Some of the best parenting wisdom I ever heard, and I obtained it from several sources, is that the best things to do with your child are the things you love doing anyway. And to spend less time worrying about the things you don’t manage to provide your child with and more time celebrating the things you naturally bring to your parenting.
One thing I love doing is going to art galleries. (Something I was introduced to as a child by a mother who also loved going to art galleries).
But I haven’t taken Cormac to the art gallery much – see here for a full exploration of that guilt – and so my expectations of him were low. And when I did take him the other week he actually really surprised me. He was full of gentle wonder and good behaviour. I was reminded that young children make great art gallery company because they lack cynicism and suspicion.