A good divorce?

A good divorce?

I have always struggled with the term “good divorce” which is a term popularised in the 1990s to describe a break-up in which the parents are co-operative, the children remain close to both, and emerge, apparently, unscathed. Working with broken families, I have never seen anyone emerge intact. So when a new study showed that even a ''good'' divorce may not protect children from the fall-out of a marriage breakdown, it felt more congruent to me. Paul Amato, the lead author, and professor of Read more [...]
How should I tell my friend’s mom about my anxiety?

How should I tell my friend’s mom about my anxiety?

I have horrible anxiety. When adults are angry at me and they text me or call me about it I have anxiety attacks. My friend’s mom is angry at me and she has tried to call me and text me multiple times but I can’t answer because it triggers my anxiety. How do I let her know about my anxiety?

Fathers juggling work-life time bomb

Fathers juggling work-life time bomb

Fathers today want to be more involved in raising and caring for their children but pressures from work are pulling them in the other direction. A new book, Time Bomb: Work, rest and play in Australia today, says half of fathers with young children work more than 45 hours a week, regarded as ''long hours'', compared with 29 per cent of workers overall. In Time Bomb, authors Barbara Pocock, Natalie Skinner and Philippa Williams note that for working fathers the pressure is getting worse and for Read more [...]

French children don’t throw food

A new book has criticised hands-on parenting techniques. Pamela Druckerman, author of French Children Don’t Throw Food, laments her baby girl's inability to sit up at a dinner table as opposed to the obedient French children who sit upright and silent as they delicately eat their fish and chips. Druckerman’s book comes hot on the heels of Amy Chua’s Tiger Mama, which recommends ‘‘tough love’’ parenting to get your children into Yale. In contrast to Chua, Druckerman is arguing for a Read more [...]

Parenting eighteen year old males

Every age brings it own challenges when you are a parent. We would like to think that by late adolescence, our children are out of the woods. Not so. It has been found that fresh out of school,18-year-old males are more likely to commit a crime than people of any other age or gender. Police took action against one-in-ten 18-year-old males in the year to July 2011, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics February 2012, making them the single biggest problem group for Read more [...]

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