Friday 24 February 2017

There is a time when 'bad parenting' is just what they need

Frank Coughlan

'The experts and gurus get all touchy-feely when it comes to giving advice about The Big Exam'
'The experts and gurus get all touchy-feely when it comes to giving advice about The Big Exam'

The first rule of parenting should be: not too many rules. I won't say that philosophy has served me perfectly over the decades (my eldest is 28; my youngest 18), but as a general rule of thumb it hasn't let me down too often.

The experts and gurus (some of whom have never fought in the parenting trenches) get all touchy-feely when it comes to giving advice about The Big Exam.

A lot of what they say makes sense, of course. But the tick-the-box advice spreadsheet has never overly impressed me.

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