Parenting mistakes I make, so you don’t have to.


I was on the phone to a friend last night when a little voice came from the top of the stairs.

“Mummy, there’s no tissues left in my bedroom,” called Flea, who’s been sniffing up a storm for the past three or four days.

“Well, you’ll have to improvise,” I replied.

I assumed Flea might take some tissues from the box in my room. Or some tissue from the bathroom. Maybe even a baby wipe from the basket of ‘stuff’ that's been gathering dust in her bedroom cupboard for the past couple of years.

I should know by now never to assume anything about five year old logic.

Before I could say anything else, I heard: “It’s okay, Mummy, I used your dressing gown.”

I hate kids.


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. 16th November 2010 / 7:51 pm

    If I had been drinking while reading this it would have gone all over my screen! Kids eh? >_<

  2. 16th November 2010 / 8:00 pm

    🙂 That’s too funny.

  3. 16th November 2010 / 9:01 pm

    I’d expect this type of improvisation (not sure what that says about me – I promise I don’t wipe my nose on bathrobes!) but my three year old insists on tissues even if there is really no need (or no snot). Sigh.

  4. Nikki
    16th November 2010 / 9:37 pm

    Classy LOL – where did she get that from PMSL!!!

  5. 16th November 2010 / 9:54 pm

    oh the joys of motherhood 😉 I nearly spat out my drink too!

  6. Vic
    17th November 2010 / 10:38 am

    You’ll look back and laugh. Perhaps after you’ve bought a new dressing gown.

  7. Lorraine The Party Times
    17th November 2010 / 7:01 pm

    please don’t let me read things like this while eating – seriously choking now and fighting back tears of laughter!!!

  8. 17th November 2010 / 10:35 pm

    Brilliant, you really couldn’t make these up seriously xx

  9. Livi
    18th November 2010 / 9:53 pm

    Lol! And that’ll teach you 😛

  10. 19th November 2010 / 9:35 am

    Well I suppose its better than coming up to you and hugging you then wiping said nose on tshirt (No!!)
    I think kids have little rules of their own!