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HOW TO HAVE A BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR KIDS

AS PARENTS, we’re usually deep in the details of everyday life. Why won’t he do his homework? Is she having too much screen time or not enough greens? Philippa Perry wants you to take a step back. In her new book, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (And Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) (Penguin Random House), Perry shows you how to take the long view. She’s gained a lot of fans for the frank, insightful and radical advice she’s given to magazine readers over the years as an agony aunt.

‘One of the reasons I wrote this book was that so many of my clients said they loved their parents but that spending time with them felt more like a duty than a pleasure,’ she says. In contrast, the goal of her book is to build a great relationship that’s a source of strength to your child. Imagine

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