Dr Bryan Caplan, parenting guru, has said we parents all need to take one humungous chill-pill and stop obsessing over time interacting with our sprogs, the necessity of flute lessons, after-school Manderin, and endless tutoring for this, that and t'other. In fact he goes as far as telling the Mail that being slacker as a parent won't make that much difference as their life choices will be determined by genes more than anything else anyway.
In his book Selfish Reasons To Have More Kids: Why Being A Great Parent Is Less Work And More Fun Than You Think, published this month, he's pursuading us that whilst more interaction for the very young may benefit intelligence, as they get older this assumption is far less well-founded in research.
Well all of this is rather good news don't you think? We don't have to drag them to every out-of-school activity going, nor do we have to battle over piano practise and act like Play School presenters 24/7. Apparently even a spot of telly from time to time won't kill them. Who'd have thunk it?!
Read more: feature in Daily Mail