The Bad Mother & The Badly Behaved Child

A little over a decade ago, when I had my first two year old thrust upon me, it was the Positive Parenting Era; that phase where parents were not allowed to say anything even remotely negative to their child.

It was even recommended by some ‘experts’ that even the use of the word “no” could result in long term suffering, a lifetime of emotional disorders and much fucking up your kids, basically.

In all of this, and whilst not all of it was quite so extremist as this which I have just mentioned, was the strong suggestion that any addressing of certain behaviours was very much directed at the

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