Di­ary Of A Bad Dad

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

Mrs T ac­cused me of be­ing a he­li­copter par­ent. Af­ter I Googled it I dis­cov­ered it meant I was “a par­ent who takes an over­pro­tec­tive or ex­ces­sive in­ter­est in the life of their child or chil­dren.’’

I wasn’t tak­ing that ly­ing down - or in­deed tak­ing it sit­ting down on the sofa watch­ing Sky Sports on the telly.

“How is it even pos­si­ble to have an “ex­ces­sive’’ in­ter­est in your child’s life?’’ I ranted.

I could tell by the look on her face, she thought my an- swer proved her point.

It turns out me and my fel­low he­li­copters are also mak­ing life dif­fi­cult for teach­ers –as if they didn’t have enough on their plate with all that mark­ing.

In any case with Tod­dler­na­tor the Ter­ri­ble, it’s me that needs pro­tect­ing. He’s go­ing through a phase of thwack­ing (his word) me with any­thing he can lay his hands on. The bal­loons are okay, but shoes hurt!

Per­haps I should leave him to his own de­vices. He’ll soon learn you can’t run through brick walls.

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