I’m finally reading Tom Hodgkinson’s excellent book, How To Be Idle. We’ve had his parenting manifesto hanging on the fridge for many years.
Here’s an updated version, from his book, The Idle Parent:
We reject the idea that parenting requires hard work.
We pledge to leave our children alone.
We reject the rampant consumerism that invades children’s lives from the moment they are born.
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 the house.
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.
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