Children

Overlooking the childfree is a mistake

6 June 2017 12:45

Politicians fight over lots of different issues in general election campaigns, but one theme is a constant: they all try…

The Bank of Mum and Dad is now the ninth largest lender in the UK

2 May 2017 14:58

As lenders’ names go, The Bank of Mum and Dad is rather appealing. There’s instant brand awareness, the prospect of…

We should teach infants about the value of money

2 May 2017 11:45

On the one hand, perhaps he should only be thinking about football, Minecraft, his Lego Millennium Falcon and whether he…

Think you’d better leave right now? Living with mum and dad

6 March 2017 12:52

It’s an increasingly familiar scenario: grown-up children moving out of rented accommodation and back into the family home as they…

What you need to know before buying health insurance for kids

23 February 2017 12:52

If you’ve had enough of battling to get the kids a doctor’s appointment, or don’t want them waiting months to…

‘Who gets the kids if we die?’ Planning for the unthinkable

31 January 2017 12:23

In Oscar-nominated movie Manchester by the Sea, Casey Affleck’s character Lee Chandler is shocked to discover he’s been named in…

In an endless sea of financial press releases, there’s always a gem

26 September 2016 12:36

When you write for The Spectator, it’s tempting to stick to the more cerebral issues of the day. As money…

It’s dangerous and wrong to tell all children they’re ‘gender fluid’

27 January 2016 14:55

This is the cover piece of this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow: Once upon a time, ‘binary’ was a mathematical term. Now…

The importance of drawing

13 October 2015 17:44

Watch a child draw. See how she scrawls with abandon, jabs the felt tip at the paper, colours an eye…

The quality, not quantity, of childcare needs improving

30 June 2015 16:43

The Chancellor has found himself a treasure chest: childcare. In his quest for full employment, it’s seen as crucial for…

Cameron wins 81 seat majority in the (junior) General Election

5 May 2015 11:40

At last, David Cameron has won an election. First News, a weekly newspaper for school children, organised a national Junior…

Children shouldn’t be expected to receive sponsorship for child’s play

24 April 2015 16:38

Can there be anyone curmudgeonly enough to take against Save the Children’s Den Day, a heartwarming event? – actually, make…

Ritalin is a fun drug. That’s why it’s crazy to be handing it out to millions of kids

16 March 2015 10:20

The weekend brought yet another warning by an American website about Ritalin. Addiction.org wants people to know about the dangers of…

Nine ways to stop your child getting fat

16 January 2015 10:17

About a third of children in the UK are overweight, increasing their risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart…

When do the children of migrants become British?

26 November 2014 17:18

When do the descendants of immigrants go from being migrants to being natives? That’s the question raised by a MigrationWatch UK…

Want babies? Get a job, lose the Lycra – and other fertility tips

3 November 2014 7:45

Did you know that one in six couples in the UK have difficulty conceiving? That’s roughly 3.5 million not very…

Smoking weed won’t make your kids smarter, but it won’t make them brain-dead, either

24 October 2014 16:20

Lacking in pep? Looking for some extra zing as winter sets in? The Spectator recommends our energy conference on 1 December.…

After the Pope’s Synod-on-family fiasco, let’s judge Catholicism on Catholic terms

19 October 2014 22:29

The Church’s extraordinary Synod on the family hasn’t gone down terribly well with secular pundits. It’s been billed as a…

Uterine transplantation is the final gynaecological frontier

10 October 2014 14:02

The successful transplantation of a uterus represents the last major surgical goal in the field of reproductive gynaecology. This feat…

Winter is coming: do you really need a flu jab?

9 October 2014 11:27

Winter is coming. You can tell because the days are drawing in, the light has that autumnal greyness, and the…

Is there anything worse than kids’ parties? Actually yes – the shops that sell kids’ presents

19 August 2014 16:17

It has been a bad fortnight. Not only am I off the sauce for a few weeks to help my…

I take my kids to galleries to demonstrate my cultural superiority over the masses

5 August 2014 17:40

Jake Chapman, one half of the YBA duo the Chapman Brothers, has been rude about taking children to art galleries.…

Mr Gove, after-school clubs need to learn from family life

20 April 2014 11:23

In news to warm Michael Gove’s heart, a new survey carried out by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has…

Is moral change speeding up?

17 April 2014 14:41

After David Cameron’s whole God thing last week, there was a discussion on the radio this morning about whether religion…

We should mourn the passing of Nuts magazine. Yes, seriously

1 April 2014 12:41

If I had a fourteen-year-old son, I’d be pretty disturbed by the news that Nuts magazine might fold. Fortunately, I…