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...because raising children is a full-time job

October 2002 Newsletter

From the chair; From the Editor; The Name Change Debate; Make Mothers Matter; What the papers say; Parliament and Positive Parenting;; Parent Effectiveness Training; Breast is best

From the Chair

Welcome to our newly revamped edition of the newsletter! We hope you like its new and much more professional format. We are delighted to welcome Alex Nightingale as our new editor. With children aged nearly five, nearly four and ten months, she is very much a full time mother. Having just moved house as well, she certainly has her hands full, but has managed to start her new task here with aplomb, as I am sure you will agree.

Many thanks for all the contributions on the name debate which produced a great number of lively, supportive and interesting letters - we conclude it inside.

In this issue we are looking at the theme of parent education, and our speaker at the Open Meeting on 12th November will be talking about just that. We also include here other material on this subject. Meanwhile as I hope will be evident from the newsletter, we start the autumn with the optimistic feeling that attitudes are beginning to change. One good sign is that Jill Kirby's publication on the causes and consequences of family decline, Broken Hearts, has sold out (and is being reprinted). We do feel that FTM's aims are steadily gaining recognition in many quarters even though so much still remains to be done.

Sarah Douglas-Pennant