I could’ve gone two ways the other evening when my 6 year old was in meltdown central, I could’ve given in but that may have opened the floodgates to a lifetime of pain for me. As it was I went through 2 1/2 hours of whingeing, screaming, stomping and so much door slamming I honestly thought I had a teenager in the house. And do you know why this was, because I said she had to do her homework before she could watch the tele.

Yes I know she was dog tired, we’d been camping at the weekend and nobody ever sleeps well in a tent but my theory was, a lot of the time I let her off when she’s worn out, but that day I felt quite strong and I thought, no I’m sticking to my guns, she will do as she’s told, kids of got to have parameters that’s what I believe.

There was no reasoning with her, I told her so many times, look it will take you to minutes to complete it and then you can watch the telly, but she was adamant she wasn’t doing it. I stayed calm, I drew on every bit of patience I have and followed through with what I’d said until eventually with much protest she wrote two sentences, got a couple of spellings wrong through her pencil down but it was done. Phew.

I thought that was the end of it, I was wrong. So my six-year-old had finally done her homework as basically as she could, so I did put the TV on for her and after watching one episode of her favourite show Miraculous Ladybug and Cat Noir I informed her that it was bedtime, this did not go down well. Cue tears and much upset as she announced “I know I’ve missed out on telly because I was crying earlier.” Give me strength…….and a glass of wine.

Would you do anything differently? How much do you let your kids off? Do you have a routine for homework?

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