16 February 2010

Idle Parenting = Happy Childhood

Refreshing article that may become a movement:
We reject the idea that parenting requires hard work
We pledge to leave our children alone
That should mean that they leave us alone, too
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 fill the house with music and laughter
We don't waste money on family days out and holidays
We lie in bed for as long as possible
We try not to interfere
We push them into the garden and shut the door so that 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


Anonymous said...

Love & embrace this philosophy. Wish we could do better with it because we still have way too many things to try to fill our time...

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CityKin said...

I thought it was an excellent article, you may want to read the whole thing. Watch the families around you and see if you don't notice that certain families just have happier children. Then notice how loose the parents are.

catherine said...

Did I write this...? Totally what I believe if not what I always practice.