Too much farming out of children leads to problems
Commuter parents are taking to putting their children in care before school opens in the morning, but an Australian study finds that, for school beginners at least, this can lead to problems.
Fatherhood and biology
It seems that the more a father gets involved in caring for his children, the lower his testosterone level drops.
There is no “Nordic model” of childcare
There is a Norwegian and a Finnish model offering a choice of daycare or a homecare allowance, and there is the Swedish model offering only daycare with no national homecare allowance.
Sweden’s working mums stressed out
Swedish researcher and family man Jonas Himmelstrand talks in this video about how he began to examine the myth that Sweden is a family-friendly society.
Gen Y not so keen on gender equality
An Australian study has set the traditional-role-division cat among the
gender equality pigeons: the tide of opinion seems to have swung against
the feminist ideal of an equal division of domestic and market work
between husbands and wives.
New childcare research: beware the fine print
Here is something else from Canada: commentary by Andrea Mrozek of the
Institute of Marriage and Family on recent childcare research which
purports to show no negative overall effects of mothers working outside
the home during the first year of life.
Maternity leave and the mummy wars
A brand new survey of what women really want concerning paid maternity
leave is most revealing. Contrary to the usual line that basically all
women want a paid career, with perhaps family thrown in on the side,
this new Australian poll finds overwhelming support for the importance
of stay-at-home mothering.
Consult baby before changing nappy
With fewer babies around these days, scientists and assorted experts
are paying them more attention than ever before. One theory with a
growing number of disciples is based on the idea that one should treat
babies like little adults, consulting them before changing a nappy or
taking them on outings.
Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@ mercatornet.com