To inwardly chuckle at this competitive parenting?

(30 Posts)

At DD's swimming class today - all the kids are roughly 2.5.

Newcomer mum says to her DD: 'come on DD, point your toes! Come on, like you do in ballet!'

hmm grin

Please tell me your recent competitive parenting stories!

changeforthebetter Tue 12-Feb-13 21:24:07

<passes mamabear wine and thanks. I hate this competitive sneering at people who are mostly just trying to do their best at the most fucking demanding job ever. As for OP, I think you may need to get one of those..... oh yes, a life grin

Fakebook Tue 12-Feb-13 21:24:18

Let's all stop talking to our children in public, because its either loud parenting or competitive parenting. Also never talk about your children/babies sleeping through/eating/walking/crawling/reading because that means you're showing off and are smug.

CHST Tue 12-Feb-13 21:36:58

I was busily looking at the children's section in a charity bookshop when I heard
"Oh let's look at the Roald Dahl books, his books are really good, or how about Dick King Smith?" I felt a child brush up against me, thinking he/she would be about the same age as my son (6) but when I turned, cue a toddler of about 18 months picking up the book he wanted. Dad..."Oh a Spot book...errr uhhhm..okay." Had to giggle to myself about that one

Turniphead1 Tue 12-Feb-13 21:37:25

My DD (4) started ballet the other day. I told her to point her toes just like at swimming. Oh how the other parents must have wondered at my extraordinary tiger mothering - choosing as I had two of the most hardcore and unusual of the preschool activities.

Groovee Tue 12-Feb-13 21:50:11

Dh was taking the children to swimming lessons when his SIL saw him one week and next week had started started turning up. One week she was a right royal PITA "*** come one get in the pool and show the other kids how to swim!"

Dh said she was bending over trying to persuade him to get into the pool that he was tempted to push her in. He had to get up and walk away and he heard the head coach muttering about her and then saying that he wasn't being professional. Dh said "At least you aren't stuck with her as a family member!" The bloke said he had wondered with their last names being the same. He did say "I wondered if she was your wife last week the way she was trying to sit on your lap!"

Confirmed what dd had told me about Auntie bitchface trying to sit on dad's knee.

She was very big on loud parenting when out and about which dh got annoyed about as her kids often got into scrapes and she would stand there saying "oh dear how will I get you out of there?"

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