As I type, this morning we woke to the news of a gunman in Norway shooting 80 youths at a camp and 7 people died in an explosion in Oslo.
It is a harrowing and horrifying attack on innocent people and once again we ask, “What the hell is the world coming to?”
Other news stories tend to pale in comparison to these sorts of events but my intention with this post was to bring stories that I found and related to families, parents and children; the topics I like to cover in my blog.
The first news story is Gen Y, although the most connected generation, are in fact lonely.
You will find that most parents that are on Twitter, Facebook or blog often praise the internet with helping them to keep in touch with a greater community. But this article says that Gen Y feel differently. I wonder why that is?
I remember spending a lot of my time in my teens and early 20’s on my own. I got to like my own company. Maybe we can connect the dots and say that social media has impacted Gen Y and their ability to be on their own. I don’t know. What do you all think about it?
And then I read story that there is a suggestion that Facebook can only be used by adults.
The Daily Telegraph is asking readers to participate in a survey to determine just hold is old enough to our kids to have access to technology.
This one is an oldie but a goodie.
I suppose stories like these need to continuously be made news just to keep the subject front and centre and maybe, maybe one day women who take maternity leave won’t be disadvantaged when they return to work.
Here are two stories that fall into the ‘shake your head’ category.
The second is some parents and doctors are colluding to deliberately misdiagnose school children as autistic so they can get help for other problems, a medical professional claims.
Parents are seeking the autism “label” because funding for the condition has increased and more assistance is available for autism than for other conditions.
Isn’t this kind of a self perpetuating scenario? Increase the instances of autism and the funding will come. But if the diagnosis is wrong, then the funding is just going down the drain because the kids aren’t getting the help they actually need.
Here’s an interesting article about a technique called Love-bombing: spending uninterrupted time with your children, and giving them all the affection and treats they want. The aim is that they regress to a state of emotional security and “reset” their minds, so they shake off their anxieties for good.
This isn’t really news to parents. It just has a name now. This technique has been around for a long time and it’s one of those ‘common sense’ approaches to parenting and helping your child get through a rough patch.