I, like many other parents, was also wondering how very young children were at a late-night cinema showing of an age-inappropriate film such as The Dark Knight Rises (Don't go gunning for the parents, Comment, July 29).
Vicky Allan writes that "only the strictest of parents these days have never stumbled back to a 'family friendly' music festival". Oh well, I must be one of the really strict few. When I had my children, I stopped dragging them along to festivals, all-day shopping trips and long pub lunches. How selfish of me! When you embark on parenthood, you have to adopt a selfless view. Gone are the days when you can just up-sticks and do things when you feel like it. It's called being a parent.
My children are in bed at the same time each night (later at weekends). Many people may think this is strict, but I know that by 8.30pm, once the last storybook has been read, it's my time. Then, and only then, can I afford to be selfish. Of course, tragic events can happen anywhere and at any time. But these parents in Aurora, Colorado will have to live with their actions forever. And I am sure they are thinking the same: what if I'd just stayed home with my child?
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