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TarkaLiotta Wed 23-Mar-16 16:54:00

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Marchate Wed 23-Mar-16 17:11:37

Do you have a partner or are you coping alone?

TarkaLiotta Wed 23-Mar-16 17:23:57

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Marchate Wed 23-Mar-16 18:01:34

So really, you are bearing a heavy load x

You know this anyway, but when the children are arguing, shouting, whatever, you mustn't join in. Your best defence if as near silence as you can manage. Finger to mouth, "Shhh", then whisper an instruction

Baffle them. Sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star In a very quiet voice. Put something silly on your head. Duck down behind a chair and say you are looking for a gold coin... Something mad. Tell them there's a little hamster under the carpet and they have to watch they don't scare it with noise. They can feel around for it too before it 'disappears into its nest' or whatever! Honestly, being an amateur children's entertainer is better than either joining in with the noise, or crying later

I think all of you need quiet time x

Ijustworkhere Wed 23-Mar-16 18:12:57

I feel your pain. I love my children dearly but sometimes the noise sends me into a tailspin. I notice at my DDs school they have a handmade 'noise-o-meter' on the wall which they put to red when it it's getting out of hand. DDs teacher also uses a rattle and countdowns to signal to the class to calm down. I know that's not addressing much but perhaps tricks like this would just give you time to react? In any case you're not alone!

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