Before I had kids I never understood...

(135 Posts)
ellesabe Fri 31-May-13 10:28:20

...why it always took so bloody long for a family of four to get in/out of the car.

Surely you just put the kids in their seats and click the buckle in. Right?


Any more?

Kyrptonite Fri 31-May-13 10:30:15

How difficult doing a food shop is. Throw them in the trolley, give them a handful of grapes to nibble on (grin) and hey presto.

Wrong. So very wrong and naive.

Sparklingbrook Fri 31-May-13 10:30:26

Why people let their children eat in the supermarket before paying.
Why parents pushed the stroller and carried the baby.
Why parents would have the baby in bed with them.

Ilikethebreeze Fri 31-May-13 10:32:28

How much stuff and time it takes to transport a baby and/or young child anywherreeee.

Sparklingbrook Fri 31-May-13 10:33:32

Why Mums of newborn babies couldn't leave the house before midday.

ellesabe Fri 31-May-13 10:36:27

Or why toddlers must have lunch at 12:00. On the dot.

Surely they can just wait for half an hour.

Lioninthesun Fri 31-May-13 10:37:08

What tiredness really was.

LadyFlumpalot Fri 31-May-13 10:39:41

The true meaning of unconditional mother love.

(Soppy pregnant lady emoticon)

flatmum Fri 31-May-13 10:42:58

Lol at the lunchtimes.

My 2y old goes to nursery where mealtimes are quite regimented. On days when he is at home he marches into whatever room we are in at 12:01 on the dot and says "I need my lunchtime"

The definition of groomed becomes clean teeth and hair and face that has been washed for mummy. Days of waxing, nail varnish and bit of make up to 'feel good' are loooooonnnggg gone. sometimes I even forget to put deodorant on

noblegiraffe Fri 31-May-13 10:45:13

Why anyone would go to somewhere obviously shite like Peppa Pig World.
Because you like seeing your children happy, and they have no taste.

PogoBob Fri 31-May-13 10:45:25

that popping into some shops to pick a couple of things becomes a military operation!

Fairylea Fri 31-May-13 10:46:26

smile at the lunchtime ... so familiar here smile

Sparklingbrook Fri 31-May-13 10:46:58

Year 9 Maths. But I still don't. grin

Tigresswoods Fri 31-May-13 10:49:33

Why some one EBFing couldn't leave their baby. I was chief bridesmaid at my best friend's hen do & we were incredulous as to why one girl couldn't make it. Her baby was 4 weeks old FFS. Surely she needed a night off by now?!?

How naive I was.

PenelopeLane Fri 31-May-13 10:53:18

That you don't necessarily want to be away from your DCs overnight, especially when they're young. Before I thought it was something any sane parent would want as soon as they can, but find I don't want to now.

notso Fri 31-May-13 11:14:37

YY to pushing the pram and carrying the baby.

I used to think when I had a teenager I would be a cool Mum who never said no to anything hmm

Until I had DC3 I wondered why any parent with a screamer/tantrummer put up with that kind of behaviour, they obviously weren't skilled in the arts of parenting like me.
Oh how the judgee has become the judged!

Sparklingbrook Fri 31-May-13 11:17:38

notso i used to think 'PUT THE BABY IN THE PRAM YOU NUMPTY!' How little I knew.

LegoAcupuncture Fri 31-May-13 11:19:09

Why anyone would leave their baby/toddler crying while they were shopping. Surely you can just pop a dummy in and make them sleep?

GoblinGranny Fri 31-May-13 11:21:48

Why children came to school without their homework, lunchbox, PE kit, or with a slightly grubby shirt, with unnamed clothing.
Why their parents didn't hear them read, allowed them to have crap toys and weird crap in their lunchboxes. Why parents would sit in a playground ignoring their children.
Why a parent would wear something with porridge or toothpaste or unidentifiable gloop on it.
Why they weren't making every second of their child's existence into an Enriching Educational Life Experience.
Ha! grin

notso Fri 31-May-13 11:24:55

Me too Sparkling I used to think they were loons grin

I also used to think why are they pushing that large child when he/she is old enough to walk.
Fast forward to DC2 who was massive,4-5 clothes aged just 3 and lazy!

