Bring on the lego

Parenting - - Letters -

So what makes a good par­ent? This is some­thing that

I have been think­ing about re­cently af­ter be­com­ing a

new mum. I think that my par­ents did a great job rais­ing

their small brood but then I might be biased!

I now re­alise that par­ent­ing goes well be­yond tack­ling

milk stains on the car­pet and the lo­gis­tics around

the best way to store Lego. Also, that the chal­lenges

par­ents face to­day are quite dif­fer­ent to those faced

by my par­ents, thanks to quickly ad­vanc­ing mod­ern

tech­nol­ogy. We are quick to em­brace gad­gets in the

fam­ily home as there are many great benefits, but it can

be hard to fig­ure out other im­pli­ca­tions on the fam­ily

unit un­til it is too late. Your Par­ent­ing mag­a­zine has

en­light­ened me about the chal­lenges a mod­ern par­ent

faces and en­cour­aged me to con­sider th­ese is­sues

fur­ther.

My lit­tle fella is only a few months old but I find it

ex­cit­ing to read your mag­a­zine and think about the

ex­pe­ri­ences we can have to­gether as my lit­tle fam­ily

grows – things such as long haul flights and even the

pos­si­bil­ity of living over­seas! I have also been re­minded

that back to ba­sics plays an im­por­tant part in rais­ing

happy chil­dren. This in­cludes hands-on

arts and crafts, get­ting mucky and

clown­ing around to make a child

smile. I can’t wait to get into

the Lego with my boy when

he is older!

R. O'don­nell

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