A Non-Conversation With Amanda

Children are creatures with a wonderfully evolved talent for getting adults to do things for them.  A pitiful weak smile, a blunt “I can’t do this”, a puzzled frown, ….  They’re all strategies to avoid actually getting stuck into a problem and children have enormous success with them – and my response is often to smile nicely and go and talk to someone else.

So I treasured it as a very significant compliment when Amanda said to her friend “Don’t bother asking Mr Parr for help, it’s a total waste of time!”




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