LoganMummy Fri 31-May-13 11:30:39

Agree with all of these!

Never understood why parents couldn't be on time. Oh dear.

Primrose123 Fri 31-May-13 11:32:17

How wonderful it is to get a good night's sleep. And how terrible you feel when you don't get any sleep.

xmarksaspot Fri 31-May-13 11:45:01

Way patents couldn't wipe their child's spotty noses shock

xmarksaspot Fri 31-May-13 11:45:43

or snotty even grin

BalloonSlayer Fri 31-May-13 11:56:02

Why parents lifted up their babies and smelled their bums.

Why parents made such a fuss about their DCs having sweets (am aghast at how much crap my DCs can eat if I don't limit it)

enormouse Fri 31-May-13 11:56:50

Parents who haven't bothered to put socks on their kids. I mean how hard is it to stick their socks back on and the poor things feet must be freezing.
[Judgey face/slight cats bum mouth emoticon]

Fast forward to DS who hates socks and shoes and will take them off as I put them on and is now too big for sock-ons. I've lost track of how many socks I've lost in asda/at grannys/round the shops.

BalloonSlayer Fri 31-May-13 11:59:21

Why parents sent DCs to school in trousers that are too short (they can suddenly grow overnight and the trousers were fine the day before)

Why parents send DCs to school with no coats (he has left TWO coats at school, I am not buying a third for it to be left at school as well, he can bloody well get cold on the way to school and hopefully that'll remind him to LOOK for a coat when he sodding well gets there)

Ditto raincoat

Ditto PE kit

Ditto character lunchbox and lunch in a plastic bag.

Why it takes months to organise a meal out of an evening when you're a parent.

Why you don't have any money (spent on childcare)

Why parents go on about their kids. It's because we're too tired to think of anything else witty to say.

Why you must leave work at 5pm.

cupcake78 Fri 31-May-13 12:06:35

Why parents would go out with snail trails on their clothes. Surely you'd get changed before you go out.

Little did I realise you can get changed every hour on the hour and your still covered from top to toe grin

GoblinGranny Fri 31-May-13 12:08:17

'Why parents lifted up their babies and smelled their bums.'

I used to worry that DD would think that's what you did instead of a handshake. That she'd go round sniffing random babybums. grin

cupcake78 Fri 31-May-13 12:10:55

My dsis (no children) still thinks pregnant ladies just make a fuss and should get on with it! Crying baby's are the fault of the parents and naughty toddlers just need a firm hand. Hahahahaha. When she has other people's children they behave winkgringringrin.

Me and my other sister can't wait for her to get pregnant. We're both just going to sit back and watch.

noisytoys Fri 31-May-13 12:15:20

Why small children never wear clothes that fit. They are always too big or too small. I now realise babies and toddlers clothes are bought with growing room then fit properly for about half an hour before they are too small grin

spiderlight Fri 31-May-13 12:17:49

Why parents don't teach their kids to play quietly when they're on the phone.

Why mums had to breastfeed in public, could they not just wait until they got home? I thought babies were only fed every four hours...

Jojobump1986 Fri 31-May-13 12:43:27

Why SAHMs would send their children to nursery - surely they should want to spend time with their own children?! I still don't plan on sending mine, but I totally get why people do!

Why my DSis couldn't just let DNiece (5) stay with us for a couple of days without ringing several times to check on her. Did she not trust us?! DS has recently spent 24 hours with my parents, during which I was in regular text-contact with DMum & a whole weekend with DPILs which was agony because I wasn't in contact with them at all. DH rang them once just to check pick-up arrangements. DS was fine & had a great time!

MadameOvary Fri 31-May-13 12:51:41

Why parents didn't just take their squawking, screaming progeny home rather than deafen everyone within earshot. So inconsiderate.

How little I knew.

NeedsAHome Fri 31-May-13 12:54:39

How someone could kiss their snotty/vomit spattered child.

SimoneDeBeaver Fri 31-May-13 12:57:22

Why on earth anyone would bring a baby on a long-haul flight. And FFS, can't they just feed it to shut it up? This is like my honeymoon flight, innit.

Now I have 3 siblings living abroad and dcs have a dozen cousins they wouldn't otherwise see grin

BlueberryHill Fri 31-May-13 12:58:56

Why don't parents just tell their children to eat their vegetables. That is was I was going to do with mine, and they would do it because they are well behaved.

