29.2.08

Invisible Parenting

Rachel Giese profiles Meg Rosoff at the CBC site here.

This is good:

“To be honest, I just don’t care about writing about the relationship between children and parents. I’m more interested in writing about people’s relationship to the world. And teenagers are narcissistic. Their lives are defined by the area around themselves. As a parent — my daughter is only 10 years old, but I don’t think it’s different with kids of any age — my job is to facilitate my daughter’s experience of the world. It’s not a relationship of equals, where my life and my interests are as important as hers. In our relationship, they’re not and I don’t mind that at all. I always think the best parents are slightly invisible. They let kids get on with it, and they don’t get in the way.”

Being invisible has always been one of my goals. Although, I don't think she means the kind I've been guilty of in the past when I initiate a game of Hide and Go Seek and then don't seek.

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