Why 2018 Needs ‘The Idle Parent’!!!

Ever wondered whether the 2018 parent madness is less about investing in kids but investing in capitalism?

…tuition, tennis, Spain, horse riding, skiing, piano etc Just saying?!?

Well, There is a different way! Get ready for the most sensible and consoling parenting manual ever:

‘The Manifesto of the Idle Parent’ (Tom Hodgkinson)

* We reject the idea that parenting requires hard work

* We pledge to leave our children alone

* We reject the rampant consumerism that invades children from birth

* We read them poetry and fantastic stories without morals

* We drink alcohol without guilt

* We reject the inner Puritan

* We don’t waste money on family days out and holidays

* An idle parent is a thrifty parent

* An idle parent is a creative parent

* We lie in bed for as long as possible

* We try not to interfere

* We play in the fields and forests

* We push them into the garden and shut the door so we can clean

* We both work as little as possible, particularly when the kids are small

* Time is more important than money

* Happy mess is better than miserable tidiness

* Down with school

* We fill the house with music and merriment

* We reject health and safety guidelines

* We embrace responsibility

* There are many paths

* More play, less work

“Nagged by scaremongers and ‘besserwissers’ about every aspect of child-rearing, parents are tired of being told what to do. Little wonder then that an alternative approach is gaining ground.

The Premium Project
From the moment a couple decide they are going to try for a kid a deluge of parenting books and advice is heaped upon them. This booming industry has put a premium on all things baby and child ever since parenthood became a lifestyle project and something to schedule into a busy and successful career and ‘Me centred’ world. While this approach to parenting is still going strong, emerging currents and influences are showing tomorrow’s parents a new way.

Tomorrow’s Parents
The well documented failings of authorities, institutions and ‘experts’ are all the more galling when this same crowd turn around and blame parents for everything from public disorder and increased childhood obesity to the so-called ADHD epidemic. Tired of the advice, the ‘rampant consumerism’ and the political correctness, many parents are seeking out alternative values. Focus is shifting from status and keeping up with the Joneses – to a new social approach of sitting down and having a chat with the Joneses, or the Olsons, or the Patels while the kids are playing… on their own.

Free Range Kids
In 2008 mum Lenore Skenazy let her 9 year old son ride the New York Subway alone causing a firestorm of outrage from concerned people around the world. A few years and a prolonged recession later, a movement called ‘Free Range Kids’ is mushrooming. ‘Free Range Kids’ is about rejecting a fear-based approach to child rearing. It means letting go of some control, trusting your children and – even more daring – having faith in your fellow citizens, those ‘strangers’ your kids may encounter when they are out exploring their world on their own.”


Moral: STOP making so much fuss about parenting. LEAVE YOUR KIDS ALONE to have fun and explore the world around them. WATCH THEM LEARN to become more self-reliant, more active and sleep better.

Who knows, you kids might grow into precisely the kind of happy and well-adjusted adults you wish them to be…?!