This one’s a visual throwback – even though, yep, this is still a thing that happens with a talkative 8yo – just because this was so much my experience with having a younger kid. I’m pretty extroverted, but everyone reaches their limit; a kid will find yours, especially if you’re also dealing with depression (postpartum or vanilla flavor).

You gotta pace yourself. Ration that enthusiasm, because you’ll need to at least acknowledge that dolly has a new hat, even if inside your brain is the colour of a television tuned to a dead channel.