You are SO embarrassing

I wasn’t ready for this.

Obviously I knew it would happen one day, maybe when Flea’s a strapping teenager obsessed with looking cool and ‘grown up’.

But not when she’s five years old. Not before she’s learned how to tie her own shoe-laces.

Sadly, the truth is – my daughter is embarrassed to be seen with me.

This isn’t universally the case, but over the past six months, we have worked out a complex, strictly non-negotiable set of rules regarding my conduct on school grounds.

I drive Flea to school (obviously, her school’s 7 miles away, which is a bit of a hike when you’re four feet tall). We are allowed to talk in the car if Flea isn’t reading. Sometimes Flea likes to hold my hand while we drive. Cute, right?

Once we arrive at school, I am required to carry Flea’s things into the school building. I must not talk or in any way indicate I am ‘with’ Flea. However, any suggestion that Flea walks into school alone is met with moist eyes and a trembling lower lip.

Inside school, I must silently accompany Flea to the cloakroom (10 feet from the front door) and wait outside while Flea hangs up her coat. Then I accompany Flea the 6 feet to her classroom door. My presence for these two seconds are vital – any suggestion of my leaving her at the cloakroom door results in the aforementioned trembling lip. 

At the classroom door, Flea ditches me like a bad date, and goes to hang out with her friends. I muster a cheery “Bye Flea, have a good day,” which is always completely ignored by my daughter. Sometimes the teacher replies for her, out of pity for me, probably.

Part of me thinks this stage – the mixture of stubborn independence combined with little girl neediness – is completely cute. The other part of me is considering running into her classroom and shouting, “MUMMY NEEDS HER SPECIAL KISSES” at my daughter tomorrow morning.

Tempting, right?

Also, in later years, when Flea is all about the black outfits and moody make-up and doesn't want to hug me in public, I have the photo above in my arsenal. Last winter? This was Flea's favourite ensemble.

I feel pretty good about my chances, frankly.


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
    29th March 2011 / 10:21 pm

    Awww, it’s not wrong, it’s our right to embarrass our children! I do insist on a kiss goodbye PMSL, just because I know I won’t get them for much longer so I’m going to stand firm and enjoy it!! 🙂 Ha!
    Love the photo – we have many similiar in our arsenal too!

  2. 29th March 2011 / 10:23 pm

    Just love it and yes keep taking the photos you know you will need them!

  3. Lucy Pask
    30th March 2011 / 2:34 pm

    Oh she is gorgeous! You are such a lovely mummy to go through that routine, she will have so much confidence when she is older thanks to you. LOVE the look, she is like a young Lady Gaga!! Definately keep the photos for teenage tantrums! My mum has a photo of me in my favourite outfit aged 7 ie a turquoise swim suit, tan cowboy boots and a Rainbow Bright bag. I’ve just asked her for the negative so I can get a copy on the wall!

  4. 30th March 2011 / 7:56 pm

    Hahahahaaa special kisses – I fear that I wouldn’t be able to refrain.. on the upside, I bake really well (and often), so I may be forgiven. I’m wondering if baked goods help in the popularity stakes.

  5. 1st April 2011 / 8:09 am

    I agree – I am entitled to embarrassing smooches in public, or at least that’s what I tell Flea.

  6. 1st April 2011 / 8:10 am

    It’s the cowboy boots that made that outfit, I bet.

  7. 1st April 2011 / 8:10 am

    I wouldn’t know about baked goods. I burn toast. Maybe that’s why I don’t get special kisses?!

  8. 1st April 2011 / 7:54 pm

    she is totally beautiful Sally.
    I smother my two in kisses everywhere when i take them to the school gate and fingers crossed it will last for ever……..