Category: Parenting

Parents Caring for Children with Complex Care Needs

A new research report has been published by the charity WellChild which explores parents’ experiences of managing care for children with complex care needs throughout the 24-hour day. The study Caring for Children 24-7 was undertaken by Mark Whiting, WellChild Professor of Community Children’s Nursing at the University of Hertfordshire. It provides significant new insights into…

Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle

Parents and therapists alike struggle in their attempts to successfully address a host of maladaptive adolescent behaviours. This should not be surprising since adolescence is that profound developmental period when, accompanied by massive muscular-skeletal, hormonal, and neurological shifts, children gain social and functional independence from their parents. So kids taking a wrong turn or parents…

The Impact of Male Involuntary Childlessness: Part 2

On the first part of this article, I have explored the importance of recognition of the impact of involuntary childlessness on men. Here, I will discuss the pre-transitional, transitional, and post-transitional narratives of men who wanted to be fathers. Pre-transitional The men in this sector, Frank (56), Steven (49), and David, all wanted to become…

The Impact of Male Involuntary Childlessness: Part 1

Recognition of the impact of involuntary childlessness on men is important, not only because of actual and projected demographic change but also because of the lack of material examining male involuntary childlessness (Dykstra and Keizer, 2009). The vast bulk of social science discourse on reproduction is centred on women with little investigation of the male…