereotypes still hindering girls, boys and their parentsLego has announced it will work to remove gender stereotypes from its toys after a global survey the company commissioned found attitudes to play and future careers remain unequal and restrictive.Researchers found that while girls were becoming more confident and keen to engage in a wide range of activities, the same was not true of boys. Continue reading...
Tags: Toys, Gender, Children, Life and style, Society, World news, Lego

Facebook pauses work on Instagram Kids after teen mental health concerns

Move follows WSJ revelations that Facebook-commissioned research showed Instagram could affect girls’ mental healthFacebook has halted work on its Instagram Kids project after revelations about the photo-sharing app’s impact on teen mental health.Instagram said it was “pausing” work in order to address concerns raised by parents, experts and regulators. The move follows revelations in the Wall Street Journal that Facebook had commissioned research showing Instagram could affect girls’ mental hea...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Children, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Mental Health, Body Image, Health & wellbeing, Young People

Is my son, 14, a gaming addict? He spends all his time online in his room | Annalisa Barbieri

Computer games may be filling a void left by friendships that fell away over lockdownMy son is nearly 15 and my only child. His father and I separated some years ago and they see each other regularly. My son also has a good relationship with my partner, who has lived with us for a few years. He has always excelled at school and is a talented musician. When he was younger he was confident and eloquent beyond his years; he could make friends or have a conversation with anyone.I have seen huge chan...
Tags: Family, Games, Education, Children, Life and style, Game culture, Parents and parenting, Annalisa Barbieri

Dude, the patriarchy messed up my life – and yours too

I was a kid who adored choir practice and wanted to melt when a fly ball was hit my way, but I felt I had to pretend to be someone elseWhen I was seven years old, a classmate informed me that a girl who acted like a boy was known as a tomboy. But a boy who acted like a girl, my laughing friend said, was just a “sissy”. Related: How to raise a boy: my mission to bring up a son fit for the 21st century Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Children, Life and style, Society, Feminism

British ‘baby shortage’ could lead to economic decline, says thinktank

Social Market Foundation suggests measures including better childcare provision to increase birthrate Britain is facing a “baby shortage” that could lead to “long-term economic stagnation”, a thinktank has said.The Social Market Foundation (SMF) said the birthrate was almost half what it was at its postwar peak in the 1960s, and the country’s ageing population could lead to economic decline. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Politics, Money, Children, Life and style, Society, UK News, Childcare, Thinktanks, Britain, Parents and parenting, Childbirth, Social Market Foundation, Social Market Foundation SMF

The Taliban are not the only threat to Afghanistan. Aid cuts could undo 20 years of progress

The most vulnerable people will bear the cost of sanctions, as services and the economy collapseWatching Afghanistan’s unfolding trauma, I’ve thought a lot about Mumtaz Ahmed, a young teacher I met a few years ago. Her family fled Kabul during Taliban rule in the late 1990s.Raised as a refugee in Pakistan, Ahmed had defied the odds and made it to university. Now, she was back in Afghanistan teaching maths in a rural girls’ school. “I came back because I believe in education and I love my country...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, Human Rights, Education, Children, Law, Women, Economics, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Teaching, Afghanistan, Taliban

‘Can we survive this squeeze?’: how to cope when both your kids and your parents need help

Who can look after my 95-year-old mum? How do I support my troubled teen? Experts’ top tips for the sandwich generation crushed by conflicting demandsWhen I was born, my grandmother was only 58. Her own parents were both dead, her mother having died in her 70s a few years earlier. I am 58 myself now, but my future grandchildren are still probably some years away. Two of my children are still living at home, with all the needs that entails, while my mother, a sprightly 83-year-old, can have every...
Tags: Family, Children, Life and style, Society, Social Care, Carers, Parents and parenting, Bank of Scotland

‘They came for my daughter’: Afghan single mothers face losing children under Taliban

Life for single mothers in Afghanistan has always been marred by stigma and poverty. Now with the Taliban in control, what few protections they had have disappearedThe day after Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital of Balkh province, fell to the Taliban on 14 August, gunmen came for Raihana’s* six-year-old daughter.Widowed when her husband was murdered by Taliban forces in 2020, Raihana had been raising her child as a single mother. After her husband’s death she had fought her in-laws for cust...
Tags: Children, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Divorce, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Global development, Internally displaced people, Sharif, Mazar, Balkh, Raihana

