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

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.

‘Western parents need to chill out about their kids’

The author of Paranoid Parenting says that far from needing a stricter ‘Asian’ approach, Western parenting is already way too intensive.

The parental spending craze

By Vanessa Barford.

Good, bad or none of our business

Nanny state intrusion is creating a generation of guilty, paranoid parents. An essay by Frank Furedi in The Weekend Australian.

Nick Clegg takes ‘parental determinism’ to a new low

It is mad to claim, as the deputy PM does, that poor parenting is more important than poverty in screwing up children’s life chances.

A showtrial of children for being naughty

The conviction of two boys for attempted rape is not only a travesty of justice – it also exposes society’s screwed-up attitude towards childhood.

There’s always a loser in a custody battle – it’s the child

Custody battles are always very messy. Matters are further complicated when – as in the case of Guillaume Ritchie – the parents are of different nationalities and come from different cultures.

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