With her tumbling chestnut locks and steady gaze, Dominique Maasdam looks poised and confident as she models clothes for a High Street fashion chain. Dominique, 17, has not only posed for New Look, she also recently auditioned for TV soap Hollyoaks for the part of an autistic teen who has trouble making friends. It is a role which Dominique, from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, has also played in real life, ever since she was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Her condition means she has always had difficulties interacting with others and reading social cues, like body language. Yet there is one more reason Dominique is beating the odds. Although it is separate from her autism, she was also born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, which can result if a mother drinks alcohol while her baby is in the womb. As well as causing learning difficulties, unlike autism it can also change the facial features of the children it affects. Changes include a flattened upper lip, no clear groove between the … [Read more...] about I’m so angry that my mum’s drinking during pregnancy left me disabled as a child… but now I’m modelling for New Look
How parenting styles affect child development
Traditional parents turned to online advertising to find a live-in nanny who would raise their son using strict Victorian values - including showing 'minimal affection' and restricting playtime to just one hour. The advert, uploaded by a husband and wife, describes how they want to raise their seven-year-old son using a Victorian style of parenting. In their explanation of their beliefs, they claim their specific parenting approach will help "create well-rounded, respectable and polite young people". After revealing their previous nanny was removed from her position, the parents went on to explain the specific way they wish any future child-carer to look after their son. Their super strict rules include no use of any technology, including games consoles and computers, with the only toys on offer being board games, books and traditional wooden toys. They said: "Our reason for restricting him from these kinds of technology is that we'd like him to spend his time becoming the best version … [Read more...] about Parents upload advert for nanny to raise son using strict ‘Victorian values’
IT can be hard for parents to give their child the freedom to fail in life – but could it harm them in the long run? Here’s everything you need to know about snowplough parenting, and how it affects children. What is snowplough parenting? This style of parenting is when mums and dads remove any difficulty from their child’s path – similar to pushing snow out of a path. This could be when a parent bribes a teacher to let their child on a sports team, or pays someone to write an essay for them. Some parents adopt this style as they think their child is exceptional and they want to ensure they succeed. However, this can also lead to an expectation being placed on youngsters to be high-achievers. Where does the term snowplough parenting come from? It appears the term was first coined by former high school teacher David McCullough in 2015. He wrote a book called You Are Not Special where he explored the importance of letting kids fail. This was based on a speech … [Read more...] about What is snowplough or lawnmower parenting, where does the term come from and how does it affect children’s behaviour?
What’s the best way to raise your child? It’s a question that has provoked the publication of numerous books, and seen authors race to coin the next quirky name for a new style of parenting. This article was originally published by the conversationAnd it turns out there are many styles. To date, some of the best known include:Tiger parents, who are seen as pushing their children to succeed according to their parents’ terms.Helicopter parents, who take over every aspect of the child’s life.Snowplough parents, who remove obstacles to make life easier for their child.Free-range parents, who allow children a great deal of freedom.Attachment or gentle parents, who are relaxed but set limits in line with the child’s needs and character.Psychologists generally talk about parenting as fitting into typologies, based on the work of Diana Baumrind, a clinical and developmental psychologist known for her research on parenting styles.There are generally understood to … [Read more...] about Tiger, free-range – the pros and cons of popular parenting styles
FOR nine months you’ve thought about nothing but baby. You’ve bought the clothes, decorated the nursery and dreamed of the perfect name – and then the little one arrives. Two become three and life as you know it changes forever. Research shows that first-time parents argue 40 per cent more after their child is born. And 50 per cent of parents who separate do so within two years of having a child. So what can new mums and dads do to babyproof their relationship? RUTH HARRISON hears from three experts on how to survive the problems of the first year, while one couple reveals the ups-and-downs of first-time parenting.1. Spark starting to fizzle out Relationship expert Kate Taylor says: “Sex keeps the fun and affection in relationships, even during the most mundane and domestic years. “It doesn’t have to be mind-blowing, even a grabbed snog between night feeds can keep you feeling closer. “Find ways to let each other know you’re in the … [Read more...] about Family turmoil can follow the birth of your first child – so here are eight steps to safeguard your relationship