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If you want what’s best, wait until she’s two 
By Sian Griffiths talking to Professor Jay Belsky, The Sunday Times Research shows that sending children to nursery too early carries with it certain risks.  It’s not that nurseries are bad but rather a question of timing.  When sent after the age of two they go to school ready to learn, but if sent younger - beware of the child turning into a ‘thug’.
If you want what’s best, wait until she’s two
 
 
Dinner Linked to Better Grades for Teens 
By John McKenzie, ABC News ‘World news Tonight’
Regular family meals have proven to show that teenagers are more likely to receive better grades at school and less likely to turn to substance abuse and other bad behaviours.  Even if it’s not very long this time is seen as valuable, where children have in some way, the support of their parents.
Dinner Linked to Better Grades for Teens
 
 
Families with Full Places, Sitting Down to Dinner 
By Lisa W Foderaro, The New York Times
Finding the time to sit down together as a family for dinner can be a challenge.  But a challenge that is apparently worthwhile.  After decades of decline, there is evidence that many families are making the effort to gather at the dinner table – the place that seems to help reinforce the family unit.
Families with Full Places, Sitting Down to Dinner
 
 
Why the Family Meal is Cooking Again 
By Nancy Gibbs, Time
There is something about a regular shared meal that anchors a family, no matter what the food is nor the topic of conversation.  Research is showing again and again that family meals are what help teach children to be a positive member of their culture.
Why the Family Meal is Cooking Again
 
 
'Super-nannies’ to help parents 
BBC News
53% of people think poor parenting is the main cause of bad behaviour and 85% blame parents for allowing children to become out of control.  So maybe a little help at a particularly difficult time from a ‘super-nanny’  could be hugely effective; a ‘helping-hand’ would make parenting easier.
Super-nannies’ to help parents
 
 
Are we worthy of our kitchens? 
By Christine Rosen, The New Atlantis Journal of Technology & Society
As advertising campaigns resort to the claim that the perfect washer and dryer create the perfect family, family life in fact is as rushed and chaotic as ever turning the so called ‘perfect kitchen’ into no more than an empty kitchen as family meals decline.
Are we worthy of our kitchens?
 
 
Shop Class as Soulcraft 
By Matthew B Crawford, The New Atlantis Journal of Technology & Society
What ordinary people once made, they buy; and what they once fixed for themselves, they replace entirely or hire an expert to repair… Perhaps the time is ripe for reconsideration of an ideal that has fallen out of favor: manual competence, and the stance it entails toward the built, material world.
Shop Class as Soulcraft
 
 
New ideas for health 
J. Sainsbury plc
Food prices, time constraints, and  a lack of parental responsibility are all contributing to the major public health issue of childhood obesity.  Yet it seems that the answer is simple : eating together, exercising together and making better shopping choices.
New ideas for health
 
 
Long hours threat to family life 
By Sean Coughlan, BBC News, ATL Conference in Bournemouth
Teachers forsee a tragedy on the child and the family, yet the government believes that the idea that somehow women going back to work are letting down their children is frankly ludicrous.
Long Hours Threat to Family Life
 
 
Nurseries feel pinch as mothers stay home 
By Rosemary Bennett, The Times
The days of mothers rushing back to work the moment that a child is born are over. So much so that nurseries have been left with thousands of places left empty as more and more mothers decide to take care of their children themselves.
Nurseries Feel Pinch as Mothers Stay Home
 
 
Raising Babies and Keeping Mum 
By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday TimesBabies need to be looked after, ideally by their mother, if they are to thrive.  For the very young the nursery presents a lack of an internal sense of deep safety, love and comfort.  And the reality is that childcare is often run by underpaid, overworked and exhausted staff – not people who can love mummy’s child.
Raising Babies and Keeping Mum
 
 
Food as Art, or Pie in the Sky? 
By Stephen Pollard, The Times
When cooking and eating becomes an artistic experience, when our expectations are confounded and when eating becomes an intellectual pursuit, what becomes of that fundamentally visceral, emotive activity that encompasses family, friends and life in general?
Food as Art, or Pie in the Sky?
 
 
Parents Going Back to the Table 
Raisingkids
As trends have changed parents, especially those of younger children, have become more aware of the importance of sitting down to eat together as a family, of good manners and good conversation.
Parents Going Back to the Table
 
 
The Joy of Housework 
By Michele Kirsch, The Times
We’re at the brink of housework revival – it’s now ok to discuss ironing and cleaning and to admit that you’ve a fascination for all things to do with housework instead of a healthy feminist scorn.  Domesticity needn’t be a chore! 
The Joy of Housework
 
 
Family Sets the Menu 
By Peter Jackson, The Times HigherOrdinary families appear remarkably reluctant to heed the advice of health professionals concerning healthy eating.  Why? – because our choices regarding eating are socially and culturally embedded in ways that make swift change very difficult.
Family Sets the Menu
 
 
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