“Well,” sighed Every Parent Ever looking at their child, “it’s not as if they come with a manual is it?” Of course, that’s not quite the case, bookshops heave with books seeking to poke parents in the right direction, here are two recent examples…
What Every Parent Needs to Know by Toby Young and Miranda Thomas (Viking)
Brevity is certainly not a problem shared by this book. Seeking to tutor parents in the way of the UK’s new primary school curriculum, Young and Thomas guide us through the various subjects covered in years one to five. They give the reader a grounding in the subject, recommend useful homework discussions, list research resources and suggest additional games and exercises to help your child’s understanding. They also give advice on how to process school reports (how many ways can “must try harder” be interpreted? Perhaps that was just me…)
It’s tiring just reading it.
Unquestionably well-researched, thought out and with a clear and helpful aim, What Every Parent Needs to Know may well be What Every Parent Needs to Buy if they want to monitor and help their child’s education. If your child won’t play along, threaten to drop the book on their toes, it’s an understandably stout affair.*
* This is a joke. Dropping books on children’s toes isn’t nice. Still, if you must do it then go for the Brett Cohen volume, it won’t hurt and may pass a minute or two on a long car journey.