How the English rear their young

British children, writes Dalrymple,

are regularly found to be the most miserable in Europe. This is because a large proportion of parents fear or hate their children, and by the time they have finished bringing them up are right to do so: which does not, of course, absolve them of their responsibility.

The preferred English method of child-rearing is

neglect by indulgence, with or without a little violence and emotional abuse thrown in. By the end of childhood, a British child is considerably more likely to have a television in its room than a father living at home.

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