Parenting

The reason middle-class parents are so anxious

10 August 2019 9:00 am

On that record-breaking, sweltering day at the end of July, my three-year-old son did a pirouette in the paddling pool…

My daughter’s gone to Magaluf, and it’s hard not to worry

13 July 2019 9:00 am

At the Leavers’ Ball held to mark our daughter’s last day at boarding school, there were only two topics of…

The dad revolution hasn’t helped our children – or us

15 June 2019 9:00 am

The fatherhood revolution has failed

Parent trap: WhatsApp groups are feeding our fears

25 May 2019 9:00 am

WhatsApp groups are feeding our fears

Home truths: Are nurseries damaging our children?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Do children do better when they’re not in nursery?

Did the makers of When I Grow Up have no qualms turning a small boy into a hate figure?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Channel 4’s When I Grow Up had an important lesson for middle-class white males everywhere: you’re never too young to…

Stop going through the motions – committees are a waste of time

27 April 2019 9:00 am

I’m not joining your committee

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Dear Mary: How can I get my annoying children to answer my texts?

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Q. I have learned through a third party that a friend, who is feeling particularly insecure these days, has not been…

Children are everywhere – and they’re spoiling everything

28 July 2018 9:00 am

The kids are now in charge

Is public school still worth it?

17 March 2018 9:00 am

More parents are deciding not to send their children to private schools says Eleanor Doughty

An army-style course run by children’s party firm Sharky & George

Whatever happened to good old-fashioned boredom?

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Constance Watson believes there’s more to after-school activities than chess societies and extra maths

How can I stop my children renting out their flats and coming to stay?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Q. My children are very lucky in that we have bought them all flats. However, they are now renting out…

Immaculate Spanish home, frenzied English children. What could possibly go wrong?

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Immaculate Spanish home, frenzied English children. What could possibly go wrong?

An away day with foul-mouthed football fans is very heaven for my sons

1 April 2017 9:00 am

I can barely contain my excitement. The Easter break is nearly upon us and I will soon be heading off…

Parents? They can’t handle the truth

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Mark Palmer asks why today’s teachers pull their punches in school reports and at parents’ evenings

Why I’d like to be a more dangerous dad

26 March 2016 9:00 am

According to figures obtained by BBC Breakfast last week, more than 500 people were arrested in England and Wales in…

Driving test advice from 80 years ago

6 June 2015 9:00 am

First test The driving test celebrated its 80th anniversary. The first person to take the test, R.E.L. Beene of Kensington,…

American teenagers in the 1940s: part of the Silent Generation — so called for conforming to the norm and focusing on careers rather than activism

Older, more angsty...and maybe wiser: the new face of growing up

2 May 2015 9:00 am

We live in an age of generational turmoil. Baby-boom parents are accused of clinging on to jobs and houses which…

The bits of Magna Carta that David Cameron won’t want taught in schools

21 June 2014 8:00 am

The not-so-great charter David Cameron wants every child to be taught about Magna Carta. Some bits he might want to…

The publicist who's doing her best to keep me off TV

17 May 2014 9:00 am

I went to a meeting at Penguin earlier this week to discuss ‘publicity opportunities’ for my forthcoming book. Chance would…

Why working class grandparents are better than middle class ones

22 March 2014 9:00 am

When I told a friend that my nine-year-old son was staying with his grandparents for the whole week of the…

Why Boris is wrong to say that the children of jihadis should be taken into care

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Do your children have a bleak and nihilistic view of the world? It’s hard to tell, really, when they spend…

Ecoutez bien!

18 February 2012 10:00 am

The French make it look easy: small babies sleep through the night, toddlers calmly eat four-course lunches, well-dressed mothers chat…

The mother’s tale

18 March 2009 12:00 am

The Lost Child, by Julie Myerson