Another parental trial tip today which works for both children and adults alike.

STOP USING THE WORD BUT (not the 'my butt is sore from sitting down all day but that but).

But instantly sucks power from any conversation, throws a negative spin on the sentence, and generally sucks the life out of you.

I have given a challenge to our daughters not to use the word. Usually in their role play and fantasy world, when they or their toys adopt characters, the word but seems to creep in more and more.  Then, when you start to listen to your own conversations, they too can be littered with this conditional, negative word.

Take any simple sentence with the word 'but' in ...

"The weekend is soon upon us, but it is going to rain" - how does that sound? pretty dampening (literally).

How about "The weekend is soon upon us, and it is going to rain" - same outcome, just a less negative take on it.

Literary sharpshooters will obviously find a number of errors in the change and approach of the phrase, and that is fine (I just had to delete a 'but'). The point of this is to think without the 'but' to rephrase and to re-think the way we approach things.

Those changes then may well lead into the rest of our lives, bringing greater joy, happiness and a more positive outlook.

Will it work, won't it work? Who knows?  In the meantime, we are going to have some fun with it.

Together we can bring some Serenity to your life