State to pay out alimony allowance
The long-in-the-making state alimony allowance fund is set to start work in March when the social insurance board will make the first payments to families that have lost support from one of the parents.
28.02.2017, Tiina KaukverePM
Parent's pay system to be changed
The social ministry presented its parental benefits and leave reform package, Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva believes could become law as early as next year, to the government yesterday. No decisions were made yesterday, however, and the cabinet is set to discuss the matter again in March.
10.02.2017, Tiina KaukverePM
11 Syrian refugees arrive in Estonia from Turkey
Eleven Syrian refugees who arrived in Estonia on Wednesday are the first refugees arriving in this country from Turkey under the European migrant distribution plan.
Kid kicked out of car as penalty by parents
Mom and Dad told their pouting boy to walk home, as punishment, for a couple of kilometres. To their surprise, youth police asked for explanation.
17.08.2016, Olga LebedevaPM
Editorial: let law reflect life
In society, proposals to alter the system of parental leave and benefits are always expected and welcome. The need is prescribed by life itself – the overall changes of work and family relations, the impact of receding stereotypes etc. While we will have to discuss what the changes will be, the ideas currently tabled are surely a step in the right direction.
Injured Estonian youth in Nice intensive care unit
Seriously injured in the truck attack in France, Estonian youth Hans Joosep is being treated in a local Nice hospital intensive care unit. His condition is stable and the family hopeful.
20.07.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: young people must be kept far from alcohol
In the entire Western world, alcohol consumption is on the rise and doubtless this is the addictive substance most available to minors. And the current generations are earlier starters with the habit.
Editorial: favour not private schools at taxpayer's expense
Long has been the debate in society regarding private school financing. It’s not a matter if these are good or bad.
Parents cross swords with local leaders
In Karula Parish, South-East Estonia, a whopping near-doubling of basic school pupils has occurred during these past five years. To keep the miracle going, active parents stand in unyielding confrontation with local council and government.
06.05.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: the ugliness of fighting a mother of toddler
The battle launched by Tallinn city government against a mother of child aged 1.5 is altogether amoral by nature. Especially by keeping the law given to protect mothers expectant and with small children, any branch of public administration must set an example to the rest of employers.
Abused own baby, worked at child care
Despite the law setting restrictions on background for child care worker, employers have lots of room for discretion. As an example of that, a mother worked at a Tallinn child care having previously endangered the life of her own son whom she also severely mistreated.
08.04.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Pigeon post just had a busy weekend
The stand-off between supporters of private schools and education ministry has lasted for over half a year. This weekend, it assumed a dimension altogether new as 69 culture personas including the revered composer Arvo Pärt have signed an address to defend private schools' right to life.
04.04.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: there's no place like home
There are over 30 children's homes in Estonia with some thousand kid in them. For various reasons. Often, it's the only alternative as drugs and alcohol have possessed the parents.
«Why aren't we fit for foster family?»
Estonia has over 2,800 children not living with biological parents. Of these, more than a thousand dwell in replacement homes. Meanwhile, there are hundreds of families who would wish to adopt or care for these children, but the coming together of puzzle pieces is often quite a happenstance.
15.03.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Kids do drugs at party, GHB talk unconfirmed
As established by police, drugs were used at birthday party of girl aged 16 in Raplamaa on Friday. Talk of «date rape» poured in glasses of girls was not confirmed.
18.02.2016, Liis VelskerPM
The state to pay child support instead of evasive parent
Yesterday, social protection minister Margus Tsahkna (IRL) signed family benefit draft act pursuant to which the state shall support a child and teh parent raising it while subsistence support is debated in court as well as when court procedure is concluded and bailiff is trying to get the money from the evader.
16.02.2016, Madis VaikmaaPM
Tough times descending upon deadbeat parents
When March comes around, Estonian law turns to be among the severest in Europe towards those avoiding payment of child support. The state hopes for a success story while bailiffs are skeptical. Hardened debtors threaten to leave the country if the pressure rises, there to then dwell as alimony refugees.
05.02.2016, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: «no» means «no» – still all do not understand
Ideally, none should encounter sexual abuse. Alas, the Tartu University study shows totally otherwise as every tenth young person has been sexually abused including five percent forced into intercourse.
Editorial: sick leave – fight for freedom, cut it not
How do we arrange it so that days spent sick will spell as little loss to people and the economy? A think-thank thinks to know.
Tsahkna: people must not pay the bigger bills
Yesterday, social protection minister Margus Tsahkna (IRL) interviewed by Postimees said he understands the panic in parents when getting the unexpectedly big bills for technical aids and is not about to justify mistakes made.
07.01.2016, Marian VõsumetsPM
Mighty mess made by social ministry
What would you feel like when posted a bill six times larger than the month before, in January while not having been notified? Just what faced hundreds of parents of disabled children this week.
