Sounds simple advice doesn’t it? But in reality parenting on a daily basis causes mums and dads across the world to hold their hands up in exasperation. On some days it’s easy to feel like you’re sinking in quicksand and no matter what you say to your child it seems to go in one ear and out the other.
My temper is short and Roo and I clash. We always have. Even when I was married there used to be times when I would despair at how I was supposed to control my temper whilst disciplining my child. Saturday morning was a morning of exasperation and door slamming. Roo was tired after her exertions at Legoland and began throwing a tantrum because I’d told her that a pirate costume she wanted was out of stock. It’s easy to forget that she is only five and a half sometimes as a barrage of hurtful words rolled out of her mouth. From things such as “I don’t want you as my mum” to “you’re stupid and know nothing and that’s why daddy doesn’t want you” whilst they may be words that have no context in her world they are still words that hurt.