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Emilie Silverwood-Cope: What do wish you had known earlier?





I was going to write about the craze that is sweeping TikTok known as ‘gentle parenting’.

What do parents wish they had known earlier, and what would they do differently?
What do parents wish they had known earlier, and what would they do differently?

Watching those videos full of advice on how to be a better, calmer mum just reminded me how bad I often felt with my own small children.

I read loads of parenting books with titles like How to not shout at your children, or How to make your kids listen so you don’t feel like you’re going crazy. I used to read books like this because I felt like I was on the brink all the time, thanks to tiredness, loneliness, boredom and sometimes just plain fear. Just give me rules so I can get this stuff right!



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