This is a story about control.  My control.  And the Button-Pusher who challenges it.

Recently I interviewed Emily Joyce about who pushes her buttons and how she navigates parenthood.  She said one thing in particular that really stuck in my mind:  I wonder whether a lot of parenting is about the loss of control and trying to cope with that. It rang a big old bell for me, and struck … More This is a story about control.  My control.  And the Button-Pusher who challenges it.

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What do old fashioned stories teach our children? Answer: very little!

Recently someone I know sang an old nursery rhyme about hot cross buns to my little Button-Pusher.  After the line, ‘if you have no daughters, give them to your sons’, I commented (half jokingly) “what if you have daughters?  Don’t the sons get any if you have daughters?  What are the sons supposed to do? … More What do old fashioned stories teach our children? Answer: very little!