More money in a paycheck might not be enough to increase marriage rates. When asked why they don’t get married, low-income couples say that there is an “economic bar to marriage.
As parents, the end result of child rearing is delivering these people into adulthood. Of course we can’t control all the variables, and there are no formulas that promise specific outcomes, but when we parent with the end result in mind, with thoughts about the...
Children – many of them disadvantaged – are being denied their education by being placed on reduced timetables at school, usually for behavioural issues, according to June Tinsley, head of advocacy with Barnardos.
Societies generally understand we have a collective responsibility for children – that’s why we have child protection, juvenile courts and care homes. We are not only failing in those responsibilities.
All these aspects of parents’ careers, we found, correlate with the degree to which children display behavior problems, which are key indicators of their mental health.
Tackling violence against children, and also widespread poverty and inequality, has to be urgently prioritised if South Africa is to achieve a broad range of development goals including those on mental health, poverty and social well-being.