Do you remember the Desperate Housewives episode where Lynette, frazzled and exhausted, bumps into an old work colleague as she meanders round the supermarket with her kids in tow?
– How are you enjoying motherhood?-the colleague asks.
–Best job I’ve ever had– says Lynette through gritted teeth as her toddler pokes a lollipop in her ear.
Truth is, though I’m ashamed to admit it, I totally get what she was feeling. Motherhood for me is one long monologue- or ‘mumalogue’ which neither of my children pays any attention to.
I flit from one piece of expert advice to another, trying to find the magic button that will turn my two monkeys into angels. The trouble is with so much advice out there from people claiming to know best, but actually often contradicting each other, it’s difficult to know which way to turn.
That’s why I’ve set myself a challenge:
To try out two approaches from two different time periods to discover the best way to get my kids to listen to me- and behave.
Over the next three months I’ll be following first the advice of 1940’s legend Dr Spock and then our modern day Mary Poppins, AKA Supernanny.
Wish me luck!