Learning to take the chill pill in parenting

I've learnt that everyone has an opinion about various parenting issues, so I make decisions based on just my gut instinct

My kids call me a "mean" mum when I disallow them to have certain things that their friends have. "My friends have mobile phones and can play computer games," they would say.

Or when I make them do things their friends need not do. "My friends don't have to fold clothes."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'Learning to take the chill pill in parenting'. Print Edition | Subscribe