Connecting Children: Care and Family Life in Later Childhood by Kalwant Bhopal, Visit Amazon's Julia Brannen Page, search

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Connecting Children makes a speciality of kid's understandings of care and their perspectives of alternative kin lives. It portrays the lives of kids elderly 11-12 and exhibits how households attach young children in several methods either within the loved ones but additionally of their wider kinship networks. the youngsters studied mirror upon relatives existence and particularly upon occasions the place their very own relatives lives swap dramatically, comparable to while mom and dad divorce or are not able to deal with them. This publication could be of curiosity to these operating in schooling, social paintings, baby care, counselling, social coverage and youth experiences.

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It’s hard to trust anyone about these things, I know that much because I know what Joe’s going through. I talked to ChildLine because I needed help’ (South Asian girl, lone mother family). Another recalled a friend’s use of ChildLine for a similar experience: ‘When my friend’s parents split up he was really sad and he phoned ChildLine then and they really helped him’ (Niaz, South Asian origin boy, two-parent family). To summarise, children’s comments on family change suggested that parents should consider children in making decisions about their relationships.

Similarly, children who favoured a break-up unanimously felt that arguments between parents would be bad for the children. ‘If they don’t get on together, then I think they should split up because they can’t just pretend that they’re happy together, just for the kids’ (Emily, white girl, step family). ‘It is probably better having one person, one happy person, than two people arguing all the time’ (Leila, mixed race girl, lone mother family). Children were unanimous in saying that, at least initially, the separation would be a very negative experience for Joe.

While children thought that they should assert their rights in such a situation, they saw a practical difficulty in speaking up for themselves. Keeping the peace was seen as the more feasible course of action, given adults’ greater power and resources. Moreover, children did not give blanket support to the principle of respect for old age per se but were more inclined towards preferential treatment for old people on account of ill health and other problems. Despite these views, most children considered that adults’ job was to protect children, although a significant proportion drew attention to the double-edged aspect of adult protectiveness and saw a need to balance protection with providing children with the space to develop some autonomy.

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