>• Enough with the helicopter parenting, says author Tom Hodgkinson: If you want successful, confident children, less is more

WHY IS LAID-BACK PARENTING BETTER?

Children become competent when they become capable. Modern parenting has become a full-time task; parents do everything for their children. But a bit of deprivation is a good thing.

HOW SHOULD PARENTS DIAL BACK?

Have a do-nothing day. Unplug the television and see what happens. You start playing games! If you fill their days with too many activities, there’s no downtime for their imaginations to work.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR US?

If you lie in bed, the kids make their own breakfast, then yours. It doesn’t happen often … but it’s idle parenting in action!

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