Oh, this is choice. Sandra Parsons, apparently seriously, holds up the family of the Mitford girls as a model of good old-fashioned parenting - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/artic ... n-now.html
Specifically - "Truly tough love
In her new autobiography the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire says that, as the seventh child and sixth girl, her parents would have preferred her to be a boy.
Her eldest sister, Nancy Mitford, said upon her arrival: 'How disgusting of the poor darling to go and be a girl.'
Her siblings used to tell her she was stupid and a bore, then make a circle around her and chant: 'Who is the least important person in this room? You.'
'I read now about the necessity of self esteem in children,' she says dryly in her book.
'We would have become impossibly pleased with ourselves had we been indulged with such a thing.'
Now aged 90, the Duchess nevertheless observes: 'I look back on my childhood as a happy time.'
Perhaps it's time to dump all those parenting manuals and just read 'Debo' instead."
She cannot be serious.