I know the secret.
I have discovered how to positively encourage good behaviour from my eldest child.
It may well still be September.
I may have already been using this technique for two weeks.
The power of Santa.
Never did I imagine the thought of disappointing Santa would have such a radical effect on a three year olds behaviour.
Fortunately for me he is naive enough to believe I have Santa's number in my mobile phone and can call him to discuss behavioural issues any hour of the day.
Fortunately for me I just have to utter the magic words 'What would Santa say.....' and angelic peace is restored.
I can only hope the magic lasts through to December.
And I can only wish it worked on my two year old.
But in the mean time I am feeling festive already.