Letter: Kids today

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Barbara Kew's reasoning (Letter, 20 March) is bizarre. Far from learning "most of their problem-solving techniques from their parents", children tend to judge, and then reject, almost everything their parents have done.

My own divorced parents' four children all reached either death or retirement happily married to one partner. I cannot answer for my siblings, but I know that the spectacle of my parents' miserable disloyalty to each other made me determined to make a better job of the business of marriage. Far from accepting, as Barbara Kew does, that divorce will increase with each generation, I feel that a successful marriage may be the only decent thing left to which our children and grandchildren can aspire. Everything else, today, is too easy.


Cheltenham, Gloucestershire