Children need boundaries set: the trick is enforcing these boundaries effectively. Some things are unquestionable and a definite ‘No’, but it is the day-to-day little things that are exhausting. I can find myself barking orders continually and it is so wearing and counter productive. We all need something to look forward to. February half term can be an excellent time to take a well deserved break and recharge your batteries.
When my eldest daughter was born, now 8, I had lots of ideas about how wonderfully we would bring her up. That was while I was pregnant, before I joined the real world of being a parent and realised that children do not always have the same ideas as their parents! I had though that she wouldn’t watch television, we would be too busy doing other things. In this imaginary world, I would have endless patience, never be tired and have all the time in the world to be perfect!!