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means in our individual circumstances,
which is a good thing.
'Thanks to technology the world has
become a smaller place, yet relatives
are spread out more, so there certainly
is a feeling of a lack of support for the
modern family today. All the wonderful
resources that are available in Great
Britain are being stripped back, lacking
funds and staff to meet the high demand.'
SPENT A LOT OF
WITH FAMILIES IN THE
US, DO YOU SEE ANY
BETWEEN THE PROBLEMS
THEY FACE AND WHAT
WE IN THE UK DO?
'Right now, I feel the US and UK
are parallel with their societal
issues. Both are struggling with
fundamental issues such as mental
health, inflation, educational funding,
affordable housing, cyber-bullying, and
acceptance of one another, regardless of
religion, class or colour.'
IT IS OFTEN SAID
THAT THE USE
HAS MADE FAMILIES
MORE DETACHED. DO
YOU BELIEVE IN GIVING
TIME LIMITATIONS ON
SUCH DEVICES AS IPADS
AND GAMES CONSOLES?
'I believe this to be true for some
families. We have to embrace
and appreciate that technology is here
to stay. And yes, while many forms of
communication are possible via this
technology, we must not allow it to
interfere with the value of face-to-face
time and being present with our families.
'Coming together physically builds
memories and relationships and the
bond between us all.
'Experiencing new adventures and
vacations together must not be replaced
with over-usage of electronics. This is
something that parents do have control
over. There has to be a balance between
appreciating a fun video game but also
the stimulation of a family bike ride.
'You cannot hear whether a child is
truly feeling OK via a text, nor should
we shy away from having awkward
conversations, as doing so emotionally
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