I now liquidise tomato sauces with vegetables so that they do eat them.

BalloonSlayer Fri 31-May-13 13:09:23

Why parents think it's cute to let their DCs answer the phone and therefore force their friends to attempt to have a jolly conversation with a silent child for 5 minutes before finally taking pity and letting them speak to who they rang for.

Oh, sorry that's something I STILL don't understand! Never let my buggers anywhere near the phone, I have never got over the "DC wants to talk to you..." sinking feeling.

MadameOvary Fri 31-May-13 13:41:47

Why my friends kitchen floors were all so grubby. Surely a quick vacuum would get rid of all the crumbs/dustbunnies/suspect crusty-looking detritus? And surely with kids you needed to keep the place spotless so they didn't pick up germs etc.???

<bitter laugh>

Sparklingbrook Fri 31-May-13 13:43:39

Oh yes Madame. My friend's house was awful, fingerprints all over the telly and up the patio door. How disgusting I thought. blush

A clean tv screen and clean patio doors are like a blank canvas for ds1. Although I was shocked at how tall he is now from the height of his kiss/saliva/dribble marks on the bedroom mirror smile

matana Fri 31-May-13 13:52:37

Why parents couldn't wait for a night out without the DC.... and then when they eventually got a night out, spent the whole night talking about them anyway!

ellesabe Fri 31-May-13 13:54:28

YES to the phone thing!

And why did parents always make their snotty-nosed children give everyone in the room a goodnight kiss?

eggybrokenoff Fri 31-May-13 13:54:54

the true meaning or tiredness. even now when childless friends say oh im so tired i think - you're so not. not at all. and if you are, you can lie in on saturday rather than counting down the minutes til cbeebies starts

ShipwreckedAndComatose Fri 31-May-13 13:58:40
Accidentallyquirky Fri 31-May-13 14:08:25

Why parents doing the school run looked like shit ( I worked in a school at the time) now I'm heavily pregnant and have the school run for dd - I generally look like a young bag lady and tbh I couldn't care less, the fact I'm not still in pjs is, in itself a huge accomplishment lol

Frogstomp2299 Fri 31-May-13 14:32:01

The immense love u feel for this little person and how funny a toddler can actually be, but the lack of sleep really is a killer and sometimes the little beings fool you into thinking that they're finally sleeping through and it goes back to square one!!! And everything takes twice as long even if ur just popping to the corner shop!

GoblinGranny Fri 31-May-13 14:36:35

'The immense love u feel for this little person'

Ohh, I'd forgotten that, it was so long ago. I mean I love my two immensely still, but when they were small, I was caught unawares by the sheer ferocity I could summon in the blink of an eye if I thought they were in danger.
And the strength.
Goblin the Disemboweller! grin

mummy2benji Fri 31-May-13 19:51:04

Why mums dragging round whiny tantrumming children in supermarkets seemed to do nothing to shut them up - and how could they ignore the poor heartbroken neglected little thing?? Now I understand they have simply lost the will to live, couldn't summon the energy to lick a postage stamp never mind control a small wild person kicking off, and sometimes tantrums are just best ignored anyway. Now I am that mum being judged for ignoring ds1 trailing after me down the aisle wailing - because he wasn't allowed to buy a two foot long Lightning McQueen.

Oh and yes to the fierce protective instincts and unconditional love you feel for the little terrors darling little things - I have never considered myself particularly brave and probably not brave enough to step in to help someone being mugged or leap into the road to rescue someone about to be hit by a car, but I would be the first to jump under a bus or offer up a kidney if needed for my kids.

I never understood how much I could love my baby, and really not care if she deprives me of sleep, ties me to the house, requires me to get my boobs out in public, screams if I try to shower or pee without her watching, and always has a meltdown the second I am about to eat a meal. I genuinely don't care about any of the downsides, I'm too busy feeling lucky that she is mine.

You may all be sick now.... grin

Sprite21 Fri 31-May-13 20:09:47

Why bedtime was such a big deal. Just put the baby in the bed and voila. Job done.

