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This Happened — September 6: Boris Johnson Resigns

Boris Johnson stepped down as British Prime Minister on this day last year.

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Who is Boris Johnson?

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, commonly known as Boris Johnson, is a British politician, writer, and journalist. He was born on June 19, 1964, in New York City. He served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015, and was the British Prime Minister from 2019 to 2022, a leadership mired in controversy.

What are Boris Johnson's politics?

Boris Johnson was a member of the Conservative Party in the UK, often associated with center-right political positions. He was known for his support of free market principles, deregulation, and a strong national defense. As Prime Minister, he advocated for Brexit and emphasized a "Global Britain" approach. During this 2016 Brexit campaign he was criticized for his role in promoting a controversial claim that leaving the European Union would allow the UK to redirect £350 million per week to the National Health Service (NHS). This claim, often referred to as the "£350 million on the bus," was widely criticized as misleading and was a source of significant controversy.

Why don't people like Boris Johnson?

Johnson is known for his offensive language, particularly the various comments he made about women, the LGBTQ+ community, and foreign leaders. One of these instances occurred before his ascent to prime minister, when in a 2018 newspaper column, Boris Johnson likened women who wear burkas to "bank robbers" and "letter boxes. Additionally, Johnson was widely criticized for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, with concerns that the government had a slow reaction and that communication was often unclear.

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A Humble Note To Helicopter Parents And Hyperpaternity Dads: We're Born To Fail

One thing's for sure, whether you have children or not: You are bound to make mistakes, experience frustration and learn things the hard way. The key is to gradually understand how to live with it.

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Double ouch

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Ignacio Pereyra

"Whatever you do, you won't do it well". Sentences like that tend to feel like a relief as a father (and in life in general). Sometimes I think I worry (obsess?) too much about being the best parent I can be.

I also end up spending too much time caring about what others think about me as a father — be it my children, my partner or a random person in the park.

That initial sentence is all the more calming considering it was uttered by someone who really knows what they're talking about: the mother of Spanish artists David and Fernando Trueba, a woman who raised six more kids to boot.

In fact, I came across this sentence via an article about hyperpaternity* in Spain’s El Periódico, which helped me think more about how to raise children.

"We are having fewer children, and we are having them later. Children are thus ever precious beings. [...] A status symbol, a reflection of their parents. Raising children, which is something natural and instinctive, has professionalised. We plan each second of our lives around our kids," says journalist Eva Millet.

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