The saying you've got to be cruel to be kind is probably one of the hardest ones to actually employ on your own children. Whether it be through taking away something special of theirs as a consequence, letting your children make mistakes and hoping that they take some learning from them or giving your kids some honest, but not always pleasant, words about how their behaviour, actions, attitudes or choices have made you and/or others feel, it's never easy. Seeing your children sad is a tough gig, but actually letting them be sad, without trying to smooth things over & fight their battles for them, is even harder.
This song takes me back to primary school, in particular to Cloudland for our fancy dress ball. Simple times.