Friday 17 November 2017

'Hurry is the enemy of love'

I told the girls not to annoy me while I read a book on good parenting
I told the girls not to annoy me while I read a book on good parenting

I decided that what with everything that's going on in the world I should read a book on bringing up girls. I mean, here I am, a man, and somehow I am being allowed to raise two girls. Admittedly, I have help from a woman, who does 99pc of the rearing, but still, who knows what damage I could be doing to them? I have no doubt that at some stage in the future, much as deaf activists would argue that hearing parents should not be allowed to raise deaf children, men will not be allowed to raise our future women. I could be the last generation of men to father girls, so I need to take this responsibility seriously.

So I got 10 Things Girls Need Most to Grow Up Strong and Free by guru Steve Biddulph.

It sat for a while on my bedside locker looking disapprovingly at me last thing at night as I flicked around the internet and first thing in the morning as I flicked around the internet. I told myself that I need to keep following the news for work. But still, the book sat there, telling me, "This is why you are a bad parent. You don't even have time to prioritise this book that could save you and your daughters".

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