For a happy family life, think free-form jazz | Tim Lott

07. January 2018 Love and Sex 0

Running a successful household requires kindness, respect, intimacy, shared meals, phone-free times – and the ability to improvise

I am coming to the end of my time as a Guardian Family columnist, so I thought I would use my final contributions to summarise what I have discovered or pondered over during the last four years – a few principles worth thinking about if you hope for a functional family life.

First, relax and do what you think is right. There are as many views about parenting, marriage and children as there are unpulled Christmas crackers in Nigel Farage’s house. Most of these received truths have the perishability of organic fruit. Family life is less like mathematics and more like free-form jazz. Feel at liberty to improvise.

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