Now before you go calling child services on me, hear me out. You might even be rolling out the oats as you scoff your Pad Thai next Friday night too.
You see, I would describe myself as a fairly typical modern day parent. My children are most definitely always heard as well as seen. Unless they are up to something that may occasion bodily harm, or involves permanent marker, or they’re mean to one another, they have a pretty free run at life. I take the Dr Phil approach with extra-curricular activities and let them keep trying different things until they find their passion (which worked brilliantly with No 1, but I admit I’m struggling a little to keep up with the numerous passions of No 2). We regularly engage in whole family activities, we play board games with them, we take an interest in the TV shows they watch and books they read, we ask their opinions on things. Basically we treat them like any other people we like and respect … they’re just shorter, is all.