What is it like to be a child growing up in Britain these days? Is it a happy or anxious time? What are the best and worst aspects of being a child today? This book draws on accounts of over two thousand children and five hundred adults, to examine the present day meaning of childhood and its implications for policy and practice.
Five Minutes to MindfulnessKids is a comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide with practical strategies to help parents nurture their childs mental and emotional health in todays hectic and fast-paced society. Some of the topics discussed are the following: Childhood anxiety Behavioral issues Effective communication Discipline Focus and concentration Building trust Self-esteem This book provides effective and simple exercises that can be seamlessly incorporated into even the busiest of schedules. It is a must-have for parents of bright, spirited, creative, and active children of any age!
In most societies of the world, including in Africa, re- sponsibility for the material support of older people unable to sustain themselves through work or investments originally resided with their younger generational family members--especially their adult children. Aboderin explores this topic specifically for Africa. In the wake of social or economic change, societies experience shifts in the degree to which families support their elders. Questions about the proper balance of family and state responsibility, however, persist, especially in light of socio-demographic trends and constraints in public expenditure. In most of sub-Saharan Africa, in contrast to other world regions, economic security policies for older people have not yet been formulated, despite declines in material family support along with rising poverty to which a growing elderly population is exposed. In part, this betrays the crucial lack of understanding about how and why these shifts in support have occurred in African societies--and, thus, a profound uncertainty about what balance of individual, family, and state responsibilities will be culturally appropriate and effective in ensuring economic security for older Africans both now and in the future. Aboderin aims to address these gaps in understanding. She provides an empirical and theoretical analysis of the micro and macro level processes that have underpinned recent declines in old age family support in African societies and likely parameters of future familial support. She also addresses more fundamental theoretical questions about how we should think about the relationships between intergenerational support, norms and values, and societal change. Intergenerational Support in Africa will be of interest to students of African studies, economic policy and theory concerning eldercare, sociology, and social welfare development.
In Stepdads Stories of Love, Hope, and Repair, William Marsiglio addresses provocative and timely questions facing stepfathers, single mothers, and remarried couples today. This book speaks to those who study and work with stepfamilies as well as persons who have ever thought about or lived in a stepfamily. Visit our website for sample chapters!
Modern life is full of problems - in individuals and in society too. Increasingly we see damaged and disturbed children, mental health problems, addictions of many kinds, antisocial behavior, and crime, violence and war. So it seems sensible to ask: does life have to be this way? Was it always like this for human beings? We ve been around for maybe as much as two million years: surely we didn t evolve to live such difficult and dysfunctional lives?Do We Need To Be So Screwed-Up?!sets out to discover the answer to this question and finds plentiful evidence to show that, on the contrary, human beings evolved to be naturally egalitarian, cooperative, and peaceful. Indeed, for over 95% of our history until about 10,000 years ago - that is how we were: kind, cheerful and happy! This is a paradigm-busting re-evaluation of human nature and our potential for happiness.
Head down the road to Emma's house. You'll quickly get caught up in the vibrant story of her family. Emma always dreamed of escaping her dominant father. She finally left her family to live a life of happiness beyond compare with her handsome husband, the powerful warrior Arthur. But one day, Emma found herself disoriented, as if an earthquake was shaking the ground beneath her feet. The people around her became unrecognizable and everyone turned against her for the crime she had committed--giving birth to twin girls, Alice and Rose. Soon, destiny gave her a second chance at happiness when her twin sons, Albert and Fred, were born. But Emma's life was still a roller coaster, and what if it broke down forever? She realized eventually that trouble is unavoidable while misery is optional. When fate gave Emma the chance to be her own commander, she held the reins of power tightly till the last moment of her life. Even though life's thunder and lightning struck Emma and her family over and over without mercy, she built her own dynasty and trained her sons to be the pillars of it. Meanwhile, Emma's granddaughter Mary--that little baby no one expected would live--succeeded against all odds and grew up to be her grandmother's undeclared treasure.
Challenge and inspire your teenage learners to think beyond language. Think is a vibrant course designed to engage teenage learners and make them think. As well as building students' language skills, it offers a holistic approach to learning: developing their thinking skills, encouraging them to reflect on values and building their self-confidence. Topics are chosen to appeal to and challenge teenagers, firing their imagination and ensuring effective learning. Exam-style exercises and tips help students prepare for Cambridge English Key, Preliminary, First and Advanced. Informed by the Cambridge English Corpus, the course reflects real language usage and 'Get it right' sections help students avoid common mistakes.