Perfect for the new school term, Taming The Tiger Parent, by Tanith Carey, is being published by How To books tomorrow, and is an essential manual for any parent feeling trapped in today's race to ensure their offspring are the brightest and the best.
Fans of Carey's previous, ground-breaking book on how to handle the challenges of early sexualisation - Where Has My Little Girl Gone? - will not be disappointed by her practical advice on nurturing rather than pressurising our children. Hard-hitting but sensitively written, it brought home to me the levels of stress I was under as a child - there is a section on spotting the symptoms in children - and made me determined to protect The Evacuees from burn-out and worry as much as I can.
I am delighted to read that hot-housing and tutoring can do more harm than good, and that league tables may be considered as immoral, as I don't subscribe to the rat race and have no intention of prioritising "success" over the welfare and self-esteem of Prima and Secundus.Far more important is that they can grow into the happy, emotionally-balanced people they were meant to be.