Parental burnout: how juggling kids and work in a global pandemic brought us to the brink

The past 18 months have left many parents and carers feeling overwhelmed, irritable and wrung bone dry. Can balance ever be restored?“I’m tired of how blurred the lines are between home and work,” Julia Thomas tells me as her two boys repeatedly ask for snacks in the background. Thomas lives in London with her husband, twin 11-year-old boys and a daughter, seven. She is a civil servant, but says she is feeling so burned out by childcare that she’s considering quitting her job completely. She isn...
Tags: Family, London, Children, Life and style, Society, Parents and parenting, Thomas, Julia Thomas

‘There is so much bad behaviour everywhere’: how to raise a good child in a terrible world

Amid Trump, #MeToo and rising hate crime, science writer Melinda Wenner Moyer decided it was time to learn how to stop her kids becoming ‘assholes’. Her research became an unusual, much-needed parenting bookWhen Melinda Wenner Moyer looked around in the autumn of 2018, she saw everywhere what she would describe as “assholes”. In the US and the UK, hate crime was – and is – rising. Across the world, #MeToo allegations continued to come. Donald Trump was in the White House and “I just felt like th...
Tags: Family, UK, Children, White House, US, Life and style, Society, Parents and parenting, Donald Trump, Moyer, Melinda Wenner Moyer

‘A kick in the teeth’: British mothers and pregnant women fear return to workplace

Companies recalling staff this month have been accused of not offering flexitime and failing to protect employeesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBefore the pandemic, every morning and night was a cycle of stress and rushing around for single mother Emma Woodburn, getting her two young sons to and from school, childcare before and after work and staying on top of housework.But when, 18 months ago, the 39-year-old from Lancashire was told by her employer she could work ...
Tags: Business, Family, Money, Children, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, Work & careers, Charities, Working From Home, Parents and parenting, Lancashire, Coronavirus, Emma Woodburn

‘Know how to flex on Insta?’: grandchildren and grandparents explain the world to each other

How much do these two generations understand about the lives of the other? We listened in on five family discussions to find outBob Smith sits upright on the sofa as his grandson, Louis Brow, prepares to quiz him on youth slang. We are sitting in the living room of Louis’s family home in Ilkley, West Yorkshire; Bob has travelled over from Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire, in his Nissan Micra. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Technology, Children, Social Media, Life and style, Society, Digital Media, Parents and parenting, Bob, Smith, Grandparents and grandparenting, Walton, Louis, Louis Brow, Ilkley West Yorkshire, Dale Lancashire

Goodbye wicked stepmother: ‘bonus’ families adopting more positive terms

Princess Beatrice is the latest public figure to use new terminology, which many prefer to words such as ‘stepfamily’The wicked stepmother of fairytales and bad films is no more: welcome, instead, to the “bonus” mum, dad and children of the blended families of the 21st century.Princess Beatrice, the Queen’s granddaughter, spoke this week of her “bonus son” after her marriage last year to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Children, Life and style, Society, UK News, Parents and parenting, Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

‘Let them be kids!’ Is ‘free-range’ parenting the key to healthier, happier children?

Now more than ever, children are cooped up indoors and monitored 24/7. But how can they build confidence and social skills if adults never let them out of their sight?She describes herself as having been a “fairly cautious” parent before the pandemic, but Shannon now worries about her children’s safety more than ever. “The pandemic has made me more paranoid and fearful of other people,” she says. She has two sons, aged seven and four, and she’s anxious about them falling ill “because they are to...
Tags: Family, Children, Life and style, Society, Parents and parenting, Shannon, COVID, Indiana Shannon

‘Hidden pandemic’: Peruvian children in crisis as carers die

With 93,000 children in Peru losing a parent to Covid, many face depression, anxiety and povertyWhen Covid-19 began shutting down Nilda López’s vital organs, doctors decided that the best chance of saving her and her unborn baby was to put her into a coma.Six months pregnant, López feared she would not wake up, or that if she did, her baby would not be there. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Education, Children, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, Poverty, Mental Health, Disability, Infectious Diseases, Social exclusion, Global development, Peru, Child Labour

