22 May Giving parenting the prestige it deserves
Author Helen Hayward published her latest book A Slow Childhood: Notes on Thoughtful Parenting with prestigious Canberra press Editia this month and it’s generating much discussion in print and on the airwaves.
In this piece for The Weekend Australian – an edited extract from the book’s foreword – noted philosopher Alain de Botton argues that, while our bookshelves groan under the weight of parenting manuals, few books accord the act of parenting the social and cultural prestige it deserves.
Meanwhile, over on Mamamia, Helen discusses the complexities of the ‘stay-at-home-mother’ tag with which she has been labelled because of her commitment to giving her children a ‘slow’ childhood.
In A Slow Childhood, Helen offers a fascinating exploration of an age-old subject, adding invaluable depth of insight to a role that is continually in flux as the mores and values of our community perpetually shift.
Stay tuned for more from Helen when she appears on ABC TV News Breakfast on 1 June, on ABC Radio National’s Life Matters on 9 June and on various ABC Local Radio stations and parenting podcasts around Australia in coming weeks.
And if you’re a journalist and you’d like to talk to Helen, please drop me a line.