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Parents have always bragged about their children—but that doesn’t mean you should do it all over Facebook

Image by image, we’re collaging idealised selves for our children to live up to

By Hephzibah Anderson   March 2019

Illustration: Kate Hazell

For most of civilisation, becoming a parent has meant muddling through as best you could. Then came the dawn of “parenting.” According to the OED, the noun first cropped up as a verb in 1918, but it took until the 1970s for it to become popular. The gender-neutral gerund has since grown to encapsulate the myriad ways in which “child care,” as the commonsensical…

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