50 years ago Jo Frost would have had to choose a different career path. Of course there have always been naughty children but never such a general disrespect for the authority of adults. ‘No’ would have been final, and the child might throw a strop once, but never again. Because his bawling would never come to fruition. In the mind of the adult, there was never any doubt who should be in control in their relationship, something curiously absent on the minds of modern day adults.
Today we have an altogether different method of dealing with our children. ‘Oh here darling, don’t bother me whilst I’m taking my boring lower-middle class office job home with me, play with this expensive piece of consumer rubbish that will a) kill your intellect before its even begun, and b) contribute to a global economy that is completely unsustainable and will eventually lead to the downfall of mankind.