Children

Why is the government making it harder to get an au pair?

25 May 2024 9:00 am

You will have heard, I am sure, of the Conservatives’ recent largesse towards working parents, as their ‘free’ childcare policy…

Why Mummy smokes

20 April 2024 9:00 am

It’s 7.02 p.m. and I’m standing outside my house by the bins smoking a fag. Upstairs, I can hear that…

Stop worrying if your child is a picky eater

6 April 2024 9:00 am

One parent in our class WhatsApp chat raised a pressing concern: her daughter was coming home every day with a…

‘Childhood has been rewired’: Professor Jonathan Haidt on how smartphones are damaging a generation

4 November 2023 9:00 am

Something strange is happening with teenagers’ mental health. In Britain, the US, Australia and beyond, the same trend can be…

The insane craze for dog ice-cream

19 August 2023 9:00 am

During the few hot days we had in June, I came across my first tub of dog ice-cream nestled among…

Why British women are turning to Danish sperm donors

13 May 2023 9:00 am

How the import of Danish sperm has become big business

What Miriam Cates gets right – and wrong – about declining fertility

24 February 2023 2:11 am

Fulfil your civic duty. Get married. Have children. That was the message from Miriam Cates, the increasingly prominent Conservative backbencher, to guests…

What happened when I took my son to Drag Queen Story Hour

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Why are protestors so angry about a children’s story hour?

The toxic cult of the superhero

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Why this mad insistence that everyone has special powers?

Parenting matters. It's about time we were brave enough to say so

19 June 2022 7:04 pm

The Duchess of Cambridge has been out and about hosting roundtables with very important people, discussing what can be done…

Enjoyably plummy and male: Battleground – The Falklands War podcast reviewed

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The Battlegroundpodcast on the wars of the 20th century, said presenter Saul David happily, ‘will have lots of bombs and…

Letters: The hard truth about soft power

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Soft ground Sir: We have heard much over the years from the overseas aid lobby about the value of soft…

A question of bravery

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Joe Biden announced in November: ‘Transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know.’ When Conservative MP Jamie Wallis…

Our children are at breaking point – and it’s our fault

9 April 2022 9:00 am

I think it’s time we stopped scaring the children. I think they’ve had enough. They’re at breaking point now, every…

Anxiety is killing parenthood

7 April 2022 10:40 pm

Britain is on a slow descent to oblivion. Scotland is even closer to the abyss, with a birth rate of…

What really happened when my wife left me in charge

12 March 2022 9:00 am

I’m currently standing at the top of Brownie Point Mountain, having spent the past two weeks looking after our three…

The Pope is right: it is selfish to choose pets over children

8 January 2022 7:00 pm

Well, we’ve been terrifically amused and amusing at the expense of Pope Francis, who this week declared at a Vatican…

Would the ancient Greeks have agreed that children are born evil?

6 November 2021 9:00 am

The ‘social mobility tsar’ Katharine Birbalsingh has suggested that children, born evil, ‘need to be taught right from wrong and…

My family and the scars of forced adoption

30 October 2021 9:00 am

My family still bears the scars of the forced adoption scandal

Why I’m paying my daughter to go to church

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Why I’m bribing my daughter to get confirmed

It's no wonder young people have 'eco-anxiety'

8 October 2021 9:29 am

Is it any wonder that children and young adults are going down with ‘eco-anxiety’ , as claimed in an opinion…

The rise of the secular godparent

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The rise of the secular godparent

The sorry state of the modern apology

31 July 2021 9:00 am

I think I would like to apologise for this article in case someone who reads it takes offence. I will…

It’s time to repair the damage done to the Covid generation’s education

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Aswitch of personnel at the Department of Health this week has brought a welcome change in the government’s tone. No…

Why Chinese women don’t want more children

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Chinese women can’t afford a large family