IsThatTrue Fri 31-May-13 20:12:32

I never understood people letting their dcs out in public in 'ensembles' that were 'eclectic', shall we say. Fast fwd a few years with me 8mo pregnant pushing a buggy with dd age 23 mo, around the woods on nov 2nd while she was dressed as a pumpkin hmm

And many others already mentioned.

nohalfmeasures Fri 31-May-13 20:13:38

Leaving the house??
Watch this!!

Sparklingbrook Fri 31-May-13 20:14:19

I never understood why people would have to change DC into their jim jams to drive them home after coming round here for the evening.

Whatalotofpiffle Fri 31-May-13 20:20:12

Why parents sometimes left children to cry
Why little girls wear pink from head to toe (try getting dd into anything else some days!)

Lala29 Fri 31-May-13 21:17:36

What do stay at home mums actually do all day and why on earth are they tired?!
Someone else mentioned leaving on the dot of 5 to get home from work. I mean we all stay if necessary, why can't they?!
Any many others already mentioned. Love this thread!

mel191187 Fri 31-May-13 21:28:24

Why parents let their children run riot and couldn't stick them in a buggy. Now I've got a tantrumy 2 year old I understand lol

Guitargirl Fri 31-May-13 21:37:25

Why parents would nod distractedly and say 'hmm mm' when their children were talking. I used to think 'just LISTEN to your child' blush.

I must admit I still don't get why it takes people so long to leave the house with small children. Have never had that with either of mine. My aunt used to say that it would take her until lunchtime to leave the house with my cousin when she was a baby. Still don't get that.

debbie1412 Fri 31-May-13 21:41:00

Why would you give in to your child's demand for junk food anyway !!! Your the parent... Parent..... So so naive !

bonzo77 Fri 31-May-13 21:41:05

Why one parent sits in the back seat with a baby while the other drives on the motor way. Always thought it was some kind of misogyny.

lola88 Fri 31-May-13 22:22:06

the joy of silence

ellesabe Fri 31-May-13 22:51:28

Guitar girl no I don't understand the problem with leaving the house in the morning either but didn't want to say in case I came across as smug

I never used to understand why parents would dress their kids in tacky clothes covered in Peppa/Dora/Minnie...

bran Fri 31-May-13 22:57:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Kafri Sat 01-Jun-13 01:53:25

How mums just 'know' what to do from day 1. still not sure I know, just wing it some days and go to bed thankful he's still alive

GoodbyePorkPie Sat 01-Jun-13 02:04:48

How anyone could eat something that had been in a toddler's mouth. blush.

How anyone could understand what babies/toddlers were saying - I used to think it was amazing when a little kid said "bo!" and the mum/dad said "oh he wants a ride on the bus." Now I know the magical language!

MyShoofly Sat 01-Jun-13 02:21:34

Why my friends kitchen floors were all so grubby. Surely a quick vacuum would get rid of all the crumbs/dustbunnies/suspect crusty-looking detritus?


I didn't understand allowing kids to have toys and artwork in the living room and all over the place.....surely they should learn the whole house doesn't belong to them? hmm

lurcherlover Sat 01-Jun-13 02:51:51

Why mums of little babies moan about having no time to do housework. It's a tiny baby! It can't even walk!

Ha ha...

moreyear Sat 01-Jun-13 02:55:08

That I would actually get my toddler to vomit over me rather than all over the carpet during a vomiting bug so as to avoid cleaning the carpet for the 356th time.

Does that sound dreadful?

Notafoodbabyanymore Sat 01-Jun-13 08:04:49

How quickly they grow up. Everyone said it, and although I believed it, I didn't GET it.

Sparklingbrook Sat 01-Jun-13 08:09:53

Yes Not I recently gave birth and somehow he is 14 in a couple of weeks. shock

Stripedmum Sat 01-Jun-13 08:33:56

I understood NOTHING about life until I had a baby.

jetstar Sat 01-Jun-13 10:58:02

Great thread grin
I have too many to mention (loads mentioned here!) blush suffice to say I had NOT A CLUE before I had kids and the good thing is I am now much less judgey!

sharond101 Sat 01-Jun-13 22:09:26

The leaving the house thing, this was a real morning for me.
Baby wakens at 7am. Changed baby then fed baby bottle of expressed milk. Gave baby toys and used breast pump to express next bottle, medical reasons baby exclusively fed expressed milk. Sterilise equipment. Dress baby then dress myself. Baby projectile vomits over bed clothes, me and himself. Change babies clothes, change my clothes, change bedding. Put on makeup. Look for dog's lead. Door goes it's a parcel. Find dogs lead. Realise forgot babies jacket, go back upstairs for jacket. Loose one of babies socks, find babies sock. Phone goes DH desperate for you to email him a document. Email DH. Get pram out of garage, smell baby has pooped. Go back to change baby. Realise baby will want fed again in 15 minutes so no point in leaving now. Try again later.

