Positive Parenting in Action

This week our home has become the House of Lurgy.

I’ve been felled by a nasty throat infection that has meant, for large portions of the last 10 days, I haven’t been able to speak.

This has been quite a blow for me, as people who know me well will understand. We’re a fairly chatty family…

On Tuesday morning, I woke up completely unable to speak. So after shaking my daughter awake,  in a loving way, I went downstairs and left her to get herself dressed.

When she eventually arrived in the dining room we were running late and Flea appeared to be unable to understand my (frankly) awe-inspiring sign language, supplemented by lots of MMmmm-MMM-hmmm noises.

So I resorted to typing what I wanted to say on the Windows Surface tablet.

Tonight I was looking for an email when I found the list of things I “said” to my beloved child between 8.25am and 8.40am on Tuesday morning.

It’s actually a little bit shocking to see the things I say to Flea in black and white. Turns out I’m a teeny, tiny bit grouchy in the mornings, especially when I’m less than fighting fit. Still, I’m sure this sort of parenting is building Flea’s character by the bucketload, right? Does everyone’s morning sound a bit like this? Please tell me it does…

Cereal or toast?

Try on the doorstep.

Pancakes take too long.

Why did it take you so long to get dressed?

40 minutes!!!

Should there be a button on that?

There’s another in the tumble drier.

You can do that in the car.

You can do that in the car.

You can do it in the car.

I’m not well enough and I don’t have time to explain.

Because it took you 40 minutes to get dressed!!

Not cross, just exasperated.

I love you too.

Is that last night’s dinner on your face?

SERIOUSLY??? Go and wash.

What form?

I haven’t seen it.

Can we stay home? I am too sick to drive.


OK then.

Can you at least clean that milk off the table before it stains?


Where are your bloody shoes????

I give up.

No. We definitely have to go to school.

I love you too. Let’s go 🙂

Did you notice where I put my keys last night?



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. Nikki
    6th February 2014 / 2:48 pm

    Gosh – never write anything down Sally – it’s a hard trail of evidence 🙂

    Hope you feel better sharpish x

    • Sally
      7th February 2014 / 10:18 pm

      I have learned my lesson.

    • Sally
      7th February 2014 / 10:18 pm

      I hate slips and forms. Why is this stuff not on my email already? That’s what I want to know.

  2. 6th February 2014 / 11:03 pm

    Only swear word before school? You did great, be proud.
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    • Sally
      7th February 2014 / 10:18 pm

      *proud face*

    • Sally
      7th February 2014 / 10:18 pm

      Excellent. My shame loves company.

    • Sally
      7th February 2014 / 10:19 pm

      Ha! good to have company 🙂

    • Sally
      7th February 2014 / 10:19 pm

      Oh, thanks, I just feel like this winter has been one infection after another, and each one seems a little worse than the last! Get well soon, lovely x

    • Sally
      7th February 2014 / 10:19 pm

      I am unfailingly polite in my inadequate parenting 🙂

  3. LearnerMother
    8th February 2014 / 9:22 am

    Ha! This sounds quite polite to me, and one good thing about writing it down means the neighbours can’t hear you yelling (oops am I revealing too much about my ‘parenting’)…

  4. Mummypinkwellies
    8th February 2014 / 6:17 pm

    I hope I never have to do this exercise. Mine would be appalling, I’m sure!!!

  5. 11th February 2014 / 12:07 pm

    This brought a lump to my throat because I can hear myself saying some of those phrases and I hate thinking that they have gone to school with that ringing in their ears. I’m sure the I love you’s count for more than the rest though… H x
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