The Challenge!

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 ever did– 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 extremes to work out 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!


5 thoughts on “The Challenge!

  1. Hi Victoria, I have read your challenge with interest. 21st Century Boys by Sue Palmer is a different way to approach the results you want. I learnt from Sue that going to a restaurant is a bit like solitary confinement for boys. If only restaurants could make it easier for parents by fitting climbing frames up the walls and nets across the ceiling for boys, we could relatively relax while waiting for our food. Your mornings sound like a challenge and the book spurred my imagination with a rush to the car for your morning adventure to school (moving from a breakfast focus to a fun ride to school). Their latest obsession, say is dinosaurs, a building could turn into a Tyrannosaurus (as you are moving) chasing a Carnatarus and planes or birds could be the Pteranodon’s soaring above … your boys sound like fun characters! I would love to know what you think of the book.

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