• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author
Articles: parenting

Unruly children: How did ‘discipline’ become a dirty word?

The term now implies an abuse of power. And punishment of children is frequently represented as a violation of human rights.

University students - are they toddlers or young adults?

Walking with mum and dad on campus used to be seen as a marker for social death. Today parents are everywhere. Why must we infantilise academic life?

How ‘child protection’ policies harm children

We all want kids to be safe, but the plan to create a new database of children who visit A&E units will have the opposite effect.

Parental determinism: a most harmful prejudice

David Cameron’s proposed parenting classes are built on the bizarre and destructive idea that parenting determines society’s fortunes.

Parents must be free to chastise and also to smack

Tottenham MP David Lammy should be commended for stating that parents need to have the right to smack their children in order to restrain them from anti-social behaviour.

Instead of drugs, children need a good dose of parenting

As far as the American Academy of Pediatrics is concerned you can never drug children early enough.

Nanny state has no business muscling mums and dads out of the way

Australia's Early Years Learning Framework is based on the assumption that government can never intercede early enough in children's lives to compensate for the incompetence of their parents.

It’s time to expel the ‘experts’ from family life

In repackaging parenting as a superbly complex, almost scientific task, a gaggle of experts hopes to colonise our personal lives.

The real danger to our children

Sometimes the most well-intentioned initiatives to protect children end up with unexpectedly disorienting consequences for everyone concerned.

Common sense, not research, nurtures our kids

Most parenting research is not only unnecessary, but also serves to confuse the life of mothers and fathers.

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