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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 2

No one is perfect

Have you ever thought what it would be like to have perfect parents? Well, think about it now. Imagine your parents had been faultless when you were growing up (I’m betting they weren’t).* Suppose they were textbook parents – that your mother was always right. Sound like fun? Of course not.

Look, kids need something to kick against when they’re growing up. They need someone to blame, and I’m afraid that’s your job. So you might as well give them something to blame you for.

So what’s it going to be? Nothing cruel or abusive of course – you need to pick something that’s not unreasonable and shows a bit of human frailty. Maybe you’ve got a fuse that’s just a little bit shorter than it should be? Perhaps you tend to put ...

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