Mum of the Year. Or, you know, maybe not.

I’m thrilled to have been asked to attend the Tesco Mum of the Year awards this year – did you know you can go and nominate someone inspiring for this award over at the Tesco Magazine website up until 21 September?

Sadly, being invited as a guest means you can’t really nominate me for Mum of the Year.

Tragic, I know.


Personally, I think I’d be a brilliant Mum of the Year. For example:

  • There was that time I accidentally punched my child in the face while strapping her into a car seat. It could happen to anyone.
  • Dropping Flea at school last Friday, I had a long chat with the deputy head about her health. Getting back in the car, I realised I had a massive blob of hair conditioner on my ear, and the middle three buttons of my shirt were open. This is less than a year since I flashed the Deputy Head (who’s also our next door neighbour) from my bedroom window. Mortifying.
  • After taking Back to School photos of my child, I remembered to Photoshop the toast crumbs and Marmite off her face before sending to Grandma. A more conventional approach might have been to wipe her FACE first, but where’s the fun in that?
  • Only this morning I dropped Flea off at school and started to apologise for not completing Flea’s registration form for school clubs on time. “It’s okay,” said Flea’s new teacher. “I have a note to talk to you.” And she did. On her desk there was a Post-It note saying Flea’s Mum – remind! That kind of reputation can’t be bought, you know.
  • I once had an argument with my own child about the date of her birthday. I was wrong. I have no excuse for this.
  • I spend so much time working on a computer that Flea has assumed this is normal and now might just be the only 7 year old in England with her own Twitter account and blog. Oops.
  • I like to tell people that we have a TV free household. Which we do, in the main. What I don’t tell you is that this is probably because I have never taught Flea how to use a remote control. She’s got no idea how to turn the TV on, even if she wanted to.
  • Once we went to a glamorous celebrity event and Zoe Ball leaned down (she’s a giantess in heels) to whisper to me: “Don’t worry. My son has dirty fingernails all the time, too.”
  • Worst and most shamefully of all, I still laugh every time I look at these photos of Flea. Every. Single. Time. 


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.


  1. 12th September 2012 / 4:59 pm

    Listen, I have already faced the expense this week of a coffee-meets-expensive-technology incident. Could you add a warning to NOT read certain of your posts while drinking coffee?
    *wipes snorty milky dribble from shiny new design tablet*
    Why have I never read the Punching post before? It’s a classic. Even by your standards.

      • 13th September 2012 / 4:44 pm

        P.S: Is it very bad if you laugh out loud when The Kid manages to desperatly entangle her pigtail into broken umbrella stretcher and prances arround with umbrela attached to her hair like a screaming lunatic?
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  2. Rachael
    12th September 2012 / 5:24 pm

    Dear Sally, no-one *teaches* their child to use the remote control or switch the TV on. The little blighters just work it out and then never leave it alone. On, off, on, off, on, off, on, off, on…

  3. Nicki Cawood
    12th September 2012 / 5:59 pm

    I think you should be allowed to enter personally. If you won I would want to be there for your acceptance speech 🙂

  4. mumofthreeboys
    12th September 2012 / 6:36 pm

    That’s brilliant! 🙂 you should be Tesco Mum of The year as who wants a mum who does everything right and gets gold stars very day that’s just boring x
    Enjoy the evening

  5. Susanne@babyhuddle
    13th September 2012 / 9:38 am

    Hahahahaha1 Thank you so much for cheering me up! And also, for making ME feel like mum of the year!! Now, where is my trophy…

  6. 13th September 2012 / 1:26 pm

    ahh Sally…don’t worry I have many a clothing mishap too, it can’t be helped…
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  7. 13th September 2012 / 9:37 pm

    I had a huge argument last year with my husband over my youngest daughter’s birthdate. I was wrong and said child now keeps on reminding me of this! I could have sworn it was the 9th!

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  8. 14th September 2012 / 10:49 am

    OMG, I am seriously laughing out loud at this post (with you not at you). You are definitely mum of the year material. Never a dull moment in your house xxx
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  9. 14th September 2012 / 11:02 am

    Totally hilarious…. I’d definitely vote for you. Sam xx
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  10. 18th September 2012 / 8:16 am

    You never fail to make me feel like I’m not alone in my amazing failure to be a ‘supermum’ – not that I believe in those but they are touted as the thing to be aren’t they? Anyhow, bet the event will be quite good.
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  11. 25th September 2012 / 4:32 pm

    I rarely actually laugh out loud, especially whilst quietly reading on my network sipping my coffee, but that one has really made me smile. Thank you so much for that.

  12. 7th January 2013 / 8:09 pm

    Love this! Do you know today I was wearing an outfit so bad to do the school run, that I actually saw people stopping and pointing. I’m wearing later in the week too now 😉
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