‘Put your phone away and be in the moment’: how to enjoy being a parent

A recent report found parents are happier when their children leave home but why wait? Four experts share their tips on putting the fun back into family, at every age Could we go down in history as the generation that forgot to enjoy our kids? Its a shocking indictment, but the evidence is mounting: recent research found that mount after a second child, and that there are accompanying deteriorations in parents mental health. And, as a two-year-old could probably tell you, stressed-out, unhappy parents raise stressed-out, unhappy offspring. The UKs annual report, out last month, found there are more unhappy youngsters now than at any point in the past decade. It feels like a good time to ask whether theres …

‘Going to bed hungry’: the harrowing reality of poor children living in DC

New study shows kids in District of Columbia are the most underprivileged in the country, facing daily threats of homelessness and food insecurity A common refrain in Americas capital city goes something like this: theres Washington, and then theres DC. Washington is where Congress passes bills, tourists visit the White House and Donald Trump stars in a daily political soap opera. But DC the District of Columbia, in which the city sits is where new WalletHub study, children in the district are the most underprivileged in the country. The study which looked at a number of factors, ranging from the share of children in foster care to high school graduation rates found that DC children face worse conditions than children …

Drug maker ‘will make $21bn from treating cystic fibrosis’

Vertex is accused of raking in vast profits while making Orkambi unaffordable to NHS A US company, which is refusing to drop its price for the life-changing cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi to make it affordable to NHS England, is set to make $21bn (17bn) in profit from that and a sister medicine, according to research. Countries around the world are struggling to pay for Orkambi, made by Vertex, which has a list price of 104,000 per patient per year and is not a cure. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) in England has said effective. On Monday, the Scottish Medicines Consortium will decide whether to approve the drug for children. Parents in England have campaigned, demonstrated on …

‘No food should be taboo’: how to tackle your child’s weight without giving them a complex

A third of children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. Heres how parents can help them forge good habits and avoid creating lifelong insecurities Jusna Begum lives near the South Bank in London with her four children, aged between one and 11. When a health visitor told her that her three-year-old girl was on the chubby side, Begum was surprised. I didnt think she was at all; I had felt like my children werent eating enough. She did, however, accept an invitation to join a six-week healthy parenting programme called 2% of those aged five to one-third of children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school, yet many adults dont see …

Parents face shock rise in childcare costs as government cuts bite

Up to half of nurseries set to close or reduce services they offer, survey warns Parents will be forced to pay higher fees for childcare this year because of a lack of government funding, new research suggests. Nurseries and childminders are being driven out of business, while staff feel stressed, demoralised and even suicidal. The burden of higher wage bills while subjecting them to a real-terms funding cut. A survey of EYA members, seen by the Observer, suggests two-fifths are likely to reduce staff over the next year as a result of this under-funding. Nearly half of providers fear they will go out of business in the next 12 months and 81% say they are so stressed about financial viability …