‘I can’t work’: the mothers left to fight alone for their children’s mental health care

Three parents forced to give up their lives and careers to get help for their severely ill children tell their storiesCassandra Leese should have been at the front of the queue when the NHS called on former staff to return to help fight the nascent Covid pandemic in March 2020.As an ITU-trained nurse, she was exactly the sort of experienced frontline worker the health service desperately needed. But instead of rejoining the ranks, she was housebound. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Family, Children, Women, Life and style, Society, Work & careers, Mental Health, Autism, NHS, Parents and parenting, Young People, ITU, Leese

A psychiatrist warns of the signs that may suggest your child is depressed

It can be hard to recognize the symptoms of depression in children. Getty Images 264 million people worldwide were suffering from depression in 2020, according to the WHO. Depression can manifest in children as young as three or four years of age. Spotting symptoms of depression in kids can be hard - the patterns don't resemble those of adults. See more stories on Insider's business page. Eight years ago, the World Health Organisation (WHO) predicted that depression would become th...
Tags: Psychology, Health, UK, Children, Life, Trends, Mental Health, Depression, Child Development, Who, Nordic, World Health Organisation WHO, University Medical Center Hamburg Eppendorf, Mark Gibson, Richard Bailey, BI International

Break out the snacks, build a ‘peace wall’ … 10 guaranteed screen-free ways to entertain kids in the car

Separate squabbling siblings, listen to audiobooks or phone the teddies left at home are among readers’ cunning suggestions to fuel family happiness on long journeysWhen I was a child there were no screens, so we played “the pub game”. You look out for pubs on your side of the car, and receive one point per pub. However, if the pub name is something with legs, then you get extra points – one point per leg, eg the Man and Dog would be seven points (two for the man, four for the dog, plus one for ...
Tags: Family, Children, Life and style, Hobbies, Parents and parenting, Motoring, Kate Griffith Shropshire

Parenting guru Emily Oster: ‘My kids watch TV every night’

Should my kids do extracurricular clubs? How much screen time can I get away with? Oster’s data-driven advice has made her the current go-to expert – but can you really parent by numbers?When Emily Oster’s first child was a baby, she would not sleep through the night. So Oster and her husband Jesse, both economics professors, read endless sleep books. They bought swaddling blankets, and a special rocking baby sleeper that played music, and learned the “five S” method, which involved a lot of swa...
Tags: Family, Children, Life and style, Society, Parents and parenting, Jesse, Oster, Emily Oster, Brown University Rhode Island

A childhood desire to wear women’s pants has returned. Is it perverted? | Ask Annalisa

Don’t be ashamed. Shame is for the other people in your life who failed you, says Annalisa BarbieriAs a child, I stole a pair of my mother’s high-waisted, pink and white nylon knickers and wore them under my short trousers to school. I was six years old and not getting what I needed from her. I felt I couldn’t access her. She was physically and emotionally unavailable, and in a marriage that was “on the rocks”, as she used to say. I had also tried to tell my parents I was being physically, sexua...
Tags: Family, Children, Life and style, Society, Child protection, Social Care, Annalisa, Annalisa BarbieriAs

The knock that tears families apart: ‘They were at the door, telling me he had accessed indecent images of children’

Every month in the UK, hundreds of homes are visited by police officers dropping a bombshell: someone has been viewing images of child abuse. What happens to the families left behind?It was an ordinary summer evening in 2016 for Emma when her ex-husband, Ben, dropped their young children back after a weekend visit at his place. The couple had been divorced for less than a year. Their split had brought with it the usual pain and sadness that comes when a long relationship ends, but things were am...
Tags: Family, UK, Crime, Children, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Child protection, Social Care, Parents and parenting, Ben, Emma, Online Abuse, Sex offenders register

A moment that changed me: my mother died – and I became my brother’s legal guardian

