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Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is a New Zealand journalist with a special interest in family issues. She began her working life as a secondary school teacher but always fancied the life of the scribe. Too late, she realised that the latter is even more work than teaching Shakespeare to 15-year-olds and the pay is generally less. Being a reluctant geek, she has never quite got over the surprise of finding herself the deputy editor of an online magazine—a pleasant sensation for the most part.

She once wrote a book—the history of New Zealand’s own anti-porn movement in its heyday—for which she got mixed reviews and no awards. She lives in the country’s largest city, Auckland, which is three hours by plane from Sydney—the hub of MercatorNet—and too far for comfort from anywhere else of importance. Still, it is a very nice vantage point from which to meddle in the affairs of the world.

Swedish home-schooling leader goes into exile
13 Mar 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: homeschooling, Sweden
Sweden has one of the highest fertility rates in Europe. What you can do with your children once you have them, however, is not altogether a matter of choice.

UK govt eyeing toddlers in bad behaviour crackdown
12 Mar 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: child behaviour, daycare, schools
The challenge of dealing with bad behaviour among young people remains on the British government’s agenda following last summers riots, and lectures to the parents cannot be relied on to produce the necessary reform.

A musical path out of poverty
9 Mar 2012 | FEATURES |
tags: El Sistema, music, poverty
A visionary Venezuelan programme for social development is catching on around the world.

The age of reason
6 Mar 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: children, moral education, reason
“I don’t want to go to jail, I don’t want to go to jail,” cried the young offender on being told the police were on their way. No chance of that; he was only 8 years old.

Parenting tip: pulling a tooth
2 Mar 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: humor, parenting
Video: a novel way to conquer the trauma of pulling a kid's tooth.

Fathers without jobs
1 Mar 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: fathers, unemployment
As men sometimes complain, they have tended to be overlooked in the great exodus of women from the home into the workforce and other changes affecting women and motherhood during the past 50-60 years.

Harvard - home of ethical porn
28 Feb 2012 | FEATURES |
tags: Harvard, pornography, universities
There are more things to consider in choosing a university than most parents have dreamed of.

Nasty no more
27 Feb 2012 | CONJUGALITY |
tags: conservatives, UK
British Conservative MP David Burrowes suggests David Cameron's support of ‘gay marriage’ is part of his decontamination strategy to show that Conservatives are a ‘modern party’ – socially liberal, ‘with it’ and cool.

How video games affect attention spans
27 Feb 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: attention span, video games
The few glimpses I have had of video games, courtesy of young relative, have left me with the impression that one needs a very agile mind, able to constantly react to developments in the game and make instant decisions.

Same old, same old from WHO
17 Feb 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: Africa, contraception, HIVAIDS, WHO
Business as usual. That’s the message from the World Health Organisation following its experts meeting last month to review the safety of hormonal contraceptives where there is a risk of HIV transmission.

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