14/08/2014 12:47 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Government's Childhood Guru Says UK Parents 'Baby' Their Kids

Stop babying your kids and let them fend for themselves suggests childhood guru Claire Perry

David Cameron's 'adviser on childhood' Claire Perry has again aired her views on the parenting skills of the UK's mums and dads – this time claiming we 'baby' our kids.

In an interview with the Times, the Tory MP said that British parents fill their children's lives with too many organised activities, fail to lay down the law and set 'limits', and were, ultimately, preventing kids from being able to fend for themselves.

"We've created a treadmill, it's usually the mother that is orchestrating all of that and doing all the driving," said mum of three Mrs Perry.

"We worship this feminine motherhood thing and I don't think our children have benefited actually. They're babied a lot," she added.

Mrs Perry, who took a career break to raise her own family, said that the problem was because 'a lot of it is women who, because it is difficult to get on, subjugate their own ambition into their kids'.

"That makes it harder when they get to university and realise they haven't got a mother to help them with their homework, watching their every move. We've all done it," she said.

Mrs Perry admitted that she had once had tendencies to 'hover' over her own children, but thinks they are now 'better off' as a result of her taking a step back.

Childhood guru Claire recently advised parents to snoop on their kids online to keep them safe, and to have 'franker' and more 'upfront' conversations with them.

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