David Robbins: Being a right-on, PC, D6 dad will only get you so far
Parenting is such a difficult task, I often wonder that the Government, or the UN or at least the Walt Disney Corporation, doesn't demand some sort of certificate of competence.
It wouldn't be so bad if there was one generally accepted way of bringing up children. In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, they were all taken away, sedated and educated while they slept. There were times when our daughter was a toddler that I seriously thought of giving it a try.
At the beginning, it's relatively straightforward. There's the Gina Ford approach, which sticks to a strict timetable of feeding and sleeping, and also allows the parents to have some sort of life in those early years.