Key Quotes - Family

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Last update: Wednesday 23rd October
 
In February, Mayor of London Boris Johnson backed the right of parents to smack their children. He told BBC Radio 5 Live that he believed the current law was ‘confusing’ and warned that parents were ‘anxious’ about disciplining their children. The law on smacking in England and Wales allows parents to smack their children, but legislation in 2004 restricted the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’.
FamilyEvangelicals Now - March 2012
 
More British children are being raised by single parents because the tax and benefit system ‘encourages transient shack-ups’. One in five British children live with a single mother or father. This figure is 50% higher than in France. In January, researcher and author Patricia Morgan pointed out that these are the countries whose tax and benefits systems reward parents who stay together.
FamilyEvangelicals Now, February 2012
 
A survey by the Children's Society has revealed that nearly one in 10 children over the age of eight are unhappy. The survey, which questioned more than 30,000 young people, found that relationships within a home had the most impact on a child. In his forward to the report, John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, said the findings should be 'a wake-up call to us all'.
FamilyThe Guardian - 12 January 2012
 
A survey has revealed that mothers value personal hygiene more than religion in their child’s upbringing, reported the Daily Mail. According to the survey, 77 per cent of women said that keeping their child clean was the most important part of raising them, whereas only 16.6 per cent of parents believe that faith is of utmost importance.
FamilyThe War Cry – 1st October 2011
 
A new study shows that men, women and children now spend an average of 12 hours per week on the internet; much longer than most practising Christians spend on worship.
FamilyLife And Work August 2011
 
Children under the age of five should exercise for at least three hours a day, new Government guidelines suggest. Babies should be taken swimming and play on “baby gym” mats while toddlers should walk for at least 15 minutes of routine journeys, such as to nursery, child medical officers say. The exercise guidance targets under-fives for the first time and comes amid growing fears over childhood obesity.
FamilyThe Sentinel July 11 2011
 
Prime Minister David Cameron has come under fire after calling for fathers who abandon their families to be “stigmatised” by society in the same way as drink drivers.
He signalled an onslaught on “runaway dads”. However, campaigners warned efforts to hold fathers responsible for their families were being undermined by Government plans to charge mothers who use the Child support Agency to collect money they are owed.
FamilyThe Sentinel June 20, 2011
 
Pope Benedict urged young Catholics not to live together before marriage during a strong defence of the family he made during his visit to Croatia. “Be courageous,” the Pope said. “Do not give in to that secularised mentality which proposes living together as a preparation or even a substitute for marriage. Show by the witness of your lives that it is possible like Christ, to love without reserve, and do not be afraid to make a commitment to another person,” He also urged them to support the irreplaceable value of the family founded upon matrimony.
FamilyThe Universe June 12, 2011
 
A new nationwide survey appears to say , marriage and family values make children happier, according to the Christian Institute. Children who live with both their biological parents have higher ‘life satisfaction’, and eating an evening meal together as a family is important, the study said. The findings come from the secular Understanding Society study, which questioned about 14,000 households. The study said that ‘not living with both natural parents has a greater negative impact on a young person’s life satisfaction than their material situation’.
FamilyChristianity, May 2011
 
An investigation has revealed that in the UK today there are thousands of British couples so desperate to choose the sex of their baby that they are prepared to undergo a controversial fertility treatment that is banned in this country and most of Europe on ethical grounds. 'Family Balancing', as it is known, enables would-be parents to select the sex of a child with almost 100 per cent certainty through a technique called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), which is carried out during IVF.
FamilyDaily Mail 16th March 2011
 
One in five youngsters aged four and under has a TV in their bedroom, according to research. Young parents (under 24s) are particularly keen on the idea with 28 per cent putting TVs in the rooms of under fours. The Mintel research found that, in general, parents from the poorest background with the fewest educational qualifications were most likely to put a TV in the room of a toddler - one in three. Single parents were also more likely to rely on TVs in the bedroom - 25 per cent, compared with 13 per cent of married couples. However, it was not exclusively an issue for poorer families. Mintel found one in ten families with the most wealth and education have put a TV in the baby's room.
FamilyDaily Mail March 18th 2011
 
The rising popularity of living together without marrying is largely to blame for the increase in broken homes, according to a report by the Centre for Social Justice published in early December. The think tank called for marriage to be promoted as a means of improving family stability, since their analysis shows that unmarried couples are much more likely to separate than those who marry. Four-fifths of separations are by co-habitees, whereas only one-fifth are married couples divorcing.
FamilyEvangelical's Now February 2011
 
The recession has left people relying on the support of their families more than ever. Far from the family unit falling apart, people are coming together and choosing to spend time in groups of family and close friends. According to research by Merlin Entertainments Group Fun Day, more than half of us spend leisure time with our extended family. When asked who we would like to spend more time with, the family comes out on top again – suggesting that precious time with loved ones is what people want more than anything else.
FamilyThe War Cry - 23 October, 2010
 
More than 1,000 complaints about the first UK television commercial for abortion services have been rejected by the advertising watchdog, it was announced on Tuesday. The Marie Stopes advertisement drew 1,054 complaints from the public, GPs, counsellors and MPs objecting that its “Are you late?” campaign was misleading, offensive and harmful. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) also arranged for another 3,296 postcards to be sent to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) opposing the ad. The short film gave ‘advice’ about unplanned pregnancies and ran for four weeks in May and June. It asked “Are you late?”, in reference to a woman who had missed her period, and directed those facing an unplanned pregnancy to Marie Stopes International’s 24-hour helpline.
FamilyThe Universe - August 8th 2010
 
More than half of mothers who return to work after having a baby say they are forced to do so because of financial constraints, a survey showed today. Around 52 per cent of women who go back to work said they do so due to financial pressures and debt, with only 22 per cent saying they were keen to continue with their career, according to price comparison website uSwitch.com. The group found that the average family’s income fell by a third while the woman was on statutory maternity pay, dropping to an average of £2.266 a month.
FamilyThe Sentinel – June 18th 2010
 
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