We moved his knights today. It is not ideal but a compromise has to be reached, he does not want his baby brother to ruin his battle set ups which means that they can not be at the heart of our home. Those of you that have been reading my blog since the beginning will know that until February of this year Middle Small did not have any violent toys at all and we carefully monitored his screen viewing. Now he has a much freer reign but his sword is still a garden only toy. I am sure in the hands of other boys his age they would not cause so much damage. I remain unconvinced that this is the perfect solution but our old strategy was not working. It is broke, and we are trying to fix it. We have tried fighting fire with fire, endless hours have been spent reading up looking for ideas, at the moment I would say "damage limitation" is my approach. When I see it going wrong I try and make it go right again as soon as.
We read some more Peter and Jane today, everything I read about unschooling is through his eyes at the moment, whilst I feel he may well learn to read autonomously at some stage he knows that his big sister was reading at the age he is now and he wants to do that to. When I read about placing no limits on food I see how he struggles to ride the sugar rollercoaster and wonder which is the right way to go.