Posted on August 19 2009 Read more...

Glorious Grandparents

I had a fascinating conversation with Jean Stogden recently.  Jean, who is a member of the Family Commission, has spent the last 10 years raising awareness of the role of grandparents as founder of Grandparents Plus – an organisation she set up with the great social entrepreneur and social reformer, Sir Michael Young in the 90s. Recent reports from Grandparents Plus highlight the crucial role of ...
Posted on August 17 2009 Read more...

The upside of the downturn?

There seem to be conflicting views about what impact the recession is having on family life.  We all know, from our own communities, that the tough economic times are having an impact on families - particularly those directly effected by redundancies - and this is being echoed in the early evidence from our Family Commission survey work.  But whether there are unexpected benefits or opportunities is a matter ...
Posted on August 14 2009 Read more...

Playing out

As we hit the half way mark of the summer school holidays, few parents will need to be reminded of the daily dilema they have in ensuring that their children are able to play out with friends and enjoy themselves but also stay safe.  That’s why many wont  be surprised to read the statistics out this week from the pedestrian charity http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/ which tell us that almost ...
Posted on August 13 2009 Read more...

Keeping in touch – Terminate the Rate

4Children has just joined a really important campaign.  Terminate the Rate aims to reduce unfair charges made by mobile phone companies on people calling mobiles from landlines.  Our family work has already shown how important it is for families to be able to keep in touch.  Whether it is isolated elderly relatives; family members living long distances apart; or parents wanting to be able to keep in touch with ...
Posted on August 7 2009 Read more...

Positive about parents

Hardly a day goes by without someone decrying the state of parenting today but an interesting report recently published by the Nuffield foundation (highlighted in a piece in the Independent today) has found that parents today are more conscientious than they were 20 years ago, spending more time with their kids and paying more attention to where they are outside the home.  Academics at Oxford University ...
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