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The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson
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Feb 18, 2011

bookshelves: british, parenting, skimmed
Read in February, 2011

So far, LOVING IT!!

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We reject the idea that parenting requires hard work
We pledge to leave our children alone
We reject the rampant consumerism that invades children from the moment they are born
We read them poetry and fantastic stories without morals
We drink alcohol without guilt
We reject the inner Puritan
We don’t waste money on family days out and holidays
An idle parent is a thrifty parent
An idle parent is a creative parent
We lie in bed for as long as possible
We try not to interfere
We play in the fields and forests
We push them into the garden and shut the door so we can clean the house
We both work as little as possible, particularly when the kids are small
Time is more important than money
Happy mess is better than miserable tidiness
Down with school
We fill the house with music and merriment
We reject health and safety guidelines
We embrace responsibility
There are many paths
More play, less work

That pretty much sums up the text of the book, just insert lots of British wit. I adhere to the idea that we complicate our lives too much these days. I'm not into simplifying parenting so I can drink more alcohol and spend more time in bed. Although, it's hard to tell if he's really serious about those points....

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