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I’m tired of commentators saying that the current generation of parents, my generation, is over-cautious, anxious and indulging in unprecedented amounts of ‘helicopter parenting’.  I’m tired of the unexamined nostalgic longing for the ‘good old days’ when children roamed freely around the neighbourhood.  I’m sick of people attributing changing social norms to dysfunction in my […]

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Becoming a parent awakens a whole cluster of instincts, feelings and thoughts.  A dark and scary part of our psyche, inherited from ancestors long past and dormant until parenthood, wakes within us.  We find ourselves tasked with a single overriding mission: our child must survive. We discover that becoming a parent means being haunted by […]

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