Monthly Archives: October 2011

Research Questions and Problems with the Project

Problems with Project

1. Is it all theoretical, not 100% reliable as we can’t interview our age group as to what they will be like as parents in the future as the responses now we be more of an idealistic view.

2. It will be very trend led and report views

3. How do i relate it to fashion and the communication and promotion attitude?

4. very consumer led but that demographic is very fical

Research Questions

1. How will the next generation of parents differ from current ones?

2. What surrounding enviroments will effect new parents spending habits?

3. What future trends many have an effect on the next generation of parents?

4. What cultural or enviromental issues will effect the next generation of children?

5. What do current parents and the next generation of parents want out of childcare?


Projectional behaviour – all degrees of behaviour – quite often a reverse of previous behaviours and reverse of parents = if your parents our strict uou wil be indulgent and vice versa


Childbirth as Performance Art

30th Oct

An article about an artist who is using the both of her first child as a spectators event – where only 15 people including her husband and midwife can watch the birth of the baby!!! WIERD!!!


Childbirth as Performance Art


  • Brooklyn art galleries this week: Marni Kotak giving birth at the Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn.
  • A performance artist who focuses on everyday events, will be “performing” the birth of her first child whenever he or she chooses to
  • But her goal is to deliver in the home-birth center that she and her husband have created inside the small Brooklyn gallery.
  • The exhibition, “The Birth of Baby X,” raises more than a few interesting questions. Should birth be an exhibition? Who will go to see it? Will anyone take their kids?
  • Her work seems to fall into the category of feminist performance art, meant to confront taboos, challenge social norms and deconstruct gender roles.

Good Parenting Means Pretending and Joking with the Kids

29th Oct

Good Parenting Means Pretending and Joking with the Kids


  • Parents who joke and pretend with their toddlers are giving their children a head start in terms of life skills.


“Parents, carers and early years educators shouldn’t underestimate the importance of interacting with young children through jokes and pretending, Spending time doing this fun stuff with kids helps them learn how to do it themselves and gives them a set of skills which are important in childhood and beyond.”

researcher Dr. Elena Hoicka – For a new generation of parents – For a new generation of parents is the best online resource for parents, providing exceptional service content and incisive, honest essays about parenting.

When is an older mother TOO old? Meet the women becoming first-time parents in their fifties

29th Oct

An article in relation to women being older having children and couples having a family older. There are a lot of medical disadvantages to older mothers – however a lot of environmental benefits such as more money, do not have to work as much – so more time at home etc. 


When is an older mother TOO old? Meet the women becoming first-time parents in their fifties


  • It may seem a concept that defies nature, but with the help of fertility specialists, rising numbers of women are giving birth to their firstborns at an age when many of their peers are anticipating, or enjoying, grandparenthood.
  • But the fact that first time mothers are getting older is an undeniable truth. Over the past ten years, the number of women over 45 giving birth has more than doubled in the U.S.
  •  375 per cent increase in the same period for births among women over 50.
  • ‘Renewed purpose’: John Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston gave birth to son Benjamin last year at the age of 48 The rising figure is mostly thanks to improved technology and medicine.
  • Egg-freezing, for example, allows women to delay motherhood like never before. And, obstetricians argue, many women in their fifties today are as fit and healthy as women ten or 15 years younger.
  • Studies have shown that those who have put off having children in favour of a career are likely to be wealthier and better-educated than their peers, therefore in better physical health
  •  ‘They’re very young 50-year-olds,’ Dr Paulson revealed.
  • Angel La Liberte, who runs a California-based website for older mothers told the magazine: ‘We are under unreasonable pressure.We are expected to manage a household. We are expected to provide an income, and we’re supposed to have children within a certain age limit.’
  •  Mothers over the age of 35 are 20 per cent more likely to give birth prematurely, which brings with it higher incidences of lung, digestive and neurological problems in the infant.
  • A mother-to-be in her forties is at higher risk of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and high blood pressure, and giving birth to a child with autism

Fiona Palin, 49, with daughter Kiki, 5 months, at their home in Marina del Rey California
fml-Oct3-11Over50.jpg new york magazine october 2011 Please see attached and just make sure it is shown with all four corners.

