Gingerbread days

Yesterday started out beautifully… good moods all round – music, gingerbread, jokes, laughing, quiet self-directed creative play etc etc. And then I made the mistake of letting Amelia – no, sorry, correction – actually suggesting to Amelia that she might like to watch an hour of tv. Maybe it’s just a coincidence and maybe it would have happened anyway, but she did and then afterwards it was MELTDOWN and TIME OUT and Amelia SHOUTING and MUM SHOUTING and Amelia SOBBING and Lily SCREECHING and Mum tearing at huge wads of her own hair in frustration and then thankfully Dad taking one of the small ones off to the park for an hour while I cooked dinner. Once more peace and happiness descended until bedtime.