When the government announced it’s new £5 million parenting project last week I thought I should offer to help. I have four children, after all, so know a thing or two about the subject. I sent a message via Twitter to the owner of the Parent Gym, one of the organisations involved in the scheme.
“I’d be happy to donate all my Spectator columns on parenting,” I said. “You could reproduce them as an example of what not to do.”
It was a joke, obviously. Middle-class dads trade anecdotes in the park on Saturday mornings about what crap parents they are, but the fact that they’re in the park with their children – usually playing football or cricket – demonstrates that they’re actually doing a pretty good job. (To read more, click here.)