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Why the imperfect parent is actually the best parent – The School of Life’s new book The Good Enough

The School of Life published its smart, warm, and comforting new book The Good Enough Parent last month – a series of lessons in how to be a “good enough” parent, which show that being an imperfect parent is actually the best thing you can do for your child.

The book draws on philosophy, art, literature, and psychiatry to offer lessons on parenting (from toddlers to teens), including ideas on:

- how to say 'no' to a child one adores

- why naughtiness is actually a positive form of self-expression

- how to encourage a child to be genuinely kind

- why melancholy is nothing to be afraid of

- why being a boring parent may be something to aspire to

- how to handle the moods and gloom of adolescence.

You can read more about the book in the i Paper and in Mr Porter.

You can also hear The School of Life’s founder, Alain de Botton, speaking to Chris Evans on his Virgin Radio breakfast show about the book (3 hours, 11 mins).

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