Just another moment of parenting brilliance…

So there we were in the car, heading to my parents' for a family dinner. 

We were playing a silly word game, the one where you have to come up with a word that starts with the last letter of the previous word. Hey, I'm nothing if not about providing my child with abundent educational opportunities through play.

It went a bit like this: 

Me: Car (I have such a great imagination, don't I?) 

Flea: Ratatouille (I presume she means the movie, not the food) 

Me: Elephant (getting a bit bored already)

Flea: Tremendous (I think this is Flea's favourite word in the world) 

Me: Soul (half an ear on the radio, mind beginning to wander…) 

Flea: Lesson 

Me: Necrophilia!  

Akward pause.

No, I don't know which dark recess of my mind that came from, either. Obviously, though, I dealt with it in my usual textbook positive parenting manner: 

Flea: Mummy, what's neck filler?

Me: Oh, look at that squirrel! 

I must confess, "Oh, look at that squirrel" is basically my standard response to any difficult parenting moment. Try it yourself – it works in pretty much any situation. Squirrels are fast and small, so if it just so happens that there isn't a squirrel nearby it should be followed up with, "In that tree, there, can you see him? Oh, he must have run away."



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. 9th January 2012 / 12:39 pm

    HA! I am sitting at work eating my lunch reading this post – nearly had to spit out my food and laugh out loud! Very funny… and thanks for the squirrel tip 😉

  2. TheBoyandMe
    9th January 2012 / 8:34 pm

    I’ll remember that for the future. Classic work missus.

  3. 9th January 2012 / 8:47 pm

    Erm….where did that come from, psychologists would have a field day!

  4. susie@newdaynewlesson
    9th January 2012 / 9:29 pm

    LOL-only problem is that in this country there are NO squirrels…

  5. 9th January 2012 / 9:56 pm

    I nearly spat out my coke onto the screen! Thank you for being such a TREMENDOUS inspiration!

  6. 10th January 2012 / 8:31 am

    Absolutely brilliant. That should be the title of your book/autobiography (fill the gap) ‘Look, there’s a Squirrel’.

  7. 10th January 2012 / 12:53 pm

    Write it down. Solid gold parenting tip, that is.

  8. 10th January 2012 / 12:53 pm

    I’m trying not to think about it too deeply.

  9. 10th January 2012 / 12:54 pm

    I try my best, in my humble way, to continue being a bit inept.

  10. 12th January 2012 / 3:06 pm

    I am making a note of the squirrel thing – sheer parenting genius