‘Go outside and play’ Zuckerberg tells daughter
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has welcomed his second child into the world with a simple wish: that she takes time “to smell all the flowers”. Should we all spend more time playing?
New law says platonic friends can be parents
This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the UK. Now two Canadian women have become “co-parents” to a disabled boy, despite not being in a relationship. Could friends make better parents than lovers?
‘Advent of the virgin births’ at IVF clinics
There are ‘dozens’ of women in the UK who have never had a relationship, but successfully had a baby through IVF. The end of men? Or a welcome opportunity for modern women?
Parents arrested for taking sick child abroad
The mother and father of five-year-old Ashya King were arrested in Spain after taking him abroad for treatment. Who should decide what is best for a sick child, his doctors or his parents?
Sporting star in Father’s Day tribute
On Father’s Day, golfer Justin Rose thanked his father, now dead, for spurring him on to success. But family groups say negative stereotypes of ‘hopeless’ dads are too common.
Outrage at toddler beauty pageant ‘exploitation’
Children’s pageants, in which girls as young as one compete to be the cutest child on show, have long been a fixture of American life. Now, to many people’s horror, they are spreading.
Celebrity divorce puts Scientology in spotlight
Suri Cruise is the daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes – one of the world’s most gossipped-about couples. But what will become of the child now her celebrity parents are getting divorced?
Parents told: ‘get mean’ to avoid spoiled children
A quarter of British children do nothing to help around the house, a survey finds. ‘Mean parenting’ gurus say parents who overindulge children are creating a generation of spoiled brats.
Baby leave for men could close gender divide
The British government is to change the rules on paternity leave so that men and women can better share childcare. Ministers hope this will be a big step towards gender equality at last.
Hollywood star ‘delighted’ by secret love child
Comedy actor Hugh Grant has admitted fathering a child at the age of 51 after 'a fleeting affair'. His response to his daughter's birth reveals how attitudes have changed.
Successful parents are lazy, says new book
'Grooming children for success is pointless', says economist Bryan Caplan. 'It's all in the genes.' So is good parenting just letting the children do what they want?
Cluck! Cluck! Chickens feel their offspring’s pain
'Mother hen' is a phrase used to describe a human mother fussing. Now we find that chickens display a similar empathy with their young. Shared evolutionary tools?