There’s one word we dread more than any other. It begins with B and is usually swiftly followed by whining and low-level destruction. Here are three activities to whip out next time they start saying ‘I’m b-d…’ [we can’t even write it].

1 Get them to be a superhero by tying on a tea towel cape and choosing a superpower (like, vanishing upstairs, haha!).

2 Encourage them to make a pond by playing with plastic toys (ducks, frogs, boats, hippos, etc) on a piece of foil or shiny blue wrapping paper.

3 Hide a soft toy in the house and give them clues to help them find it. ‘Upstairs under a bed…’ should give you 5 minutes to yourself!

Article written by Sara Conway