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I am entirely to blame for my kids’ anxiety – and that just makes me more anxious

Bill Linnane


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Scrolling through the internet just adds to the anxiety. Picture posed

Scrolling through the internet just adds to the anxiety. Picture posed

Scrolling through the internet just adds to the anxiety. Picture posed

My fellow dads, I bring glad tidings — we have something new to worry about. It wasn’t enough that we lie awake at night worrying about money, health, that weird clicking noise in the car, or whether or not we locked the back door, now we have yet another issue to load into our fragile minds. Just think of it as being like a psychological game of Buckaroo — dangle yet another anxiety delicately upon your mind and hope that it doesn’t just snap under the weight of it all.

Our good friends at the Economic and Social Research Institute have put forth some research that suggests children who have a good relationship with their father are happier in life. I’m simplifying the findings. There is more to it than that, so don’t just go ‘well duhhhh, anyone who has watched Star Wars could tell you that’.


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