Parenting forum

| June 17, 2013

Our featured forum for June and July is Parenting. This is a subject that brings out passionate and polar opposite responses: What should we feed our precious offspring? How much TV is too much – or shouldn’t we let our children watch movies at all, lest we infiltrate their innocent brains with Hollywood stereotypes? What is safe online behaviour for teenagers? Do they need discipline to learn boundaries or should we let them develop their own sense of right and wrong? Is slapping ever acceptable? Do we need more helicopter parents or tiger mums?

A new report from the Australian Institute of Family Studies shows that more Australian women are going back to work after having children. We look at the rise of stay at home dads and the new role fathers are playing. We’ll investigate the parenting policy including family planning, the paid parental leave scheme and the different views of the parties.

We will discuss the role of grandparents and the larger community for the raising of children. We’ll compare traditional family models versus blended families, examine adoption in Australia and overseas and look at the financial and emotional implications of IVF.

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