Is there actually anyone who is surprised at a survey’s findings that parents find their 14 year old daughters are difficult? Surely not, after all the poor things’ forebrains are going into meltdown, their hormones are flooding them with unaccustomed emotions and their bodies are changing… or not.
Given all that their biology is putting them through, what they need is sympathy and understanding. They feel scared while they project confidence; they feel lost while telling you just how...
Thursday 17 June 2010
In an ideal world children would remain innocent little angels playing innocent sweet games until … when? Who is to decide?
Children are born curious. Asking endless questions is how they learn. Of course different children ask different questions at different ages and of course some parents find the “Where do babies come from” questions just too embarrassing to answer. Or they fall back on the age-old get-out statements: “Under a gooseberry bush” or “Wait till you’re older”.
Yet another survey, this one of children’s views, heaps guilt on parents.
It appears that children feel that their parents put them off and won’t attend to them when they want (Daily Mail June 2010). There cannot be a single parent who didn’t wince when they heard this; after all surely every one of us has at some time said “Not now, I’m busy” Of course our children deserve and need our attention whether for help with homework, to hear their woes or because they have suddenly remembered...