Saturday, 21 July 2018
Parents And Children
From the moment they're born, our children are slowly, very slowly, moving away from their parents as they seek to become individual people in their own rights.
There are plenty of false dawns, incidents which bring them running back to mummy and daddy (usually mummy) with tears running down their faces, or a great terror plastered across their expressions. But they, with the parents help, dust themselves down and gradually venture forth once again.
The parent is torn between keeping them safe, how we hate to see them cry of get hurt, and letting them go and fledge as we know they must. Of course some parents fail to acknowledge this push-me, pull-you dynamic, wanting forever to keep the child tied to them emotionally.
What are the markers of this struggle and how do parents recognise that moment when their child has definitively cut the apron strings?
Here is a reading from my upcoming novel which explores just one of those moments and markers.
Published by Dead Ink Books 26/07/2018
Available from Amazon and all good book shops in the UK