Category: Parental Rights/ Parenting

The Birth Dearth

While Italy, Spain, Iran, and other countries have been overwhelmed, South Korea seems to have flattened out the spread of the coronavirus. South Korea, though, has a deeper trouble: Its culture no longer supports the formation of families and the virtue of having children. The country currently has the lowest fertility rate of any in the world. Its rate of .88 is less than half of the 2.1 needed to maintain a stable population. In other words, while South Korea is busy slowing the spread of COVID-19, she is on the path to national suicide.

Overstatement? Not according to The National Interest, which ran this screaming headline: “Korea’s Future Is Dying (Thanks to Demographics).” South Korea’s rapidly aging populace, plus her alarming suicide rate and paltry fertility rate, will trigger a rapid population decline in 2020.

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Inslee signs new law requiring public schools offer sex ed

A controversial bill requiring every public school in Washington to provide comprehensive sexual education became law Friday.

Now, opponents will begin their effort to try to repeal it.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5395 which mandates a curriculum be available for instruction to students in grades six through 12 in the 2021-22 school year and then all grades, including kindergarten, beginning in the 2022-23 school year.

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Children as young as six are sexting suspects, Met Police reveal

Hundreds of children as young as six have been deemed suspects in sexting offences, a police force has revealed.

The Met Police has warned of the risks of sharing sexual photos and videos of and by under-18s, with reports to police on the rise.

A total of 353 children aged between six and 13 were considered suspects between January 2017 and August 2019.

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The Five Most Common Parenting Mistakes

It’s time to tell it like it is. There is absolutely nothing easy about being a parent. Certainly, the journey is full of fun and gratifying moments if you are lucky. Easy, however, is never used in the same sentence as the word parenting. Similarly, there is nothing easy about being parented, right? Being parented is a bumpy journey as well, full of simple moments and equally complicated ones.

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Top Tips for Managing, Educating and Playing with Children at Home

As I sit down to write a post for this demography blog tonight, it is hard to think of anything but New Zealand’s announcement today that we should be in full lockdown in our homes as soon as possible, and at the latest by midnight this Wednesday.

It is hard to get my head around the many implications of this, including the most imminent one; our three crazy children all at home all the time. Our youngest turns two today. I am still not clear exactly what we can do outside within our family group.

It has been a week of pressure and uncertainty with each new development coming apace.

However, I am also conscious that this will be a golden opportunity for families to come together and enjoy a lot more family time than ever before. For some, this may be the most time they’ve ever been able to spend with their children. As parents, while acknowledging many of us will find it very stressful to manage part or full-time jobs alongside caring for our children full-time, it could also be a very special time of amazing memories if we choose to treat it as such.

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How Do Young Children Make Sense of Death?

By the age of six, most children seem to have a fairly sophisticated understanding of death, according to a recent review of the research.

This is earlier than once thought: the famous early researcher Jean Piaget (1896-1980) proposed that children could not understand death until about the age of 10. He based this notion on the idea that to understand death, children first need to understand bodily systems and how they can come to an end.

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Trying Out Slow Parenting

After work and on the weekends, I often take our boys on neighborhood adventures — to the playground, to the carousel, to the bookstore, to the deli to get popsicles. But even though these outings are fun, I’ve found that…

…en route, I’m constantly calling after them: “Hurry up, sweetie!” “Let’s go!” “Keep walking!” “Come on, honey, follow me!”
One recent evening, I even challenged myself not to tell them any instructions for the next minute.

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Almost Aborted, Grammy Winner Alicia Key’s Mom Chose Life

Alicia Keys, the renowned singer and pianist, has won 16 Grammy Awards and has sold millions upon millions of albums. Yet all of it might not have happened, had her mother stuck to her original plan of having an abortion.

The 39-year-old Keys opened up about her upbringing in her new book, “More Myself: A Journey,” a memoir about her life and her efforts at self-discovery. She also spoke to CBS News correspondent Tracy Smith about her story, including how her mother, Terry Augello, almost had an abortion. Augello was a paralegal who got pregnant after a brief relationship with flight attendant Craig Cook. Smith acknowledged that Augello wrestled with the idea of having an abortion, and ended up choosing life for her daughter instead.

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