06.01.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Emotions the string pulling Estonians back home again
Estonians dwelling abroad think Compatriots Programme benefits to be vital when teaching their kids the native tongue and culture – the cord to Estonia that serves to bring people back in later years as shown by impact assessment.
18.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Midwife catches measles
Of the three individuals infected with measles this past month was a midwife at East-Tallinn Central Hospital (ITK) who worked for several days at obstetrics department before diagnosed with the disease. The hospital called about 40 people for extra checks.
15.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
People disappearing creates fear
Searches for Markkus (17) lost in Võru, South Estonia for tenth day have come to seeking help from soothsayers and diviners. The visions claimed by the latter have yielded no fruit.
05.11.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
The ranting dads and the rattled kids on the fields
«Get the game!», «Boil the umpire!», «Pass better!», «Strike stronger!». A late afternoon at sports arena. The kids are playing football, «green» against «yellow». All are having fun and trying their very best. At times, they flop pretty bad which for beginners is pardonable. Flanking the field, coaches of both teams are encouraging the guys to enjoy the game. At the other edge.. we quoted them above, a bit. In the conflict of educational philosophies, who loses is the child. What did he do wrong? Nothing.
22.10.2015, Kaarel TällPM
Editorial: the kids sports parental hate speech issue
The screaming, spitting and cussing mama bouncing on the bleacher may be fun to watch, perhaps, in some comedy. In real life, spare me the encounter.
Education allowance rules distrusted by students
The needs-based education allowance for university students, reformed two years back to the backdrop of hot debate, has not yielded the desired fruit. As shown by first major study since introduced, it is often opted not to apply due to prejudices, and the system is deemed to be unfair.
14.09.2015, Oliver KundPM
Sister and brother battle bother on border
A daily task for Estonia's border guards is phone calls to parents from airport to check if it's okay for their kids to leave the country - the mom and dad have forgotten to «attach» a letter of permission. But even that may not suffice, as a paper acceptable in Estonia may spell suspicion in child abduction to an adult escort elsewhere.
14.08.2015, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: parental permit needed to travel the world
Mothers and fathers sending off kids to travel alone must know that in lots of nations the requirement is to verify the parents are aware, and in agreement. First of all, this is to protect the children and is better obeyed.
Editorial: it takes love
Pärnu city child protectors Irene Peterson and Marko Truu have accomplished quite a feat: for years, they have toiled to secure all neglected kids a new family instead of going for the children's home option. Some seem to have to blaze the trail - for others to follow.
No Pärnu kid stuck in orphanage
At end of May, Pärnu city chief children's protection specialist Irene Peterson gave birth to twins. A couple of days later, on Child Welfare Day, chancellor of justice honoured her as difference maker.
17.07.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: Russia cloning impact tricks
Attacking or child protection rules and depicting these as inhuman – rather a novel type of Russian «treatment» of Estonia.
Eastern neighbour rattling parents in Estonia
Since last fall, Estonia features non-profit organisation Parents of Estonia which has sent letters to social affairs committee of Riigikogu and social ministry and has appeared on Tallinn TV regarding Estonia’s new Child Protection Act facilitating removal of children from parents.
27.05.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
When game becomes reality
A violent game banned for those under 18 in several nations is freely indulged by Estonian first graders at home and play areas, and purchased in stores.
19.05.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Editorial: how nice to raise kids in Estonia?
In Postimees today, child care options at concert halls, sports clubs etc are covered. Partially, answer to question posed in headline depends on options of a parent, together with kids, to consume culture.
Broken families – broken offspring
Last week, fiery discussions erupted in public and social media after ETV Eyewitness aired the story of a «bad» but basically just deeply troubled kid.
03.02.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Kids home alone while parents work abroad
Leaving children in Estonia and heading abroad to work, parents deem the decision a private family issue and shy away from even informing the school due to inward guilt.
13.01.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: let us notice, let us listen, let us lend a helping hand
Today, all of Estonia is in shared mourning with those close to the late teacher Ene Sarap, her colleagues and pupils at Paalalinna School in Viljandi. What a terrible tragedy for the entire nation.
Editorial: talk to kid, and do tackle alcohol
Who in their right mind would wish their kids to turn out binge drinkers, livers leaning towards the grave at 40 and lungs loaded with toxins?
Parents too permissive towards drinking
In Estonia, moms and dads are too lenient with kids consuming alcohol: majority of them thinks the initial schnapps should happen ere the child becomes an adult, and that offering alcohol at home helps cut curiosity developed towards it.
13.06.2014, Marina LohkPM
Editorial: more kids, back to work quicker
Praxis, a political think tank, has come out with a study on effects of parental leave on two issues important for the state: increasing birth rate and return of parents – mothers, mainly – back to work. Generally, the current system is quite good; even so, it needs tweaking. Mainly, regarding how mothers and fathers divide the parental leave.
Parents drag hundreds of kids into quick loans biz
Drowning in debt, parents use children’s bank accounts to hide new SMS loans.
28.01.2014, Sulev Vedler