MALE OFFSPRING: Arrrghhh! I can’t do this! I HATE this! I HATE it!
ME: Oh for…..(stopping myself)…it’s just homework! The sooner you get it done – the better.
MALE OFFSPRING: That’s alright for you to say! You said you never had nowt given you as homework when you were a kid. But I’m just 6! It’s not fair! I HATE this! I HATE my life! I keep telling you! I’m supposed to be HAPPY!
ME: I did get homework. But not until I was about 12.
FEMALE OFFSPRING: Well that’s because you must have gone to a rubbish school.
ME: I didn’t actually. It’s just that things were different in those days. Plus… if you didn’t do your homework… your parents didn’t feel the need to try and bail you out. Or to feel guilty that they might somehow might be turning out to be a crap parent.
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