The real child poverty

(This article was originally written for the website The Conservative Woman)  I don’t know how she does it. A friend of mine lives on her own with her three young children. She left her partner long ago, almost immediately after the birth of the third child. Since then, she’s brought up her children single handed, surviving…

Divorced dads: for worse, for better

My dad was just 61 when he died. I never had the deep and meaningful relationship with him that I craved. From the day he divorced my mother when I was aged three, I probably saw him a couple of times a year. On those occasions, we got on extremely well and I enjoyed his…

Mums and dads not required. What?!

Sometimes you read something that is so ridiculous that you can’t quite work out how to respond. It’s taken me ten days since I was invited to comment on a story that was written up in the Independent. According to a new book by Cambridge professor, Susan Golombok – best known for her studies on same sex…

Get married before you have a child: The hard evidence

Ever since the cohabitation boom took off in the 1980s, people have become a lot more relaxed about whether or not it is best to marry before having children. In 1989, three quarters of the British public said people who want children should get married. By 2012, this had dropped to less than half. Our…