Being a Good Mum.

I have, from time to time, written on this blog about being a bad Mum.

It’s true that we rarely eat breakfast at the table, preferring to bolt something down in the car. We don’t do homework. I don’t iron. In fact, the first time Flea saw an ironing board at my brother’s house, she gasped, in tones of wonder: “Uncle Jim, what is THAT?” 

But today I think maybe, just maybe, we’re doing okay.

Flea’s taken to writing stories and diaries recently. She’s decided she’d like to be an author or a screenwriter when she grows up (she told me last night her favourite thing about The Muppets movie was that it ‘breaks the fourth wall’).

Anyway, this morning I found “The Story of My Life, by Flea” on the dining table when I came home from the school run.

The story of Flea’s life includes vivid descriptions of our trips to Germany and New York, her most recent sleepover, the jumping game at Stagecoach this weekend, and this – possibly the best closing line to a story EVER:


In case you’re not able to decipher 6-year-old writing, Flea’s life story ends with:

“Life is great. I love everything about it. But still there are more surprises to come.” 

So, yeah, my child might be a bit late, and just a bit crumpled. She may sometimes have toast crumbs down the front of her blazer. But she’s basically just really happy. How cool is that?


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. 6th March 2012 / 9:12 am

    That’s fab, Sally – you don’t need to ask for any more.

    • 6th March 2012 / 9:30 am

      I know, it made me smile.

  2. 6th March 2012 / 9:13 am

    That is wonderful, indeed. Can we swap? I usually get ‘poo poo’ and ‘I hate you and Daddy and Eleanor and Wesley and I everyone in the world’. Right. I think I’m going to ban breakfast and homework (don’t iron so I have a head start there) and book a trip to New York. Do you think that will work?

    • 6th March 2012 / 9:30 am

      Oh dear. I would certainly try that, even if it doesn’t work, you’ll be happier.

  3. 6th March 2012 / 9:14 am

    that is awesome!

    • 6th March 2012 / 9:30 am

      Isn’t it?

  4. 6th March 2012 / 9:15 am

    Oh love… and more surprises to come!!! Clearly you are doing a great job!!!

    • 6th March 2012 / 9:30 am

      Well, I got very lucky with Flea, I must admit!

  5. 6th March 2012 / 9:15 am

    I’m so impressed by that, there’s literally no better gift as a mother than hearing something like that. It also makes me feel better that I rarely iron either!

    • 6th March 2012 / 9:31 am

      It’s just the best feeling to think your kids are happy, isn’t it?

    • 6th March 2012 / 9:31 am

      Well, I’m not sure I’d go THAT far 😉

  6. 6th March 2012 / 9:16 am

    That is super cool – and who says the odd crumb and being crumpled makes a bad mother???

    • 6th March 2012 / 9:31 am

      Fair point.

  7. 6th March 2012 / 9:17 am

    That’s brilliant. I’d be well chuffed with that!

  8. 6th March 2012 / 9:18 am

    Read words are lovely so powerful so sweet. x

    • 6th March 2012 / 9:31 am

      Thanks Claire.

  9. 6th March 2012 / 9:28 am

    She is a keeper that girl. Love the new look too, very clean

    • 6th March 2012 / 9:32 am

      She certainly is – and thanks!

  10. 6th March 2012 / 9:45 am

    Made me cry ! Obviously being an evil overlord is the way forward as an example to us all.

    Wonderful post Sally, you are doing a great job. (Now all you need is twins) Minion smiles and evil smile xx
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    • 6th March 2012 / 5:26 pm

      Thanks, minion.

  11. becky
    6th March 2012 / 9:59 am

    well that is just fab!

  12. 6th March 2012 / 10:04 am

    Oh. I bet even YOU welled up a le-e-e-tle bit. How amazing is that?
    Make sure you ave that stashed somewhere ve-e-ry safe and special. You’ll need it for daily reading in approximately 7 years time…

    • 6th March 2012 / 5:26 pm

      Perhaps just a tiny bit…

  13. 6th March 2012 / 10:23 am

    I love that and your daughter does sound pretty amazing! I would put myself at the same place as you in terms of mothering (I have a very similar story of my 8 year old son seeing someone iron) but also realise I’ve not done a bad job of dragging him up!
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    • 6th March 2012 / 5:27 pm

      Indeed, it’s nice to be able to see they’re doing okay despite the dodgy parenting, I think.

  14. 6th March 2012 / 10:32 am

    WOW, what an awesome diary… And has clearly inherited a gift for writing, you’ll let us know when her first novel is published, won’t you?

    • 6th March 2012 / 5:27 pm

      Ha! the girl does love a good story.

    • 6th March 2012 / 5:27 pm

      Why thankyou kindly!

  15. susie@newdaynewlesson
    6th March 2012 / 1:29 pm

    Love the new look and this post made me want to give you a big big hug! 🙂

    And why can I still not subscribe to comments on this new lovely looking blog??? 🙂

    • 6th March 2012 / 5:28 pm

      I’m still tinkering, need to sort out the feeds this week, I think.

      • susie@newdaynewlesson
        7th March 2012 / 9:40 pm

        Hmmm, no acknowledgement of the “made me want to give you a big hug” part.

        *Wonder why?* 🙂

    • 6th March 2012 / 5:28 pm

      It’s great isn’t it – I suspect all of us just want to think our children are happy.

  16. 6th March 2012 / 5:49 pm

    Wow-you are a good Mum, a great Mum in fact. I am a screenwriter and was impressed with the Muppets breaking of the fourth wall. If Flea needs a job I can point her in the right direction (

  17. jo
    6th March 2012 / 8:20 pm

    oh wow !! im so pleased for you well done ! as a simgle mum also, that would make my life if my son wrote that 🙂

    • 7th March 2012 / 8:33 pm

      The problem is that there is that we have this idea if what a good mother is. How can there be one size fits all? Sounds like you’re doing a bang up job to me.

      That finishing line is just brilliant. I think the girl needs her own blog.
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  18. 7th March 2012 / 10:12 am

    Finally able to comment on this post. I absolutely love it, and am crying just reading it. Very impressive thoughts ;)))
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  19. Rachel (@rachey320)
    9th March 2012 / 8:32 pm

    Aww a really lovely post. It sounds like you’re doing a brilliant job. I don’t think of parenting as a learning curve more like a learning vertical line!

  20. 9th March 2012 / 9:10 pm

    That is awesome. Just about the best thing you could hear from your child. It made my heart sigh.