Dear Reader, you may take it from me, that however hard you try-or don’t try; whatever you do-or don’t do; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer; every way and every day:
THE PARENT IS ALWAYS WRONG
So it is no good bothering about it. When the little pests grow up they will certainly tell you what you did wrong in their case. But, never mind; they will be just as wrong themselves in their turn. So take things easily; and above all, eschew good intentions.
A CAMBRIDGE CHILDHOOD – Fisher and Falver Limited 1952
“Surely the most delicious sly and best remembered book of childhood reminiscences ever written” Daniel George
An aside: Notice the skillful use of the semi-colon!