Sparklingbrook Sat 01-Jun-13 22:11:34

sharon that all sounds very familiar. sad DS1 v sicky baby so I had to take a spare change of clothes for myself everywhere.

Lala29 Sat 01-Jun-13 22:23:24

Sharon, that made me laugh (sorry) because it's so familiar, thankfully mostly behind me now as have toddler. Love the fact you are still doing makeup though! Well done!

Startail Sat 01-Jun-13 22:23:52

A bit of peace in the evening.

My 15y has gone up to her room, 12y is still taking up the entire sofa.

Shodan Sat 01-Jun-13 22:52:54

I never understood, pre-kids, how you can split into two distinct people whilst in the same body.

For example, out on a walk with a small person. The Outside person is saying "Yes DS2. It's a R. Well done! Yes, that's a O. And that's an A too! Clever you. Oh yes, I see the D. No, I didn't forget the D. Yes I am a silly-billy. It says ROAD. Shall we move on? It's just, we've only walked twenty yards and it's taking rather a long time, isn't it?". The Inside person, however, is shouting "FOR GOD'S SAKE!! WE DID THIS YESTERDAY!! I NEED TO GET STUFF FROM THE SHOPS BEFORE THEY SHUT!! COME ON!! WHY DO WE HAVE TO READ THIS EVERY DAY?"

How handy it is having a dog when weaning a baby as it saves you having to clean the kitchen floor.

namechangea Sun 02-Jun-13 00:12:59

Due to all of the above I have neither the energy nor the memory skills to namecheck you all. Suffice to say I am "Yessing" to all of these (apart from the lucky 2 who can get out of the house relatively unscathed).

Brilliant posts.

I never understood why parents let their children watch so much tv, drink anything other than water or buy them tat to keep them quiet.

I too have a bitter bitter laugh.

namechangea Sun 02-Jun-13 00:18:43

Due to all of the above I have neither the energy nor the memory skills to namecheck you all. Suffice to say I am "Yessing" to all of these (apart from the lucky 2 who can get out of the house relatively unscathed).

Brilliant posts.

I never understood why parents let their children watch so much tv, drink anything other than water or buy them tat to keep them quiet.

I too have a bitter bitter laugh.

I never understood how a teenager would be embarrassed by their own parent. FFS, if you were a GOOD parent, they wouldn't care less. If you don't make any effort and are happy to make your child uncomfortable, it's your own fault.

1) I had clearly forgotten my teen years (which is crazy).

2) I say this knowing DD1 would run under a bus instead of talk to me in public, and DD2 will regularly, if I start talking, say 'so, when's AMY getting here, I mean you're HER mum.'

Great thread.

I have four children and find myself less judgemental with each one.

I didn't understand and don't still but it is how I feel how my other children have become even more precious and loveable when I have had another. More children in my experience has made each one more precious.

hayesgirl Sun 02-Jun-13 08:54:35

Why parents couldn't just tidy up as the child makes a mess instead of leaving it all til the end of the day (or in some cases not even bothering then) - little did I know that DC's can make a mess so much faster than a parent can ever hope to tidy!

Also why parents couldn't just tell their DC not to shout! I mean how hard is that?? typing whilst DS is shouting at top of lungs "mummy" just for the fun of it

hayesgirl Sun 02-Jun-13 09:01:02

Also never understood how friends could leave a nappy in the inside bin, it's disgusting .... Then I realised that unless its a nuclear poo what difference does a bit more wee in the house make!

Stripedmum Sun 02-Jun-13 10:26:37

How loud people's houses with DCs were. I used to get stressed just being in them, cartoon blaring.

