A baby is not a chattel
8 May 2015
A ruling by the High Court in London that a baby should be taken away from a surrogate mother suggests that children can be treated like commodities.
How much independence should children have?
22 July 2014
In 2001, as adult supervision seemed to be extending into every aspect of children's lives, Frank Furedi wrote the seminal Paranoid Parenting. Now, as a mother who let her nine-year-old go to the park alone is jailed for abandonment, he realises that the problem is far worse than even he imagined then.
Growing up independent is illegal? Mom arrested in US for letting nine-year-old daughter play alone
National Post (Canada),
16 July 2014
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
30 May 2014
The dangers behind the NSPCC’s campaign to criminalise ‘emotional abuse’.
The Cinderella Law: Emotional correctness gone mad
2 April 2014
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
13 August 2013
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
Huffington Post UK,
2 July 2013
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
Huffington Post UK,
31 March 2013
It seems that everyone believes that parenting classes are wonderful idea - except for the parents.
Unruly children: How did ‘discipline’ become a dirty word?
25 March 2013
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?
7 March 2013
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?