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FREE online course to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children

SelfharmUK and the Virtual College have worked in partnership to create a free online course designed to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children. Thousands of children and young people in the UK are thought to be impacted by self-harm each year. Spotting the signs can be difficult, and approaching the […]

Children’s & youth work links

Links from around the world of children’s and youth work: What happened when 9 teens gave up their mobile phones for a week: anyone who has worked with teenagers for more than 5 minutes know how connected to their mobiles they are.  So what happens if they were separated from their mobile lifelines for a full week? […]

Living with a teenage stranger

If you aren’t a parent of teenagers but work with teenagers take 5 minutes to read this column on living with a teenage stranger to understand the challenges parents face: I am mother to a teenager – a role I was naively looking forward to because it was never going to be too hard. After all […]

Ofcom’s Children’s Media Use and Attitudes Report 2015

The 10th Ofcom report on ‘Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report‘ has just been published. This report examines children’s media literacy. It provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15, as well as detailed information about the media access and use of young children aged […]

Ikea’s 2014 Christmas advert was a challenge to all parents

This advert from last Christmas by IKEA in Spain is a powerful reminder about what it is that children actually want for Christmas: [youtube id=”EQ3ePGr8Q7k” width=”580″ height=”337″]  

Average Dad injured 22 times a year by their children!

A recent report revealed the average dad suffers 22 injuries a year because of their children! From accidental kicks to the face to bad backs from being a human climbing frame, the wear and tear on Britain’s dads was revealed in a study of 2,000 parents. In fact, the average dad with school-aged children experiences […]

Setting the boundaries with children

Rob Parsons takes a look at different parenting styles and the importance of giving our children security When it comes to a particular style of child rearing, the truth is that when we become parents, few of us make a conscious choice about it – we just do it, making it up as we go […]

Books I have read: Chronicles of a Desperate Dad

I picked up the Chronicles of a Desperate Dad by Mark Richards in a charity shop and I’m glad I didn’t pay full price for this book. It attempts to be a humorous take on being a dad with Mark recording his attempts at parenting Tom, Ben and Jessica.  At the start this works, but after a […]