The Joys of Parenting

Jon Ronson on bringing up his boy. I hail from a time when one didn’t have conversations like that with one’s parents, but I still ended up knowing the words somehow. 

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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2 Responses to The Joys of Parenting

  1. Gelert says:

     I loved that. You can’t put one over on a kid for long. Apparently, when my niece was barely three, sis took her on holiday with our parents to Lanzarote. In the apartment was a painting, which looked like someone had asked the handyman to throw the ends of all the paint cans on a piece of hardboard and shove it up there.  Well, my niece walked up to it, put her hand on her hips and said disgustedly "What’s THAT!" "It’s a painting’ my sis said, "Nahhh….." said the niece – "That’s BO**OCKS!"
    A shocked silence fell. How did she know that word? How did she know how to use it?  My dad, sanguine as ever, strolled away and muttered. "Of course, she’s quite right you know.."  and that was good enough for him.

  2. Geoff says:

    Hee – nice one. Clearly she has a great future as an art critic. 

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