As I yelled at my kids to do-what-they-were-bloody-well-told-for-a-change I wondered about whether or not kids could really be taught to behave in three days.
Three days – 72 hours – that’s what British parenting expert Kathryn Mewes has claimed is the length of time any parent can get their children to behave in.
Just 72 hours.
The length of time it takes to get to the moon.
The length of time that makes a weekend actually feel like a weekend.
The length of time it takes to make a pair of Bruno Magli shoes.
The length of time sperm can survive trying to find that little egg.
72 hours to immaculately behaved children.
Who could resist that?
72 hours to immaculately behaved children. Image via IStock.
Kathryn Mewes, who hosts a British TV show The Three Day Nanny, and is a mother of one, has shared her formula to transform your ogres into angels.
Her show on British TV is now in its third series. She enters a family home and in three days promises to transform unruly children.
She says that maternal instinct is "a load of rhubarb".
"What if your instincts don't work on your particular child?"
Instead she offers a sure fire recipe for well behaved kids that she says, will work on any child.
Kathryn Mewes says focus on the positives. Via Facebook.
Focus on the positives.
She says we need to focus on the positives, saying parents are often “stuck in a negative spiral.”
“They're only seeing the bad stuff and have lost sight of all the good things” she told The Mirror.
In one episode of her show she visits a young family with toddlers, aged two and three, who are always fighting. She suggests that the parents are a little too tough and dad Chris sends the boys to the “naughty corner” for any form of disobedience.
“Telling children off for not getting off the chair when you ask them to shouldn't be your automatic response,” Kathryn tells them in the show.
Kathryn tells ITV's This Morning what has changed since she became a mother. Post continues after video..
Have a shout spot.
In a piece of parenting advice that will leave shopkeepers and café owners alarmed Kathryn says that tantrums are okay.
Yes really. She advises parents to have a “space in the house where anyone is allowed to shout if they wish.”
And she doesn’t mean your whole home.
“There are two types of family,” Kathryn says in her show “The sulkers, who need to think about it, and the tantrums, who want to shout about it.