The British Way of Parenting!

“I tucked my kids up in bed and said, “night night, see you in the morning,” and then we laughed and laughed and we saw each other sixteen more times before sunrise” ~ unknown!

The midweek Word Prompt over on GC and my site Weekly Prompts is Tough Love!

During a recent trip to the Mall, GC witnessed a young child fall over. The child appeared to be knocked out for a few seconds, but his parents showed little or no concern. His mother, after hauling the child to his feet, continued chatting on her mobile (cell phone).

Was this tough love or simply indifference? We asked our readers to form an opinion.

When it comes to parenting, we all have our own way of doing things, what one parent believes is tough love, another will regard as being too soft.

We think much of it depends on our culture and where we are from, and importantly, the hand we are dealt, in other words, the kids we are given!

I enlisted a little help from the late cartoonist ‘Giles’ to showcase the British way of parenting.

British determination re-typed with borderAhh yes, British Tough Love!

TV violence inspectors re-typed added borderBritish children wreaking havok! 

Building a Child pen re-typed with borderWe British take Health and Safety seriously!

Pushing the kids away with borderLike I said – it depends on the hand we are dealt!

poor-penelope-re-typed-with-border-2School holidays and British Despair!

mothers-day-scotch-re-typed-with-border-2The British Matriarch on Mother’s Day

Some years ago while I was greeting the children at the classroom door, one of the mothers glanced toward her two boys and remarked “I always wanted kids, just not these two!”

Editorial Comments: Cartoon pictures scanned from my late husband’s collection of Giles Cartoons. Carl Giles 29.09.16 – 27.08.95. – Learn more about Giles

(C) 2019 WordPrompt Tough Love from Weekly Prompts


35 thoughts on “The British Way of Parenting!

  1. I remember when my 2 daughters were growing up, I seemed to be in a permanent state of tiredness. Come to think of it, nothing’s changed! In all honesty, we were lucky and both daughters were never a problem and grew up to live happily ever after.

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    1. Me too, always happy when bedtime arrives!
      I think perhaps I was meant to take the prompt a little more seriously, but I’d recently been reading some of the Giles books and felt that some of the cartoons were perfect.

      Now there’s a new career for you Trev!

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    1. Thank you very much Maureen. My first draft was a long opinionated response to the prompt, but after the first read through I hit delete quite quickly! 😀


  2. Tough when the wrong kids are delivered!
    Trouble is that when perfect ones happen one goes sick with worry about (a) what’s wrong with them; or (b) when is all hell going to break loose!

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    1. I managed to have a mixed bunch – oh my, the tales I could tell! Whenever one of my older grandchildren is being told off by one of the daughters, I find I am very tempted to spill the beans on the mother!

      I can so relate to your comment about the perfect ones too!

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  3. Murphy's Law

    “I always wanted kids, just not these two!” Sue, I nearly choked on my Cheerios laughing!! These cartoons are great. I can’t imagine any parent not relating to them. Parenting is an ever-changing challenge. Not easy to keep a handle on it……too many unknowns.

    I do think the mom at the mall was neglectful at best. When did talking on your cell phone become more important than making sure your child was ok?
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Totally agree with you, dad seemed to have his hands full so it was left to the mother to sort, she failed!

      I’m glad you liked the cartoons, a bit tame and old fashioned by today’s standards, but fun nonetheless! Thank you Ginger 🙂


  4. gc

    Reblogged this on THE MAIN AISLE (c) 2019 and commented:
    Let’s face it folks. These days parenting is tough. There are so many modern “conveniences” that actually force a parent to keep up with their tech savvy children. In her humorous take on “tough love” my partner Susan has presented a different spin on the subject. Tough love does not mean being tough on your children. Enjoy! – gc

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    1. You probably wondered how I was going to do this when I told you about the cartoon response! I’m glad you like it and thank you so much for re-blogging it. 🙂


    1. My daughter and I both work/ed in what is known as ‘Leafy Lane’ schools. Areas with professional families who have it all, where the children want for nothing, but the majority were sweet, caring children.

      My son works in an inner city school in the centre of a council estate, a quarter of the class he teaches do not speak English. None of the children in his class are spoiled because the families have nothing to spare.

      We are a country of two halves, though I think compared to when you and I grew up, the halves are less weighted these days! Thank you for your input Susie.


      1. I hear from friends that the English, living in England, buy stuff the kids don’t need on credit that they can’t afford. Same as here in the states.
        We got excited if we had a chicken for Christmas dinner, as it didn’t happen every year.

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      2. Yes! And even though my own children had fruit all the year round, I continued the tradition and each Christmas I bought a crate of satsumas! 😀


  5. HA! 😛 Sue, this made me snort-laugh! 😀

    Having been a teacher to Kindergarten children for many many years…being a Mom and a Mawmaw…I loved this post! And I love children of all ages! 😉 🙂

    Yes, we all parented differently…in some ways. And we parented differently than our parents did us…in some ways. But we have things in common, too. And ideally we should parent each child differently, because each on is vastly different. 🙂

    It can be difficult to find that balance between too tough and too soft. 🙂 I’ve always been firm but gentle with children. And everything I did and said was centered in love. And they always responded so well…even the poor little ones who were already acting-out because of their already tough life (like having a drug addicted parent, etc. 😦 ).

    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…Giles must of raised a lot of children! 😉 😀
    We have a comic series here called Baby Blues created and produced by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott that is very funny! 😀

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    1. Hi Carolyn, thank you for following. I got held up
      but am on my way around to yours!

      I’m glad you liked the post and thank you for saying. I was fortunate to work in a school in an affluent area and if parents were addicted it never showed. My son works in an inner city school and he loves teaching the under privileged, he does however, occasionally encounter drug addicted parents. On my way now! 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome, Sue! 🙂

        Blessings on your son! I am so grateful for teachers!

        It’s sad today to see so many parents with their eyes “glued” to their cell phones. I wonder if their kids ever say, “Mom/Dad! Look at me I’m trying to talk to you.” 😦

        PS…You will find out…I tend to leave l-o-n-g comments. :-/

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      2. Good! 🙂
        BTW: I always respond back to all of the comments I get on my site/blogs. But, I don’t think WP notifies you all if a blog is private. So I hope you will remember to check back when you can. 🙂

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    2. Yes, I did the EXACT same thing and got an e-mail back quickly in reply. With a message to me from Brian.
      One of the many things I told him was that my doggie Cooper was sending him doggie-KISSES and Sarah said that made Brian grin. 🙂

      ‘Tis a sad day. And will be even sadder at some point. I already feel like some of the spark, fun, and brightness has left WordPress without him here. 😦

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  6. Every culture Maine differently opiniated about how to bring up kids..but the bottom line is every parent from every culture has only best interests in their hearts for their kids…They all may take different roads but the destination is the same..the primary goal is always the well being of their kids…

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