Older mothers drive post-baby plastic surgery boom in attempt to combat physical toll of pregnancy

29th Oct

How the increase in women having children later on in life has actually resulted in an increase in post baby plastic surgery in an attempts to get back there figures – as they older you are the  less elastic your skin is – so more difficult to return to your pre pregnancy body.


Older mothers drive post-baby plastic surgery boom in attempt to combat physical toll of pregnancy


  • When Carla Bruni gave birth to daughter Giulia last week at the age of 43 she joined a growing band of mothers giving birth later in life.
  •  women giving birth in their 40s and 50s has trebled in a decade.
  • But is this new generation of older mothers driving a boom of a different kind?
  • Figures released today by a Harley Street cosmetic surgery firm reveal that the number of older mothers seeking post-birth surgery over the past five years has soared.
  • They have seen a 42 per cent increase in requests among elder mothers for surgery to repair the damage done in pregnancy.
  • The older woman has less elastic skin and lower collagen production, meaning that their bodies are less able to bounce back after the rigours of pregnancy and childbirth
  • Indeed, while the more popular procedures among women in their 40s and 50s were once facelifts and brow-lifts, this new generation of older mothers is booking in to have the rigours of childbirth ironed out of their bodies, with breast lifts, tummy tucks and stretch mark removal proving the most popular.


‘From 25 years old onwards we start losing, on average, 1.5 per cent of the collagen from our skin every year, so it naturally becomes saggier and reduces its ability to retain elasticity.This loss of elasticity means that as the body gets older, it is less able to spring back into shape. ‘As pregnancy stretches the skin, many women can be left with stretch marks and the skin around their breasts and stomach can become saggier than it was before. These factors can become more visible in older mothers.’

 ‘Surgeries such as a tummy tuck (up 33 per cent in the last five years) and breast uplift (up 46 per cent in the last five years), can help to tackle these more difficult areas, while non-surgical treatments such as stretch mark and scar removal (which has seen a 28 per cent year-on-year rise) can help to restore the skin to its pre-pregnancy condition.’

Lisa Littehales, lead nurse counsellor at The Harley Medical Group

Carla Bruni Sarkozy gave birth to baby Giulia last week, age 43 - but while she is blessed with excellent genes, other older mothers say they struggle with the physical impact of carrying a child later after 40
Christie Brinkley had her baby at the age of 44
Helen Fielding had her baby at age 48
Glam mothers: Christie Brinkley had her baby at the age of 44, while Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding gave birth age 48


We like zombies… because we are zombies

We make zombies in our own image, says Durham University social scientist Dr Nick Pearce, and he reckons that the braindead machine-gun fodder zombies of
today ain’t a good sign. Dr Pearce will present his paper Can Zombies help us understand today’s society? to “The Festival of Social Science” on 2 November. He thinks we need to reassess the undead hordes… for our own self-esteem as much as anything else.

Zombies, credit: Wikimedia from Night of The Living DeadZombies used to have a hope of beating the voodoo master “Zombies are very now,” Dr Pearce said, “but what’s really interesting and potentially worrying is how far today’s zombies – whether on TV, films or computer games – have departed from the original concept.”

Zombies used to have a fighting chance back when they first staggered onto our screens in 1932 film White Zombie, he argues. Yes, they were the demoralised, undead slaves of voodoo priests, but they were slaves who had a hope of breaking free, as they do in that film and several others from the era.

But things got bad for zombies in the ’60s, says the worried analyst of the undead. “From the late 1960s, the nature of zombies changed and they were portrayed
as hordes of brain-consuming monsters with no voodoo context and no controlling master,” Pearce says, outlining the dilemma of today’s brain-dead. He says that now the zombies have no controller, they have no hope of ever being free. JUST LIKE US.

Zombies may well be popular today because they speak to a similar feeling of powerlessness shared by many members of our society. If we ever want to reclaim our brains, we should have a think and a chat about zombie films – and then fight to reclaim our autonomy, says the doc.The key question is why, like today’s portrayal of zombies, are we unwilling to take a stand against the powers-that-be and overwhelmed by a lack of political interest? It seems the time is right to reclaim the original zombie concept of a controlling sorcerer but one that can successfully be resisted.
Today’s zombie phenomenon is a really good opportunity to get people thinking about who may be wishing to control our brains and what resources we have to resist.

In the past, zombies wandered around consuming brains, but today’s zombies are encouraged to wander around consuming the latest, heavily advertised, branded goods.