Sometimes things happen that restore your faith in life! I got up this morning to find Marcel and Charlotte had got together, without a hint of sibling rivalry, no rude insults, no lazy lying in front of the TV and made chocolate pancakes following a recipe in one of Thomas's cookbooks. Cooperating in a new adult manner, they'd made the batter (though had put a whole solid cold block of butter in it instead of melting some), and mentioned too that since they didn't know what baking powder was they'd used bicarbonate of soda! Mixing it with the electric whisk had caused batter blobs to be sprayed to all 4 corners of the kitchen and the floor was caked thick enough in maple syrup that I was actually sticking to it, but hey they were friendly, so nothing else matters as much! A parenting success?