Now I have two DCs the noise level is pretty constant.

Lioninthesun Sun 02-Jun-13 10:32:32

I never knew just how many (the majority of) single parents get no childcare support at all! Also what a pitiful amount the NRP pays on average for their offspring. I also naively thought teenagers would be the largest group of single parents blush

mummyTP2 Sun 02-Jun-13 21:33:01

A lot of things-
- why it takes so long to go shopping
- the importance of different nappy sizes lol
- the meaning of multitasking
- the meaning of unconditional love
- real pain! And real tiredness (my second labour was 12 days lol)
- why mums sometimes walk around talking to themselves or talk to normal adults like thier babies (used to really bug me but I do it all the time now)

beela Mon 03-Jun-13 08:40:04

My childless colleague has expressed strong opinions on almost all of the above, and takes great pleasure in advising all of us parents in the office on what we should be doing.

She is now pregnant with her first baby, I am fascinated to see how her 'brilliant' advice works out for her.

beela Mon 03-Jun-13 08:44:44

Why someone would stop in the middle of a phone conversation to talk to their DC ('so anyway, then I said to her - oh yes dd, that is a lovely picture') - why couldn't said DC see that their mother was on the phone and wait??

How a tiny baby could possibly take up so much time. I even remember uttering the phrase 'but they sleep during the day, don't they?' blush

MonstersDontCry Mon 03-Jun-13 08:52:07

'when I have kids, they won't even know what chocolate tastes like until they are at least two.'


I actually said that when I was pregnant.

Salbertina Mon 03-Jun-13 10:09:33

Why parents couldn't keep their kids quiet

Why parents were "so boring and tired all the time"

I learnt my lesson fast smile

Sleepybunny Mon 03-Jun-13 11:19:18

Agree with everything especially sharond101 you have just described my day!

Mine are very embarrassing, I'm hoping I wasn't expressing my misinformed opinions loudly.

1) why bother breast feeding when formula is so much easier.

2) breast feeding beyond 6 months is gross blush (thank you mother for instilling that one into me!)

3) your baby doesn't sleep through at 3 months? Clearly your doing something wrong.

Thankfully dd came along and put me straight grin

YoniBottsBumgina Mon 03-Jun-13 11:31:15

I love the two separate personalities one! grin

lurcherlover Mon 03-Jun-13 11:36:13

Why you would want to eat in a pub with a climbing frame etc outside. How ghastly. Children should be sat at the table learning table manners.

Yep, having kids knocked all the judgeyness out of me...

weeblueberry Mon 03-Jun-13 11:48:42

Why would you possibly use a dummy to quieten down a child? Don't you know how hard it will be to take it off them?

How can the housework pile up? Surely you do it while they're napping?

I was an arse.

thepestinthevest Mon 03-Jun-13 12:04:36

F all to be honest.

Why can't the kids be quiet? Why can't the parent stop them having tantrums? Why don't they eat what they are given? Why are they whiney? Why is their house a tip? Why are so many parents resorting to wine?

I am very sorry for all the judging I have done and it has truly come back to bite me on the bum.

I now understand:
1.True exhaustion
2. Running up your own and meeting yourself coming backwards
3. It doesn't matter if he doesn't like carrots, he likes peas and that is a small victory.
4. How far food can fly (potato cake thudding against a window), crayons, paint e.t.c.
5. How little people will have a tantrum for the most miniscule reason that I am powerless to prevent.
6. Wine
7. How Num Tums and Small Potatoes are the greatest sanity savers ever.

I could go on.

IrnBruTheNoo Mon 03-Jun-13 19:49:41

why toddlers have to eat lunch between 11.30 and 12 noon or they throw massive tantrums.

what sleep deprivation meant.

IrnBruTheNoo Mon 03-Jun-13 19:51:50

I thought I had it all sussed before having children too. I was super smug.
Then I had children of my smugness bit me hard on the backside.

TallulahBetty Mon 03-Jun-13 20:06:58

...that it surely can't be THAT difficult to shut a crying/tantrumming toddler up, right?!


Notsoyummymummy1 Tue 04-Jun-13 11:00:59

That dummies are a girl's best friend. Closely followed by Google.

