Brothers and sisters who argue and fight every time they are in the same room are sometimes doing so because they don’t know how to
Getting annoyed or reacting emotionally when a child or teenager is being difficult actually makes things worse in the long run because many youngsters will aim for any attention, even if it’s negative, and the attention of a good ‘telling off’ strengthens unwanted behaviours.
Mindfulness involves paying attention and being aware in the moment, without judging and analysing our thoughts and so not bringing our ‘baggage’ to situations. It is about accepting things as they are; not getting continuously caught up in how things ‘should’ be, worries about what might happen and concerns over past issues.
Full-time, full-on family life can be tricky, especially if unseasonable wet weather restricts outdoor activities with the children. Even during sunny spells the days in the summer school holidays can seem awfully long.