Saturday April 4, 2020

Mother Courage: The end of the hit parade

In which I am not happy about slapping

7th June, 2015

The baby is an unreconstructed male. A hair-dragging cave-toddler. A gorilla with a night-light. A wolf in easy-access clothing. He resolves every dispute with his fist.

For those of you who ascribe to the ‘violence begets violence’ theory: for the record, the baby has never been on the receiving end of violence. No. Violence is not his learned response to a problem – it’s his innate, deeply human response. If he’s angry with you, he...

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