parents and parenting

Childcare fees up 3% in last quarter and 34% since Coalition took power in 2013

Childcare fees up 3% in last quarter and 34% since Coalition took power in 2013

Education minister Dan Tehan defends government’s record on childcare costs and urges families to ‘shop around’ Dan Tehan has defended the Coalition’s record on childcare after revelations that fees
Propaganda and sexism prove powerful contraceptives for Chinese women

Propaganda and sexism prove powerful contraceptives for Chinese women

China’s push for more births fails to convince a generation of only-childrenChina’s government has been trying to manage a public U-turn on one of its biggest, longest running and most powerful policy
Culture shock: can trailblazing Japanese minister change minds on paternity leave?

Culture shock: can trailblazing Japanese minister change minds on paternity leave?

Shinjiro Koizumi’s move raises hopes that more new fathers will be emboldened to stay home with their babiesShinjiro Koizumi’s break from his job as Japan’s environment minister began on Friday when
Having children is an expensive business, but not for businesses | Torsten Bell

Having children is an expensive business, but not for businesses | Torsten Bell

Employers should be reassured by an investigation into the costs to them of parental leaveKids cost a fortune to those of us foolish enough to have them. They’re also not cheap for the state since we
The family in 2050: artificial wombs, robot carers and the rise of single fathers by choice

The family in 2050: artificial wombs, robot carers and the rise of single fathers by choice

Technology and economics could radically change our understanding of the family in years to come – and deepen inherited privilegeIn 2004, when the year 2020 sounded futuristic, the Guardian predicted
From the man with a three-week erection to the UK’s last MEPs: what happened next?

From the man with a three-week erection to the UK’s last MEPs: what happened next?

Plus, an update on the trans man who gave birth, the woman deported to Grenada, and moreLast March, Margaret Simons wrote about the abandoned children of British sex tourists in the Philippines.
My life had grown distant from my mother’s – but she tended my baby while I read Marx

My life had grown distant from my mother’s – but she tended my baby while I read Marx

In 1984, my mother thought I was doing a degree because I was a single mum who couldn’t get a job. Cramped together in her house in Ipswich that year, I realised she was there for meAt Christmas in
'Parenting here means checking the ingredients of teargas': my return to Hong Kong

'Parenting here means checking the ingredients of teargas': my return to Hong Kong

Emma-Lee Moss, who makes music as Emmy the Great, on life, new motherhood and her divided birthplaceIt feels as if the entire world’s press is there, standing on the pavement outside the Foreign
Pushed to the limit: six birth stories from around the world

Pushed to the limit: six birth stories from around the world

From pop songs to warm pools, Candice Pires hears six very different accounts of women’s experience in labourMy mum fainted with excitement the day I gave birth. I came home from hospital to find her
Foetus 18 Weeks: the greatest photograph of the 20th century?

Foetus 18 Weeks: the greatest photograph of the 20th century?

In the 1950s, photojournalist Lennart Nilsson set out to capture the earliest stages of existence. His foetus images seized the public imagination – and sparked a controversy that has raged ever
Steve McQueen photos celebrate the joy of London | Brief letters

Steve McQueen photos celebrate the joy of London | Brief letters

Paternity leave | Year 3 project | The Jam | Animals voting | Footballers scrappingYou are right that “a fairer distribution of domestic, caring and paid employment” is the route to greater gender
Shakira: 'I needed surgery – or divine intervention'

Shakira: 'I needed surgery – or divine intervention'

When Shakira lost her voice she was so desperate she went to Lourdes. Now it’s back – and after re-evaluating her life she’s got her sights set on a J Lo-assisted Super Bowl showThere was a time, in
Special needs children are being failed | Letters

Special needs children are being failed | Letters

Readers respond to the latest select committee report on families’ struggles to get educational support for their childrenThis is the most damning select committee report I’ve ever read (Children with
French couple can keep tilde in son's name after court battle

French couple can keep tilde in son's name after court battle

The row over Fañch or Fanch was settled after the parents’ two-year tussle with officialsA two-year French legal battle over an orthographic squiggle has ended in victory for a couple granted the
How can every mind matter in a broken mental health system? | Letters

How can every mind matter in a broken mental health system? | Letters

Readers respond to the launch of the NHS Every Mind Matters campaign and share their thoughts on other mental health issuesCongratulations to Suzanne Moore for highlighting those who are forgotten in
‘I was an intruder’: what it’s like to be your parents’ least favourite child

‘I was an intruder’: what it’s like to be your parents’ least favourite child

Many mothers and fathers admit to having a preferred child – and experts say that being a sidelined sibling can cause serious problemsDiya says she was never in any doubt her mother had a favourite
‘It was seen as weird’: why are so few men taking shared parental leave?

‘It was seen as weird’: why are so few men taking shared parental leave?

Only 2% of new parents split their entitlement. Fathers tell us what’s stopping themWhen Paul and Caroline Roberts had their first child almost two years ago, Paul was determined to do more at home
Separation anxiety: why breaking up with your babysitter is hard to do | Emma Brockes

Separation anxiety: why breaking up with your babysitter is hard to do | Emma Brockes

We became so close over the past four years that when I let her go, we felt affection as well as reliefMy children’s babysitter stayed over this week after I went out late one night. Since my children
French MPs approve IVF draft law for single women and lesbians

French MPs approve IVF draft law for single women and lesbians

Bill is Emmanuel Macron’s biggest social reform since he was elected in 2017France has taken a step towards allowing lesbian and single women to conceive children with medical help, setting the stage
Babies exposed to air pollution have greater risk of death - study

Babies exposed to air pollution have greater risk of death - study

Infant mortality rate higher in babies exposed to pollutants such as sulphur dioxideBabies living in areas with high levels of air pollution have a greater risk of death than those surrounded by