Notsoyummymummy1 Tue 04-Jun-13 11:02:27

That it is possible to think about someone else 2,000,000 times a day

PenelopeLane Tue 04-Jun-13 11:13:09

I used to judge parents whose toddlers had snot coming out of their noses all of the time. Until I had DS (1.8) whose nose constantly runs meaning that I am fighting a constant battle with snot and losing.

A childless colleague recently asked me if I realised that my son's nose was running and was I too busy to clean it. My first thought was "but it's fine, that's just a little bit of booger" (as it was in relative terms), and my second thought the realisation that this was karma for my previous judgy thoughts

GaryBuseysTeeth Tue 04-Jun-13 11:13:31

Parents who got emotional at stuff on tv/in the news involving children.
Even a bloody home makeover show where they do a kids room has me blubbing at their happy, surprised face.

PenelopeLane Tue 04-Jun-13 11:15:44

Gary I have that too with a news. I wasn't blase before and these stories made me a little sad, but now when I read a story or see something about something sinister happening to a child - especially at the hands of someone else - I feel a deep deep anger that I never had before.

JoJoCK Tue 04-Jun-13 11:16:23

Love this thread. Yesterday I took DS out in the sling whilst pushing the empty pram - ever hopeful that one day he will go into the pram without screaming the house down, who knew that all babies didn't love being in their prams!

Fuzzymum1 Tue 04-Jun-13 11:26:33

That I would happily catch a liquid breastmilk poo in my hand to save the sofa needing to be cleaned when he projectile poo'd halfway through a nappy change.

GinGuzzler Tue 04-Jun-13 11:36:07

I never in my wildest dreams imagined I would be so pah to shit on my hand, wall, stair carpet, bathroom radiator, settee etc etc... Thank god he finally got the jist of potty training.

Oh and yes yes yes to so many of the others. grin

why people with children are ALWAYS late for work. Surely you just up a bit earlier !

I think I could get up at 5am and would still be yelling at DD to get her shoes on at 5 to 8

Notsoyummymummy1 Tue 04-Jun-13 12:02:24

Anyone who says they slept like a baby has never had one

mummytime Tue 04-Jun-13 12:25:27

Those of you smug about leaving the house, just wait it may hit you when they become teens, mine are far worse at leaving in the mornings now.

Dd1 used to take 20 minutes to put on a pair of socks.

Oh and real fear is when your children are at home and you've had 20 minutes peace to get on with jobs. (Sudocrem on carpets once, Vic on walls the other.)

BazilGin Tue 04-Jun-13 14:01:58

That it woud be possible to be still alive and functioning having not had a full nigh aleep for 22 months and counting...

sharond101 Tue 04-Jun-13 22:16:57

Why people walk about with raincovers on their prams when it is clearly not raining.

WouldBeHarrietVane Tue 04-Jun-13 22:27:32

Why you needed a massive bag to carry all my tat those essential baby items

Why my friend coslept with her DS - my opinions were loud and anti and I repeated this story to my mw blush still cosleeping with DS at just under 2 grin

NickyHol Thu 06-Jun-13 19:23:18

How difficult getting 2 boys up in the morning could be..

ladypop Fri 07-Jun-13 15:14:47

How you can be so tired out but actually achieved anything that day

ladypop Fri 07-Jun-13 15:15:28

.....'Not' was meant to be in there!

ToTiredToBeWitty Fri 07-Jun-13 15:17:55

GoblinGranny - I suspect dd1s very young (but brilliant!) teacher thinks all those things grin

FeckOffCup Fri 07-Jun-13 22:21:11

I don't understand the raincover one, why would you use one if it's not raining? I barely bother with it if it is actually raining, the hood of the buggy keeps most of it off unless it's lashing down and the raincover is a faff and causes DD to screech the whole time it's on.

whoopwhoopbib Sat 08-Jun-13 22:26:05

I have to say I'm also confused by the raincover. Doesn't it turn the pram/pushchair into a mini greenhouse if it is sunny and not raining?

