When the US Navy SEAL team are right at the beginning of their career, they go through a thing called hell week.
It’s a one-week training course, that separates those with the fitness, and mental tenacity to cut it from those that won’t make it through.
Most parents with one or two weeks off over the recently completed school holidays will have been through the parental equivalent.
Being that my wife has recently returned to fulltime employment, the onus was on me to endure Hell in the home week. Just like a new SEAL recruit, I went into it with some knowledge of what may lay ahead. A gruelling schedule full of things that would truly test my fitness and resolve.
Challenge one: The two hundred thousand I’m hungry challenge. A true stretching of mental patience, this challenge involves a rotating stream of children all announcing “I’m hungry” at different times.
For extra toughness, one will ask immediately after another has just been fed and all bread and spreads are safely back in their cupboards.