Should I be a cool parent?

It was a dark night and we were driving home. It’s at such moments that I find my children can be at their most chatty and Helen was in a talkative mood, testing me, to see if I was a cool parent or not.


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Looking longingly at acronyms my daughter didn’t think I’d know. Unfortunately for her, I’m quite well versed in these things.

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Hanging out with the cool kids. Or maybe not.

When my brother was 16, he came to stay with me in London for a few days during the holidays. I’d got him a holiday job on the newspaper I worked at and when not both working, we had a great time.

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The ruffled hair, the shades, the stubble. I mean come on, this guy is cool, right? Oh okay, maybe not.

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