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

Growing up independent is illegal? Mom arrested in US for letting nine-year-old daughter play alone

The arrest and jailing of a South Carolina mother who let her nine-year-old daughter play alone at a park has sparked a fresh debate about North American anxieties — and judgments on parents when it comes to supervision and safety, writes Sarah Boesveld.

Keep the emotion police out of family life

The dangers behind the NSPCC’s campaign to criminalise ‘emotional abuse’.

The Cinderella Law: Emotional correctness gone mad

Rather than protecting children, the Cinderella Law could turn family life into a place where no one is safe.

Kids don’t need pills, they need parenting

The expansion of the diagnosis of ADHD among children is driven not by a hitherto unknown medical condition, but the cultural redefinition of the problems of childhood.

Grandma - A Danger to Your Child’s Health

The transformation of Grandma into a health risk to children in her care is a regular theme promoted by so-called parenting experts and researchers.

Parenting Skills Are A Con

It seems that everyone believes that parenting classes are wonderful idea - except for the parents.

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.

We’re creating adult-phobic children

By Robert Alison.

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