Parents Must Watch what Happens With Your Children
Like most children, my own brood complains constantly about my style of parenting. ‘You’re always saying “No”,’ they complain, as I tell them they can’t have yet more mayonnaise on their dinner.
He and his younger siblings — Jerry, six, and Ottoline, three — then list everything I have said ‘No’ to since they got home from school. Sweets, playing outside with their uniform on, biscuits, getting stuff out from the dressing up-drawer, painting
I’ve always considered myself a pretty easy-going parent, and yet here they are telling me I’m a nay-saying harridan. According to the currently fashionable idea of ‘free parenting’, though, what I should be saying is ‘Yes’.