Line of Duty

The child is just being born but parents and society have already presented him with a whole list of requirements: he MUST sleep according to the regimen, MUST eat the right food with enthusiasm, MUST go potty on time, respect the elders, be diligent in his studies, be interested in what the adults see fit, and so and so on…

Often these requirements contradict one another. Remember how Fröken Bock used to order Svante to “go to bed, brush your teeth and do your homework” at the same time? And usually after that she added, “Oh, what a pain it is to raise children.”

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