Claire Perry MP has criticised ‘helicopter parents’ who schedule their kids’ every waking minute.
Children’s author Shirley Hughes has similarly advised that boredom in childhood promotes creativity.
Parents are responsible for love, discipline and health and not necessarily the way children play. When we become obsessed with the latter, the other key bases are often neglected because parents only have so much energy.
Our kids see interference for what it is; an expression of our own insecurity. Perry’s criticism may feel ill-timed when mums and dads are already feeling the squeeze, but she just wants us to relax.
Under commercial pressure to intensively develop our kids, it’s refreshing to hear the counter argument.