Frank Furedi put me straight today on Five Live. You can ‘talk about literature’ with your children, but don’t spend long hours reading to them.
Don’t do music practise with them either, or even give them a helping hand with their homework. Or play Scrabble with them, probably. Isn’t this what parents are meant to do? Apparently not. The danger now is because if you follow this way you will render them so helpless that they won’t know how to tie their shoelaces when they get to university. Just don’t hang out with your kids, alright.
In an extraordinarily patronising comment, the Prime Minister’s adviser on these things joined with Furedi suggesting we were ‘babying’ our children to their detriment. And it was all the fault of those terrible things ‘Career Women’, who had given up work and were now siphoning their ‘ambition’ (ooh) via their children who they were forcing to succeed, sending to tutors every living hour of the day, etc etc.
When not hovering over them, we also neglect them (how can this be?), by letting them spend hours on electronic devices where they are downloading porn and/or violence.