Although I must admit it does muffle the loud screams coming from dd when she is bored of being in the pushchair grin

Lioninthesun Sat 08-Jun-13 22:39:15

I think the raincover is if you have it bundled up on top - still attached but undone and rolled up. I assume this is due to the changeable weather - showers just before bright sunshine then back to showers etc? I do this anyway. At the moment if I don't take it it is bound to tip it down!

sharond101 Sat 08-Jun-13 22:44:05

For me the raincover masks some noise and avoids distractions so DS is more likely to take a nap or wake up when we go to Asda and the self service checkout tell us to the items are the incorrect weight.

helebear Sat 08-Jun-13 22:51:08

Penelopelane I was going to say the snot thing too. PreDC I always thought 'I won't have snotty nosed kids'. Now I know it's nigh on impossible to keep them snot free at all times.

I never understood why parents were so precious about nap times/ bedtime. Couldn't they just skip the nap that day or let the kid go to bed an hour late? I know realise that it just ain't worth it!

Why parents let their toddlers go out dressed like 'that', because parents are in full control of what their DC wears and are able to drag clothes onto something flailing like a recalcitrant octopus.

Why parents don't just say 'no' to their children and that would be the end of it. I have a very persuasive 2 yo who won't take 'no' for an answer, though I was secretly delighted this week when after a long discussion she declared, "I'm not going to play with you because you said 'no'".

girliefriend Sat 08-Jun-13 23:00:32

Love this thread, have been to a bbq this afternoon were it was mostly adults who haven't yet had children.

I felt them judge me and my dd when she ran around very over excited, when she ate way too many crisps and would only eat the bun of the hotdog ('the sausage is a bit different to the Richmond ones we have at home mummy') and in a million other ways that I too would have judged pre child blush

Did inwardly smile at my friend looking at another 5yo boy who was also running around like 5yos do when she said 'What is wrong with him?!!

She will learn grin

YoniBottsBumgina Sat 08-Jun-13 23:17:52

Oh god blush I've just remembered when DS was a newborn and I was sooooo judgy of the mum next door who was constantly (to my ears) screaming and shouting at her four year old son.

Fast forward four years and I probably am that mum sad

2kidsintow Sat 08-Jun-13 23:40:37

That anyone would willingly pick up a wasp in their hand. One landed on DD1's face and I didn't think twice, just scooped up the wasp (that I would normally be backing away from hastily) and wafted it out of the window.

GetYourSocksOff Sun 09-Jun-13 22:03:37

How women could let themselves talk in such a ridiculous way to children.

Now I catch myself often sometimes and think, dear god I sound like a cbeebies presenter wannabe. And even though I'm thinking that, and the voice in my head is muttering stop, STOP it right now can you HEAR yourself, I just keep going.

(might need to post on the children affecting your mental health thread next hmm )

GetYourSocksOff Sun 09-Jun-13 22:05:51

and YES to all the judgy behaviour stuff.

No way were my kids going to mess me around, just let them try it.

hahahahahaaaaahhaha blush

SquidgyMummy Sun 09-Jun-13 22:18:13

Why you automatically hold your hands out to catch vomit

The contents of your own baby's nappy isn't disgusting and you quite often examine it to check s/he is eating ok or is that just me

Never truly understood the meaning of "relentless"

flipflopson5thavenue Tue 11-Jun-13 21:05:34

I never understood why friends with kids took so long to reply to texts. Surely you have 5 mins to spare once the kids are in bed? And surely in those 5 mins replying to MY text MUST be their number one priority??

And i used to think " my baby will never have a snotty nose". ahem...

Although to be honest i still find myself being judgy about future stages, as DS is only 11 mo. Stuff like "he certainly wont be having chocolate or junk food til he's x yrs old etc". I guess i should learn from experience!,

BigDomsWife Fri 14-Jun-13 12:48:54

Why Mums 'let themselves go' after they had children. Why do they put on weight, have flabby tummies & such shabby hair when they could look so gorgeous? I'll never let myself go just because I have children I used to think

Ha ha. Here I am 2 stone heaver, looking 5 months pregnant unkempt and shabby everything. That reminds me I need to shower and get dressed. . .

mamij Fri 14-Jun-13 13:11:37

Loving this thread! Agree with all the above posts!

Also, why do mums sing to their children in public i.e. in the supermarket, pushing a buggy on the street, in the park.

Why would you let your children play in the bath for an hour? Surely it's easier to do it quickly as possible?

Now I am both these mums.

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