Physical contact is more important than you may think - especially for our children.
We live in a world of stranger danger and an overwhelming desire to keep our children safe. In light of the horrendous incidents our press have slathered over like hungry dogs, perhaps this is understandable, but I worry that we might be breeding a culture that has fear as its driving force.
Earlier this year, the Guardian newspaper held an experiment where several families gave up the rules laid down by parents, and handed the power over to the children.
It’s a fascinating read, and there are many parallels with what children and young people have been telling me via the How to Speak Child interviewing project.
When was the last time you asked a child a truly profound question?
The comedian Joe Lycett recently wrote a Guardian column in which he mentions asking a ten year old girl, to whom he is close, “What do you think art is?” She replies, “It’s trust. If you trust something’s good, then it is.” Brilliant. As Joe says, that is exactly what art is.