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in telling DS age 3 the 9 o'clock horses are coming

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Chasdingle Fri 03-Jan-14 22:14:26

Went down the pub tonite, its a family pub and DS didn't want to leave as was playing with his mates who are all older (when i say older i mean 5 and 7 years old), so told DS we had to get home as the nine o'clock horses were coming!!!

trashcanjunkie Fri 03-Jan-14 22:18:46

I fundamentally disagree with this kind of parenting.

How about 'we're going now'


WorraLiberty Fri 03-Jan-14 22:20:47

I've never heard of the nine o'clock horses?

Unless you claimed they were going to stampede and crush him to death, YWNBU grin

AimeeDubucqdeRivery Fri 03-Jan-14 22:21:13


PeazlyPops Fri 03-Jan-14 22:21:48


SPsWantsCliffInHerStocking Fri 03-Jan-14 22:21:55

What's the 9 o'clock horses?

SavoyCabbage Fri 03-Jan-14 22:22:17

Yabu if you are telling him a load of rubbish so you never have to be the bad guy. I've never heard of it though so that might not be what you were telling him.

DaftSkunk Fri 03-Jan-14 22:23:56

What are the nine o'clock horses? confused

trashcanjunkie Fri 03-Jan-14 22:24:41

worra!! shock

trashcanjunkie Fri 03-Jan-14 22:25:02

sniggers fgrin

Passmethecrisps Fri 03-Jan-14 22:26:06

Never heard of it.

I think I get what you mean though.

I have no massive issue with this but what I despise is

"You better behave or the man will come to tell you off" pointing at a shop assistant, waitress or similar this ensuring that the parent never needs to be the one 'in the wrong'

In the grand scheme of things, this is not the end of the world but why could you not have said "c'mon, time to go!"?

revivingsnowshower Fri 03-Jan-14 22:26:12

I'm glad others don't know what the nine o clock horses are either. Come on OP explain yourself.

Sadoldbag Fri 03-Jan-14 22:27:37

Sorry you need to grow a pair

Tell your child it's time for bed and your going home

I also don't like that kind of parenting and also parents who sneak out when leaving there child some were instead of just telling them I am going to x and coming back at y

Chasdingle Fri 03-Jan-14 22:28:47

i have no idea but my mum always said we had to be in by nine o'clock otherwise the nine o'clock horses would come!! i'm not mentally scared (i don't think)

steff13 Fri 03-Jan-14 22:29:38

I googled 9 o'clock horses, and they seem scary, with sharp teeth. Is that what you told him?

WorraLiberty Fri 03-Jan-14 22:30:45

It's a nine o'clock ASBO round our way...

Chasdingle Fri 03-Jan-14 22:30:50

nope i just said nine o'clock horses will be coming and its like he just knew, almost like some imbuilt thing

Passmethecrisps Fri 03-Jan-14 22:32:18

I am sure it is no more mentally damaging than telling a child that you will tell Santa if they misbehave. I can't imagine OP sat her son down and described thestral type creatures and a scared the living shit out of him.

sadlonelyandconfused Fri 03-Jan-14 22:32:41

So it is a threat then...

Passmethecrisps Fri 03-Jan-14 22:33:03

grin worra

And round our way that would be the alarm to shimmy down the drain pipe and get off to some fun

PatriciaHolm Fri 03-Jan-14 22:34:12

Why? Surely just say, 5 mins warning, we are leaving then. No need to scare him with a phantom bogeyman.

GlaikitInAPearTree Fri 03-Jan-14 22:34:16

He was probably expecting to find Shergar in his bed.

It will never work again! smile

BuffyxSummers Fri 03-Jan-14 22:34:19

Why can't you just say it's time to go?

Back2Basics Fri 03-Jan-14 22:35:12

Am I the only one who thought this was quite funny?

People do this all the time, father bloody christmas helloooo grin

I so tell my dc to be quiet and sit or whatever on the bus before the bus driver tells them off. Its not because he has more authority then me its because there are rules for everyone on the bus and the bus driver would tell me off if I was breaking them to. So when ds used to be a little spirited shall we say wink I would say sit down, he would say why and I would say its the bus rules and if you don't listen the bus driver will tell you to get off. I don't see the problem and he isn't damaged for life or unable to do as I say now hes older.

Chasdingle Fri 03-Jan-14 22:35:18

sadlonelyandconfused> strangely enough his dad works on abbey lane right next to abbey pumping station so maybe its a leicester thing!! (we live out in the county)

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