Christmas Top Tip No 3

"I'll let the kids help themselves to their favourite cereals so that I can get on with all the things I have to do."

At first glance this might seems sensible, but usually it's not. The fact that mom is busy invariably has children wanting more attention. On top of that many cereals are highly processed and laden with sugar - they are going to cause blood glucose levels to fluctuate wildly, and this undermines behaviour. You could end up spending large parts of your day dealing with upheaval and tantrums.

Take a few minutes to give a boiled egg on wholewheat toast, or serve some leftovers from the night before. Many kids would love spaghetti bolognaise or chicken for breakfast!

These few minutes in the morning may just save hours of frustration later.