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Raising the Bar

Adam Gopnik on why bringing up children is an art - not a science. Our task - as parents - he says, is to teach them the art of living.

Adam Gopnik muses on the art of parenting and the challenges of getting it right.

"Too much praise... or too little?", he wonders. "You have to be hands off, smiling" but at the same time "engaged, unsparing in honesty".

He concludes that raising children is an art, not a science or a craft. "They are the artists of their own lives but we can, we must, teach them the art of living".

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

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