Move over, Tiger Mum: why it’s OK to be an average parent

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Ilana Wiles is on a mission to persuade mums and dads that they don’t have to be perfect to raise well-balanced, happy children.

How much do parents matter?

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After decades of research, two top anthropologists say parents have far less influence than we think Parents these days are bombarded with advice on what they should and shouldn’t do to raise healthy and well-adjusted children. One wrong step, parents worry, could mean a beloved child turning into a

How does it feel when your parents divorce? Children speak out

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Is there a right time to break up if you are a parent? Here, children of divorcees describe their experiences — both good and bad There are countless books on the shelves advising couples on divorce, but until now we’ve rarely heard what it’s really like from the children’s

The government must listen to parents of premature babies

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Having a new baby is one of the most wonderful experiences in many people’s lives, but if that baby is born prematurely and spends its first few weeks inside an incubator fighting for its life the stress and trauma can be overwhelming for mums and dads.

Is this the strictest teacher in Britain?

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No fighting, no lying. Break the rules and it’s the isolation room. The free-school head Katharine Birbalsingh is convinced that children thrive on tough love, but does it work? Sian Griffiths went to Brent to find out

Parents support pupils in vote to stop homework

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A primary school has stopped setting homework after parents and pupils voted to drop it in a move that it is hoped will encourage children to read for pleasure instead.

Parents post 1,500 pictures of children on social media before fifth birthday

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Parents are posting an average of 1,500 images of their children on social media by the time their child starts primary school, a study has found.

Helping with homework means children do worse at school

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Children whose parents help them to do homework are likely to do worse at school, according to a study. The finding surprised researchers as almost every other form of parental engagement with their child’s education, such as reading at home or attending parents’ evenings, is associated with higher achievement.

How to break your family’s screen addiction

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Children’s screen time has crept up relentlessly over the past ten years. It’s time for parents to act, says one expert Is your child a screen addict? If you think your answer is no, consider this: do they pester you for the iPad, then get upset when told their

Majority of retiring teachers are under 60

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More than four-fifths of all primary school teachers who retired last year had not reached the official retirement age. As the annual cost of paying pensions to retired teaching staff rose by more than €30 million in 2015, to €739 million, figures published by the Department of Education showed