The real way to improve children’s mental health

The Quirky Teacher

I’d like to challenge our collective assumption that a significant proportion of parents are completely incapable of meeting the basic needs of their own offspring – including mental health. I have yet to see edu-twitter properly question this assumption and we seem to be more likely to see evidence of our collective low expectations of parents. For example, take this latest business of free school meals – ‘children will end up not eating all day long!’ and ‘we need to feed these children!’ they cry. But, it costs pennies to make a ham sandwich for a child and bung it in a bag with a biscuit and an apple, and universal credit for a family on a low income would ensure that any mother or father were able to do this for their child. If we’ve got to the stage where we’re assuming that low income families don’t want…

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