Sunday 4 December 2016

Parenting is hard enough without the pressure of raising a fairytale family

Published 04/04/2014 | 02:30

They f**k you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had, and add some extra, just for you.

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It is timely this week with all this talk of parents leading their children down the rocky road of problem drinking, obesity and addiction, to be reminded of this famous verse by the British poet Philip Larkin.

Even though it was first published more than 40 years ago, this poem still has enduring appeal – an unfortunate thing for today's under-pressure parents, the vast majority of whom are doing their best for their offspring.

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