My self-esteem runneth over.

The great thing about parenting is that (like all things that are hard work and ultimately thankless) it builds character by the bucket-load. 

Specifically, I think it's pretty much impossible to have an inflated head when you have a five-year-old. 

Today, Flea and I were driving home from the local water park and I was singing along to the CD.

"Mummy? Do you want to do nice singing?" asked my companion.

"I am doing," I replied.

"No, do the singing with the right notes," Flea insisted.


Still, at least that wasn't as cutting as our bedtime conversation last night. Flea's been reading a book about an island where the local wildlife is a bit scary.

"Mummy, are there bears in England?"

"No, not really. Not in the wild"

Flea looked a bit worried. "If there were bears and they escaped, would they eat us?"

"No," I reassured her. "We'd run away, wouldn't we?" 

Flea thought for a moment. 

"Actually, the the bear wouldn't eat me," she declared. 


"No. It would probably just eat you because you're fatter." 

Well, you have to admire the pragmatism. 


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. Heather in Lapland
    15th May 2011 / 5:53 pm

    nope, no room for inflated egos around kids. *tight smile* Little darlings

  2. 15th May 2011 / 5:58 pm

    We have had a conversation about canabalism today, based in the fact that chickens dont eat chickens and something similar was saif, that I would be the best meal as I am the fattest!

  3. 15th May 2011 / 6:28 pm

    You’re right – there is no honesty like a childs! I’m still smarting from being told I don’t do anything as Daddy goes to work and earns the money!

  4. 15th May 2011 / 8:32 pm

    Thank God Aaron doesn’t talk yet. I can only begin to imagine what will be said to me, and if he learns from his father it’ll be bad bad bad.
    Liska x

  5. 15th May 2011 / 9:45 pm

    I have blogged some of the charming pearls that have been served up to me in the last fortnight, especially for you 🙂
    As for Flea; when she comes running to me to be rescued from terrible mothering, she had better have learned how to be properly sycophantic 😉 😀

  6. 15th May 2011 / 10:29 pm

    *sniggers* dear god! Flea really does have the gift, doesn’t she! hehe 🙂

  7. 15th May 2011 / 11:47 pm

    *tight smile* They’re so precious, aren’t they?

  8. 15th May 2011 / 11:47 pm

    Nice. It’s a sad day when your kids don’t contemplate eating you, right?

  9. 15th May 2011 / 11:48 pm

    Arf. It’ll come – it comes to us all 😉

  10. 15th May 2011 / 11:48 pm

    Thing is, she can turn it on when needed. I do get the “Oh, Mummy, I LOVE your outfit” if I’m being a bit slow serving breakfast…

  11. 15th May 2011 / 11:49 pm

    ‘Gift’. Yeah, that’s one word for it.

  12. Vic
    16th May 2011 / 1:55 pm

    They’re little ****s aren’t they.

  13. Nikki
    16th May 2011 / 1:56 pm

    Really sorry, but that’s bloody funny. Nearly spat out my lunch laughing. She has a great future as a successful comedian!! Kids – say ias they see it but my goodness it hurts some days.
    What did you say in return?

  14. 16th May 2011 / 4:10 pm

    It’s a good job kids are cute or they wouldn’t get away with the stuff they come out with!
    While I’m here, any chance you can let me know how to tag someone in a blog post?
    Many thanks

  15. Beth
    17th May 2011 / 7:10 am

    Hiya. Kids say some wonderful stuff. In America they asked a bunch of kids about their mums. One kid was asked what he would change about his mum to which he replied ‘on the inside nothing because she is already perfect. On the outside…some sort of plastic surgery!’

  16. working london mummy
    17th May 2011 / 10:06 am

    that is so cute. A friend of mine had her son compliment her when she was wearing a new dress by saying ‘mummy you look like you are wearing a great big fan’…

  17. 17th May 2011 / 10:48 pm

    Holds head in hands I hate to think what Baba will say when he is older! xx

  18. 18th May 2011 / 10:57 pm

    Talking of cute kids ––6
    Please vote for Sonny, he’s way behind in the votes as we entered late but (and this is probably going to sound lame so I apologise in advance) one of the prizes is a car seat and we really need to get him the next size up asap but can’t afford it atm. So please vote for my prince!
    Apologies for posting a comment that isn’t really relevant but I am trying to get the link out to as many places as possible to give him a chance of winning.