Tag: Children

Redefining Marriage: The case for caution by Julian Rivers

Redefining Marriage: The case for caution by Julian Rivers

The Government’s proposal to introduce same-sex marriage seems to rest on reasons of equality, stability and convenience. But on closer inspection, these are respectively incomplete, speculative and negligible. As currently defined, marriage secures the equal value of men and women. It also promotes the welfare of children. By contrast, the new definition of marriage will unavoidably call into question its exclusivity, its permanence and even its sexual nature.

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A cure for compulsive consumerism

A cure for compulsive consumerism

by John Hayward Over four years ago, UNICEF published its Innocenti report Child Poverty in Perspective: An Overview of Child Well-being in Rich Countries, highlighting how the physical and emotional well-being of British children is the worst among the world’s wealthiest nations. For at least some of its authors, the problem seemed to be just […]

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Does marriage improve child development?

Does marriage improve child development?

by John Hayward Research published this week by the Institute for Fiscal Studies finds ‘little or no evidence that marriage itself has any effect on children’s social or cognitive development.’ It is worth looking at this study in the context of other similar studies. These have also found some support for theoretical perspectives emphasising parental […]

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Safe sex education recommendations

Safe sex education recommendations

by John Hayward The primary school at which I am a parent governor is currently revising the materials it uses for sex and relationships education, in recognition that the 1970s BBC videos that it had been using in recent years are very outdated. The school is likely to use the excellent SRE unit from the […]

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Increasing Cohabitation – a concern?

Increasing Cohabitation – a concern?

by John Hayward I have just taken a media inquiry about updated marital status population projections published today by the Office for National Statistics. The report predicts that the proportion of adults who are married will drop from 49 per cent to 42 per cent over the coming quarter of a century (2008-2033), the proportion […]

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Relationships Impact Warning

Relationships Impact Warning

With allusions to the damage caused by passive smoking, this is the first in a series of three sex education videos from the ‘Fair Sex’ movement inspired by the book ‘Just Sex: Is it ever just sex?’

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Making time for children

Making time for children

Michael Clark, March 2004 ‘There is no doubting the scale of parental dissatisfaction with work–life balance. Survey after survey has shown that what people want in these days of near-full employment is not money, but time – and more choice on how to spend it.‘ [1] It is unusual for a week to go by […]

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Obesity: causes and cures

Obesity: causes and cures

Michael Schluter, March 2004 Obesity in Britain is a rapidly growing problem. Since 1980 the number of obese people has trebled. It matters not just because it is generally associated with low self-esteem, but also because it increases the risk illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Obesity is estimated to cost the NHS £500m a […]

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Whose duty of care?

Whose duty of care?

Michael Schluter, June 2003 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. Proverbs 1:8–9 If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will […]

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Gender co-operation: some implications of God’s design for society by Michael and Auriel Schluter

Gender co-operation: some implications of God’s design for society by Michael and Auriel Schluter

  Summary There is much tension and unhappiness in contemporary gender relations. This was not God’s original design. Men and women were not intended to be separate or to compete but to co-operate. Despite the tensions resulting from the Fall, gender co-operation creates immense opportunities since men and women were designed to be interdependent. Gender […]

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