Now we can just plonk them in front of the TV with a pizza

Steve's baby daughter made amazing progress this week, or so his wife thought

STEVE CANAVAN: It was a lot of rattle over just a little roll

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My new favourite person is Dr Bryan Caplan, an academic who reckons children should be allowed to eat pizza and watch more TV.

Yes, yes, I know he’s American where it’s quite normal for inactive kids to live on junk food and end up with backsides the size of Kansas.

But his point is that we worry too much about getting our offspring to be musical, sporty or brainy. Instead he believes we have to accept that our children’s lives are mostly shaped by genes and the choices they make when they’re older, so we should ‘cut ourselves a lot of additional slack’ and relax.

So no more ferrying the kids round to endless stimulating and pricy activities in mum or dad’s taxi. We can just plonk them in front of the telly with a margherita and get on with life. Result!