The Idle Parent: Why Less Means More When Raising Kids

The Idle Parent: Why Less Means More When Raising Kids


By (author) Tom Hodgkinson

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  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 28mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 5 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 024114373X
  • ISBN 13: 9780241143735
  • Illustrations note: B/W Interleaved
  • Sales rank: 160,511

Product description

In "The Idle Parent" Tom Hodgkinson provides a revolutionary and wholly sensible approach to childcare, based on the idea of D.H. Lawrence and many others that the best thing we can do for children is to leave them alone. Of course, this doesn't mean that we should completely neglect them, but rather that we should provide them with the space and time to grow up self-reliant, confident, happy and free. To do so we need to stop worrying and start nurturing the natural instincts towards creativity and independence in every child. And in so doing we will find ourselves becoming happier and better parents. This is the perfect guide for anyone grappling with parenthood and wondering why the existing manuals are so dispiriting.

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Author information

Tom Hodgkinson is editor of The Idler and author of How To Be Idle and How To Be Free. He contributes a parenting column to the Daily Telegraph and writes for various newspapers and magazines. He lives on a farm in Devon with his family.