I had told my mum that I would look after Declan after her death. But standing in an airport car park, the ramifications began to rush through my headIt was in Stansted airport’s Pink Elephant car park that I realised all the adults were going home. It was early January 2007 and we had just returned from Mum’s funeral in Derry. I watched as uncles and aunts ambled over to their cars, and there the three of us were left: me, 25, my girlfriend, Jade, 26, and my little brother, Declan, who had just...
Tags: Children, Life and style, Society, Death and dying, Social Care, Derry, Fostering, Stansted, Jade, Declan

Violence against Africa’s children is rising. It stains our collective conscience | Graça Machel

We must apply our own home-grown initiatives if we are to curb abuses of Africa’s most vulnerable Of all the unspeakable injustices suffered by Africa’s children – and I’ve witnessed many – violence is surely the worst because it is almost entirely preventable. Africa’s children suffer many hardships, including poverty, hunger and disease. Violence against children is avoidable, yet young people in Africa, especially girls, continue to live with sexual violence, child marriage, female genital mu...
Tags: Human Rights, Children, Africa, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Domestic Violence, Global development, Global Education, Graca Machel, Children's Health, Sexual Violence, Rape and sexual assault, Rights and Welfare, Conflict and arms

All the trains in my son’s train podcast ranked by how much I hate them | Ben Jenkins

Living in lockdown with small children means distracting them with the same thing, over and over again, until you – like Ben Jenkins – are driven insaneEvery parent of a young child in lockdown either knows this fact or is about to learn it: you don’t get to choose where they find their joy.For example, my two and half year old son likes to listen to the Thomas and Friends Storytime podcast. It is, by some margin, his favourite thing to do. By a similar margin, the opening “toot toot” of the pod...
Tags: Books, Family, Podcasts, Children, Life and style, Society, Culture, Children and teenagers, Parents and parenting, Thomas, Ben Jenkins, Coronavirus

‘Never apologise for being you’: disabled celebrities’ letters to their teenage selves

Don’t buy the pink wheelchair – but do eat your greens (and some pizza too). Disabled comedians, musicians, athletes, writers and mathematicians on what they wish they’d known growing upIf being a teenager is hard for everyone, being a disabled teenager can feel like a slog. No longer protected by the relative simplicity of childhood, you are confronted with the realities of your disabled body and, perhaps harder still to fathom, your place in a profoundly ableist society.Failed by a system that...
Tags: Family, Education, Children, Life and style, Society, Disability, Culture, Disability and sport

New balance: will work be more parent-friendly than ever after the pandemic?

Between home schooling and hybrid working, the last year has brought rapid and radical shifts in our working habits, good and bad. Now it is time to see whether positive change can stickLast month, a video by Maggie Mundwiller, a mother in St Louis, Missouri, went viral on TikTok. It showed her one-year-old son accompanying her to a second face-to-face job interview. (She had asked for an alternative date because she had no childcare. The employer said: “Bring him with you.”) The video featured ...
Tags: Family, Money, Children, Women, America, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Work & careers, Men, Parents and parenting, Guardian Careers, St Louis Missouri, Coronavirus, Maggie Mundwiller

Lilibet Diana: the baby name that represents a royal rift – and audacious hope

By combining the names of the Queen and the Princess of Wales, Harry and Meghan have highlighted two very different approaches to the monarchy. But which will define the future?The joyful delivery of a baby girl to Prince Harry and Meghan is lovely news. But it has been lost, ever so slightly, in the couple’s naming choice: Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.I don’t think they had any say in the surname, so let’s stick with the forenames. Lilibet is, of course, the Queen’s nickname; not, as you m...
Tags: Family, Children, Life and style, Society, UK News, Monarchy, Parents and parenting, Diana, Princess of Wales, The Queen, Prince Harry, Harry, Elizabeth, Philip, Meghan, Margaret

‘I’d like to think my daughter is proud’: the life of single parents – in pictures

When photographer Polly Braden became a single mother, she set out to capture the unique joys and frustrations faced by other lone parents in the UKOn 14 February 2012, Fran took her two children, both aged under five, and left her partner of 10 years. Their relationship had broken down. “He went to work. By the time he came back, we’d gone. We took no clothes, nothing. We just walked. I went into a photo booth and took a photograph of the three of us: I call it my liberation photo. I never look...
Tags: Family, Photography, Children, Life and style, Society, Poverty, Culture, Art and design, Parents and parenting, Polly Braden

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