Monday, August 01, 2011


"“Of all the animals,” said Plato, “the boy is the most unmanageable.” And if they were bad in ancient Greece – where trident-throwing skills could at least be parlayed into useful adult activities, such as fighting Trojans – they are even more exhausting today. Parents have less time to spend with their children, and therefore less patience. After a long day at work, how would you prefer to spend the hours before bedtime: having your hair plaited and reading The Borrowers; or lying on the kitchen floor under a heap of writhing bodies while they practise their wrestling slams?

Women who only have daughters sometimes find it impossible to disguise their relief. On the internet, they are known as Smogs – Smug Mothers of Girls."

You can almost taste the pity - Telegraph for Charlotte.

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