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Opinion: Our increasingly touch-phobic society is bad for children
Boys can sometimes have problems expressing their feelings – we must empower them so they grow into the kind of men our society really needs.
Column: Easy access to pornographic images is adversely affecting young people
Early exposure to online pornography – much of which is violent or degrading – is desensitising young people and contributing to the normalisation of rape and domestic violence, writes Joanna Fortune.
Column: How many 'mothers' will you be celebrating this Mother’s Day?
Our changing society brings it’s own challenges – with some children in blended families celebrating more than one mother figure, writes Joanna Fortune.
Column: Online bullying is fuelled by changes in our culture
Some children may be missing out on a key stage of development, writes psychotherapist Joanna Fortune.
Column: Sweets and treats? We’re teaching children all the wrong lessons
Many parents use sweet food as a motivation for children, writes Joanna Fortune – but what effect does this have in later life?
Column: Here’s why your mother sets your love life – and how to change it
Our first relationships set the pattern for everything that comes later, writes psychotherapist Joanna Fortune.
Column: Taking kids to beauty salons? It’s far from child’s play
From junior manicures to baby clothes reading “I’m too sexy” – this sexualisation of children isn’t just a bit of fun, writes Joanna Fortune.
Column: Children are conditioned from birth to develop 'brand loyalty'
Family clinical psychotherapist Joanna Fortune says toys don’t just let children ‘play’ anymore – they are constantly selling to them…