I'm including a link
to a regular column in the UK's Telegraph newspaper.
It's written by Tom Hodgkinson, editor of The Idler
, which I believe is a magazine.
The column is called The Idle Parent
, and might just be my new favorite thing to read! Use the search feature in the Telegraphs webpage and type in "The Idle Parent"....it creates a list of links to all of the other topics he has written about in the column.
Maybe one of our UK mama's can tell us more about him, or the column....I just stumbled upon it this afternoon, and don't know much.
Ok....I'm back again...I just have to include this quote from one of the columns (keep in mind his writing is very tongue-in-cheek!)..
"it has become obvious to me, watching our three children grow up, that the more they have been ignored, the better. The eldest had a surfeit of anxious parental supervision and is still the trickiest and most needy (although we're working on it). The second had a little less attention and she is more self-sufficient. The third was born on the bathroom floor
and has had to get on with his own life. And he is perhaps the best of all three at playing. Certainly he is the most comical."
I LOVE it!!
Oh, or this...
"Paradoxically, the idle parent is a responsible parent because at the heart of idle parenting is a respect for the child, a trust in another human being. It is the irresponsible parent who hands the child over to various authorities for its education and care"
Okay, I'll let you read the rest on your own