Want to be a better parent? Try doing nothing

We have all gone out of our way to shield our kids from failure or frustration. But prioritising their comfort and happiness over life skills and values does more harm than good

Mums and dads today have a stinking reputation and it all boils down to one main reason: We are doing too darn much.

Much scorn has been heaped on parents who are not just over-scheduling their children, but are also overbearing, overzealous and overprotective.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 31, 2019, with the headline 'Want to be a better parent? Try doing nothing'. Print Edition | Subscribe