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The Fun of Parenting
Isn’t parenting wonderful? What joy it is to get the children to school on time, see them safely home again, help with their homework, take them to extra-curricula activities and arrange things to do at the weekend to avoid the “I’m bored” syndrome. All of which keeps you gainfully employed between your serious study sessions concerning “The Best Parenting Advice”.
If that description isn’t quite in accordance with your life as a parent then take heart from the fact that you are not alone.
Life as a parent is not always a bed of roses and we thought it would be a good idea to gather together some informative articles that help you to survive.
When you find yourself in the situation that you need to know all about BODMAS within the next ten minutes or how to help your child with homework within the next 5 minutes then we hope we can help.
Look down the list of articles/quizzes below and find the most appropriate one for your needs. Read the article and then play the quiz at the end to see if you have been paying attention. In the meantime though, just make sure that your beloved offspring doesn’t dissect that slug without at least putting some cardboard on the dining room table first!
How Things Were
The art of parenting is constantly evolving and we will try our best to keep our pages updated with ideas on “Best practice”. To see how far we have come, you might like a couple of snippets given to parents in the 19th Century…
“If, then, you would deal wisely with your child, you must not leave him to the guidance of his own will. Think for him, judge for him, act for him, just as you would for one weak and blind; but for pity’s sake, give him not up to his own wayward tastes and inclinations”. The Duties of Parents, by J. C. Ryle.
“If you truly want your child to maintain health, the child's sleeping position must always be with the head pointing due north”. Dr. Henry KennedyAnd some excellent advice to19th Century children that I’m sure most adhere to even today:
“When you have the honour to be admitted into the salons of your mothers, you must behave yourself in such a manner that they do not regret having accorded you this favour... You will, rightly, not dare present yourself in a salon without your gloves”. Manual from 1886 titled “Well Brought Up Children”
Thoughts for the Modern Parent
“I cannot help but wonder if any parents ever actually schedule in adolescent drama on their day planners. Looks like a slow week, Sarah. I guess I can pencil in your eating disorder.” Huntley Fitzpatrick, My Life Next Door
“Don't be ridiculous, Charlie, people love the parents who beat their kids in department stores. It's the ones who just let their kids wreak havoc that everybody hates.” Christopher Moore, A Dirty Job
“Parents are not interested in justice, they're interested in peace and quiet.” Bill Cosby
“If you were my child, I would staple you to your bedroom wall.” Myra McEntire, Hourglass
“The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.” George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House
Finally, a Thought for a Few Year’s Time
“We’ve had bad luck with our kids – they’ve all grown up.” Christopher Morley