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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 6

Don’t try to do everything

So what do you want your child to be when they grow up? Champion jockey? Ballerina? Scientist? Professional footballer? Concert violinist? Actor? Hard to be sure when they’re young, so maybe you should keep all their options open by making sure they have extra tuition in everything they show any interest in. That way they can’t complain later that it’s your fault they failed because you didn’t start them young enough.

It does make for a bit of a busy schedule of course. Football on Monday, drama on Tuesday, clarinet on Wednesday – and swimming after that. Thursday is ballet and Friday they do gym. And riding at the weekend. And that’s just one child. It gets really fun if you have two or three.

Whoa. Hold on ...

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