Whose child is that, anyway?
Is your child someone else when they're away from you?
Scott Dunlop
You think you know your child: After all, you’re with him from birth. Yet there’s a secret kid inside him - the one he is when you’re not there to watch.

Ever gone to pick up your volatile preschooler after a party, only to be told that he’s a lovely well-mannered child? Or had your homework-shy daughter come home with a report which claims she’s a ‘pleasure to teach’? You wonder: do they have the right kid?

It’s a mystery, and yet... not. The parenting paradox is this - we don’t raise them for when we’re around, we raise them so that they’ll be ok when we’re not. It’s not just about keeping them out of rehab or prison, but equipping them for all of their adventures outside your home.

The fact is, they’re probably better behaved than I am.

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