Why does it cost so much to raise a child?

How much, on average, does it cost to raise a child? It topped £225 000 in 2014, for the first 21 years of a child’s (/kidult’s) life, including university tuition fees. (No prizes for spotting the middle class bias in this analysis). The costs break down as follows: £86 K – Childcare £74K – Education […]

Policing the public-private divide in Thames Ditton

Police in Surrey have warned families that it is a crime for their children to skateboard and play football on the road. Police in Thams Ditton posted notices through doors in a residential street in Thames Ditton, Surrey, which left children as young as six scared that they would be arrested for playing outside. Detectives […]

Not Quite Adults – Why are more 20-30 somethings living with their parents?

1. Not quite adults – Vital Statistics   According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2011, nearly 3.0 million adults aged between 20 and 34 were living with a parent or parents, an increase of almost half a million, or 20 per cent, since 1997. This is despite the number of people in the […]

Coffee really is bad for your health (and safety)

Two nice articles illustrating the madness of health and safety… both concerning coffee…. In Bournemouth, a bus driver ordered passengers off a bus after a woman spilled some coffee. One woman spilt a third of her cup of coffee while getting on the bus, and then a further ten people were told they couldn’t get […]

Ralph Lauren and the commericalisation of childhood

The most appalling example of a firm commercialising childhood to date – Ralph Lauren’s storybook featuring children dressed in its expensive clothing. Another reason why I’m glad I’m not and willl never be a parent. The text below is taken from ‘The Week’ As if the commercialisation of childhood wasn’t bad enough – here comes […]

Sociology on TV – Beckii: Schoolgirl Superstar at 14

I though this was relevant to ‘the social construction of childhood’ Beckii: Schoolgirl Superstar at 14  (aired August 2010) follows a 14 Yyr old girl from the UK who is in the process of becoming a superstar in Japan – for doing this –   Note how I picked the boarder to match her outfit. Gok would be […]