Still, every now and then one comes across a mercifully practical piece of parenting wisdom. The Australian psychologist Steve Biddulph recommends that, as soon as both parents arrive home from work, they should sit down together with a stiff drink. The alcohol, he says, will make them more relaxed – and thus better parents.
You give the gin to the screaming child.
Just make sure you\’ve still got gripe water* in the house: wouldn\’t want the child protection people coming around.
*Gripe water is essentially booze and sugar. An alcopop in fact which is why kiddies like it so much.