Not a very imaginative title for today’s post.
First, another article from the Guardian.
‘So it seems strange that parents, while focusing so intently on school, seem often to ignore a much cheaper way of improving their children’s educational lot. Because the more stable a home life children have, the better they will be able to concentrate at school, the better behaved they will be in school, and the better grades they will have on leaving school.’
‘According to a whole pile of research stretching back across many decades, children tend to do best when they’re raised in a stable family.’
And another very sad article:
Readers can guess why I featured these articles. The first one verifies my constant nagging about stability at home. It’s astonishing that, overlooking tons of evidence, failed parents still wonder why their kids go batshit crazy.
I have also criticised the attitude that the Todds had towards Amanda’s drug abuse. The second article shows the perils of it all. I still can’t quite fathom why the parents who get most publicity are the ones who act AFTER a tragedy. Maybe it’s because the story of a parent who raised a kid who doesn’t take drugs, who does well, and succeeds in life is boring. Or maybe it’s because there’s comfort in knowing that if you’re a parent who has completely fucked it up, there’s plenty more like you out there.