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I've opened the Christmas cake and the dcs are fighting

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Hedgehog80 Sun 18-Dec-16 14:00:15

All started off so well......
Decorated the fireplace with lovely ornaments and mini snow covered trees, hoovered round the tree and sat where I could see the only tidy bit of the house.
Dcs wanted to watch a Christmas film.....

Half an hour later and i seem to be in some kind of evil tinsel and scream filled parallel Christmas universe....
Ds1 can't get his mini tree looking just right so is having a meltdown, ds2 is whinging because his help is not appreciated and dd2 accidentally got glitter in ds1's eye so now he's screaming more.
The front room is now a shit too with bags of decorations emptied out everywhere and ds1 has left it and is playing on the iPad

I'm hiding in the kitchen. I've opened the Tesco finest Christmas cake and am having a huge piece for lunch. My perfect little bit of the house is ruined, I really had one of those "if i took a photo of this small portion of my house with the clean carpet, nice tree and fireplace and put it up then people would think I had a perfect house" moments.
Rant over !

insan1tyscartching Sun 18-Dec-16 14:58:25

Get back in there, lay down the law, remove the ipad, turn off the TV and tell them there is nothing happening until they have cleared up all the mess and hoovered the rest of the room. Sit with your cake and bark any instructions as required.Then when they are finished have a chat about your expectations for their behaviour during the holiday season and what consequences there will be if they don't meet them. Get tough, don't hide away that's why they think they can behave as they have been doing.

NotStoppedAllDay Sun 18-Dec-16 15:20:25

Sorry but why did you let them? Surely you saw what they were doing and could've intervened

Artandco Sun 18-Dec-16 15:23:00

Yes I would also remove iPad and get them to tidy up the mess

Hedgehog80 Sun 18-Dec-16 15:52:19

I was popping in and out of the room as had to keep going to see to dd1 and was trying to tidy up as well!
The mess seemed to be over time and it was ok or would have been if ds had tidied it up at the time but he suddenly got v v upset
He has now tidied and used the lightweight Hoover

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