Whether walking down the street or watching film or T.V., we and our children are often subjected to a barrage of crude and offensive language. Some, including comedians, clearly think it’s funny to use such language for a cheap laugh and in response their audiences laugh as though it is. It’s not.

Their coarseness simply reveals their ignorance and poverty of language. Children learning it may think it’s acceptable, clever even, and may begin to adopt it.

I would want parents to avoid coarse language and to employ instead a richness of vocabulary which reveals the beauty and scope of our native language, thus encouraging their children to express themselves elegantly without the need ever to resort to profanities.

Children are subjected to so much killing in films, games, social media & on the news, that life itself is in danger of being undervalued. To counter this, whenever there is an appropriate opportunity, I draw attention to whomever I’m with, to the living things in the environment and contrast them with much of the dead, lifeless world that surrounds us, & to which so much attention is given. The dynamic development of living plants, which are vital in both senses of the word, serve as excellent examplars of this extraordinary and precious living world.