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Mum vs Denis the Menace

When he loses it, my son, he really really loses it. It happened this week in the adventure playground which doubles as an after-school club for kids at our primary school, being right next door. He’s been going there since … Continue reading

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A History of Backing Losers

I don’t talk politics to my seven year old, or to anyone much nowadays; mainly because I am afraid of the strength of my feelings. I’d hate to unnerve him, and I’d hate manifest differences of opinion to get in … Continue reading

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One Desolate Housewife, Desperate to Belong

Another parent blogger recently wrote about how local parents have ostracised her child from the neighbourhood peer group. He’s a victim, she thinks, of “the parenting wars”; these parents blame his any tiny incidents of less than perfect behaviour on … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Now: Battles on the domestic front

I’ve been a pretty laid-back parent on the whole. I’ve operated on the principle, if my kid wants something, he can have it, or do it, if I can see no reason why not. I’ve regulated screen-time, but not much … Continue reading

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Is it me or the system?

If, in public discourse, state benefit claimants are all free-loading scroungers, how long before the same applies to those who “claim” free, state education for our kids? This is topical this week, following a £33,000 a year public school head’s … Continue reading

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To Push or Not to Push: competitive parenting revisited

We all want the best for our children. We want them to do the best and to be the best, and, oh yes, be the most happy as well. We want to be proud of them, and for them to … Continue reading

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Relative Parenting

Learning to be a relativist, as I understand it, is one of parenthood’s most important lessons.  I speak as someone raised, perhaps like the author of this sad article, to view the word, applied to political or cultural tastes, as  the … Continue reading

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