This is not the post I had intended to write today. I had intended to write about some messy fun we recently had with coloured spagetti. That will keep for another time. Today I’m writing from the heart. Today I’m sharing with you how it really is. The last few days have been tough. R’s behaviour has been uncharacteristically difficult and the last two days have brought me to the brink of exhaustion and despair. I’ve been truly at my wit’s end. So how have I been handling it? In a word, badly. There is a light at the end of the tunnel however, and that’s why I’m writing this post. There are tools I use and continue to learn from every day which I want to share with you. After several days of stress and challenging behaviour, I applied a strategy today which turned everything around in an instant. An immediate resolution. I want to share with you the support system that gets me through the toughest parts of parenting and let’s face it, it IS tough. It’s exhausting. In a nutshell, it’s hard word. But the rewards! Oh, those blessed, life affirming, soul soaring, make my heart sing rewards. To be a parent is to know love and joy on a level I never thought possible. So what went so wrong lately and how did I turn it around?