Where Did I Come From Mummy?
Who answers the hard questions nowadays? It is the right and responsibility of every parent to pass survival-skills to their progeny. In a bygone era, these skills could be rolled out in a leisurely fashion, sometimes into late teens. Today, the competition for a child's attention is much more fierce, and the code to live by is more likely to come from peers rather than parents. Perhaps we need to counter this with a more concerted effort in the early years. For generations, there was no substitute for sitting and reading stories at bed-time. Ultimate control was exercised by selecting the books brought into the home, with the possible exception of the odd Playboy that came in under the radar. The Internet has changed this landscape forever. The only useful suggestion I can make is that we try and replicate the success of shared-reading by extending time spent sharing the Internet-experience with our kids - perhaps way beyond what they would consider 'necessary'. Obviously teenagers would not tolerate this level of interference, so the process must occur earlier when parents still have some control over a child's environment.