parents

Marina Warner becomes her mother’s ‘shabti’

24 April 2021 9:00 am

There comes a time after the death of parents when grief subsides, the sense of loss eases, and you, the…

Problem parents: My Phantoms, by Gwendoline Riley, reviewed

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Gwendoline Riley’s unsentimental fiction hovers on the edge of comedy and bleakness, and has drawn comparisons from Jean Rhys to…

What has happened to parenting?

28 December 2020 6:00 pm

During a recent webinar with British MPs, I learned that parents in Bradford were up in arms because their children…

How Philip Larkin f****d me up

20 April 2019 9:00 am

I first came across Philip Larkin’s poem ‘This Be the Verse’ when I was 18 in the late 1970s. You…

The kids aren’t all right

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Our histrionic parenting is making today’s young people mad, unhappy and fat

The danger of no danger

28 October 2017 9:00 am

We all know about helicopter parents and how terrible they can be. In New York, where I live, a mother…

Erica Jong's middle-aged dread

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Who’d get old? Bits fall off, your loved ones start dropping like flies and, perhaps worst of all, the only…

How we drive our children mad

21 March 2015 9:00 am

If Britain has a crisis in children’s mental health, it’s easy to see why

Glyndebourne’s Turn of the Screw: horrors of the most innocent and creepy kind

25 October 2014 9:00 am

We all know that ‘They fuck you up your mum and dad’, but nowhere is this more reliably (and violently)…

Want to be a neglectful parent? Come to a festival and learn

2 August 2014 9:00 am

I spent last weekend at Port Eliot in Cornwall. This is supposed to be a literary and music festival and…

I am ready to talk about my death. Is anyone else?

10 May 2014 9:00 am

I am ready to talk about my death. Is anyone else?

Toby Young: It's biological, I become a caveman when my child is sick

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The first sign that something was wrong with Ludo was when he complained of a tummy ache. This was after…