We’re a few days into the lockdown and you may find that things are settling down and the routines you’re carving out for the household are working well. That is a great accomplishment and you really do deserve a pat on the back! Chances are, however, the majority of us are still feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, annoyed, disappointed and out of our depth as we’re trying to cope with the challenges of our ‘new normal’. Routines that worked so well pre-COVID-19 now seem ineffective and a waste of time. The boundaries that ensured our children behaved with at least some sense of appreciation and compassion for those around them are becoming increasingly relaxed and blurred. That is until, all of a sudden, the kids’ behaviours and emotions get so big and intolerable that we flip our lids and tighten up the rules and restrictions to the extent that would put a prison to shame! And then we feel deflated, beat ourselves up, and promise everyone – including ourselves – that we’ll do much better next time. And we may – for a short time. But then it’s back to the vicious cycle.