You Raise Me Up…

Thing about having kids is, there’s always someone around who’s totally got your back.

It’s all about having someone who loves you, no matter what, and thinks you’re brilliant – even when you’re not.

Take this conversation, between me and Flea, last night on the way home from school.

Flea: Mummy, can I ask a difficult question? 

Me: Sure, go on. 

Flea: Well, I was wondering, if you wanted to get another baby because I’d really like a brother or sister. 

Now, a baby isn’t on my immediate to-do list, for all sorts of reasons. But how to explain this to my daughter in a sensitive, age appropriate way?

Me: No. Besides how do you GET a baby? 

Flea: Well, aren’t there any orphanages nearby? 

Me: Seriously? No. If you wanted me to HAVE a baby, I’d have to find a man I liked enough to have a baby with. Did Mummy and Daddy Laid an Egg teach you nothing? 

Flea: I know. Babies come from your egg tubes. But I’d quite like to have two fathers. 

Me: Well, I’ve no plans to get married again, sorry about that.  

Flea: Are you too old? 

Me: No. Not technically. 

Flea: Is it because nobody will marry you because you’re a bad cook? 

Honestly, I don’t even know where to start with THAT one. So many incorrect gender assumptions in one, small sentence.  As well as the incorrect assessment of my cooking ability. Honestly! You make one batch of cookies that get mistaken for cat sick and some people never let you forget it. Anyway, given the direction this conversation was headed I opted for my usual technique – distraction, or what I call the, “Look, there’s a squirrel!” school of parenting.

Me: Would you rather have a baby or a puppy?

Flea: A puppy!

Problem solved.




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.


    • 16th October 2013 / 11:57 am

      Awesome. I don’t think cats are going to work, I’m bringing out the big guns!

    • 16th October 2013 / 11:58 am

      No baby can compete with puppy eyes.

    • 16th October 2013 / 11:58 am

      After christmas 🙂

  1. 15th October 2013 / 8:37 pm

    Haha, we get that one a couple of times a year. At six years old though I can bluff through it a little easier
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    • 16th October 2013 / 11:58 am

      It gets harder, trust me.

  2. 15th October 2013 / 8:38 pm

    Love the distraction method of parenting. Your post made me chuckle!

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  3. Slummy single mummy
    16th October 2013 / 7:47 am

    Great post! I love the ‘Look there’s a squirrel!’ school of parenting. I often tackle difficult questions with ‘Oooh, do you fancy a Crunchie?’ That seems to work well.

    • 16th October 2013 / 11:58 am

      I like your method more. Especially if we share the Crunchie.

  4. 16th October 2013 / 8:28 am

    Brilliant! Children’s honesty can be as disarming as it is refreshing. And you are clearly a wise Mum: great deflection!
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  5. 16th October 2013 / 8:22 pm

    You can’t beat the distraction technique, I love it. Our daughter got a puppy for her 9th birthday because I didn’t want her to have a DS!
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    • 29th October 2013 / 12:58 am

      Honestly, I’d have gone for the DS.

  6. Purplemum
    18th October 2013 / 7:32 pm

    I’m also a fan of the look there’s a flying elephant school of parenting. In my house questions about future babies are answered with a short sharp no, never, never ever.

    • 29th October 2013 / 12:58 am

      Ah, bless, I always get the guilt reflex though – she’s an only child, it’s so sad… then I think about pregnancy and realise no way, no how, not ever…

  7. Nikki
    18th October 2013 / 9:29 pm

    You know what Sally? I think you’ve got this parenting malarkey down to a tea #heroworship

    • 29th October 2013 / 12:59 am

      HURRAH! *proud face*

  8. 24th October 2013 / 3:06 pm

    Ha. Hahahahahahahaha.

    Flea is always welcome here; we’ve enough (well, nearly enough) siblings to put most only kids right off after a day or two 🙂
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    • 29th October 2013 / 12:59 am

      *packs Flea’s Trunki*

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