Getting older involves trading many useful things, like working knees, for perspective and insight. Of course it’s natural to hope one’s children inherit just good things, avoid repeating mistakes and grow up to enjoy “better” lives, but getting there tests parental patience and empathy.
Only in death is a life story fully known, and in Peg’s own words her’s was long, sometimes bloody hard work, and toward the end a bit boring.
Mr. Grylls’ antics in the wilderness, remind me of Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan back in the day.
No such thing as bad press !
I’m not so sure.
Didn’t the traditional male parent stereotype portray a rather distant, uninvolved figure, capable of dealing blows in the name of discipline and at mum’s discretion? “You just wait until your father gets home.”
A quick trawl unearthed this primary national strategy for supporting boys’ achievements. The desirability of getting more chaps involved in early years education is alluded to twice when practitioners are invited to reflect on ~ “How do you encourage men to work in the early years? Do you, for example, discuss this with other colleagues from…
I can remember being scared of imminent fatherhood, such an important role. My father and I apparently met just the once and I’ve felt subsequently that I’ve made a lot up and never been very certain. Maybe that’s a liberating position, maybe that’s what we all do, maybe that’s just how it should be. I…