My kids are wretched first thing in the morning. Low blood sugar prior to breakfast inevitably leads to some combination of sobbing, whining and brawling, with flash points caused by disputes over who will or will not get honey drizzled on their porridge, and who will get to sit on the much coveted pink chair. The usual scene at breakfast time, involves the two kids jostling at the child gate to the kitchen, both chanting 'I want pink' with increasing hostility, whilst I hurriedly try to make the porridge before someone comes to blows or bites someones ear off. By the time the breakfast is ready it is not uncommon for one or both children to be so overcome with grief that they are unable to eat a single bite. On the very worst mornings, my solution is to invite Danny Kaye (via youTube) to breakfast. There really isn't much Danny can't fix. I defy anyone to start the morning with 'the best things happen while you're dancing' and not feel energised and ready to face just about anything. Other firm favourites include the songs from Hans Christian Anderson (particularly the ugly duckling), everything is tickety-boo and of course lullaby in ragtime. By the time breakfast is over Turi is usually tapping around the lounge swinging his best broadway arms!