Magical Moments of Parenting #205

Somewhere around 3am this morning, I was woken by Flea shouting "Muuuumeeeee" at the top of her voice. She rarely wakes in the night so I tend to go to her quite quickly, assuming there's a good reason for her calling me.

Groggily, I pulled myself out of bed, muttering, "OhMyGod, it's so c-c-c-c-c-cold" and went into Flea's room.

"What is it darling?"

"Mummy? If it's the Christmas Holidays, why haven't we been on holiday yet?"

I'm sure there are lots of things I could have said that could have explained this issue to her. None of them occured to me at 3am. Instead, I said: "Go to sleep, or I will put you out with the recycling tomorrow and the bin men will make you into a cardboard box." 

I fear this response may not go down in the annals of positive parenting.


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. Liz (LivingwithKids)
    29th December 2009 / 9:02 pm

    She’s SO bright! Fabulous. Did she buy the recycling threat?

  2. Nikki
    29th December 2009 / 9:08 pm

    Great response and I expect it had the desired effect – much more so than an in-depth explanation into the festive break!
    Maybe not great parenting according to the books, but those people have rarely actually had children and know of the pain waking in the night to a small child lol.
    I say spot on – oh and incidentally, if your bin men do come, can you ask them to drop by ours – we’re overloaded since our bin collection failed to happen before Christmas due to the snow!

  3. 29th December 2009 / 9:49 pm

    We get this every holiday. We tell the mini mads that it is the teachers holidays. Alas I wish we had the pennies for the sun, sea and sitting still I am longing for

  4. 29th December 2009 / 11:38 pm

    Ace response. Did she sleep?

  5. Insomniac Mummy
    30th December 2009 / 1:40 am

    Making mental note of this response to use for future reference.

  6. Sally
    30th December 2009 / 11:03 am

    @Liz – she is frighteningly bright. And she laughed in the face of my threat, but did at least go to sleep.
    @Nikki – ah, it was an empty threat since we haven’t seen our bin men in two weeks. Sigh…
    @MadHouse – that’s probably what I *should* have said…
    @Elizabethm – yes, she did!
    @InsomniacMummy – I hope it serves you well 😉
    @Karen – thanks and very best to you and yours, as well! Hope 2010 is fab.

  7. Mummy Outnumbered
    31st December 2009 / 12:08 am

    Absolutely hilarious! Thats a definite cracker!