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Celebrate 30th anniversary of Five Minutes' Peace and share the little things that make being a parent amazing for a chance to win the book + a pampering hamper

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UrsulaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Feb-16 14:36:27

It's 30 years since Jill Murphy's picture book classic Five Minutes' Peace was published, and it's just as funny and accurate a portrayal of family life as when it first came out!

Time-poor mum Mrs Large just wants a few minutes of peace and quiet in her hot, foamy, ever so bubbly bubble bath, with her newspaper, a cup of tea in her favourite mug, a plate of toast and a tempting cherry-topped cupcake!

But with Lester, Laura and the baby being as bouncy and boisterous as ever, Mrs Large finds her peace to be very short-lived. In fact she manages a scant three minutes and forty-five seconds!

To celebrate the anniversary of this family favourite, Walker Books are giving five lucky Mumsnetters the chance to win a Five Minutes' Peace pamper kit, each containing a special anniversary edition of Five Minutes' Peace, plus everything you need for a relaxing soak in the tub!

Just share the little things that make being a parent amazing (in spite of never having five minutes to yourself!) and we'll enter you into a draw to win.

This discussion is sponsored by Walker Books and will close on 7th March.

Tabby33 Mon 08-Feb-16 17:07:52

My little boy gives the best cuddles and giggles an awful lot, just at those most needed moments. When he walks into our bedroom at 4am and comes up to your face saying 'Hi mummy, the sun is out' in his mega cute voice my annoyance of being disturbed melts away. Listening to him string sentences together and saying please and thank you for everything makes me a very proud mummy. Who could ask for more??

Booklover123 Mon 08-Feb-16 17:10:22

Being a parent is amazing when little chubby arms and hands of your 2year old toddler clasps you around the neck and whispers, mummy I love you! Even at 5am my heart melts!!

GetHappy Mon 08-Feb-16 17:13:21

When my 2 year old walks into the bedroom at silly o'clock and lies next to me. Kisses my head and say "mummy tired, night mommy love you" and rubs my back to help me go to sleep. Every time my heart melts a little more!!

Or when we are at the playground and a child falls my beautiful daughter always wants to pick them up and take them the "doctors". Thankfully we've never seen accident where a child needs to go to the doctors!!

Her caring nature at such a young age makes me burst with pride.

CordeliaScott Mon 08-Feb-16 17:20:54

The way that DD runs to give me a hug with a big smile on her face when I pick her up from her nan's house... Shortly before she wipes whatever she has on her hands and face all over me

Jaspencer1976 Mon 08-Feb-16 17:21:02

Just hearing 'I love you' from my 3 year old and 13 year old makes me smile x

ginsoakedgirl Mon 08-Feb-16 17:25:53

Loved snuggling up with my 2 daughters years ago to read 5 minutes peace, they are 21 and 20 now. Digging the same book out to read to their little sisters who are 6 and 3 has been equally magical. Nothing beats those snuggly times.

katiewalters Mon 08-Feb-16 17:26:58

I love it when I come home from work and my children have missed me, and come running to the door when they hear me coming in and I'm greeted with smiling faces, kisses and cuddles

pillowaddict Mon 08-Feb-16 17:28:28

I love when my dc do something they didn't think they could do, or for the first time, and how they are so proud. My 3 year old will exclaim "I did it!" and my 1 year old will just beam delightedly. The best part is they way that they will include me in their achievements, either by running to show or tell me or seeking me out, knowing that I will be delighted for them.

LizMay29 Mon 08-Feb-16 17:30:41

My baby boy is 7 months old today! On the day he was born the midwife said to us "you've got a spirited one there" and boy did we! I love how his personality shone through from the start and how i get to learn more about him every day. I love my new identity as a mama, I love how busy we are with lots of fun activities and how much I'm learning from him... patience being the main thing! When he's being particularly 'spirited' I've often told him to calm down but he's recently been poorly with croup and not himself at all and I longed for my spirited baby back... it's been a valuable reminder to appreciate him every day. Never having time for yourself is part of what makes being a parent amazing as it's because I'm his whole world at the moment... I won't be forever so this time is precious!

Zephyroux1 Mon 08-Feb-16 17:32:31

My baby boys smile when he sees me first thing in the morning

Twighlight Mon 08-Feb-16 17:49:32

My 6 year old will only kiss me, no one else and the snuggles from my 18 month old. Doesn't matter what else is going on, those moments make me ache inside with love.

Alidoll Mon 08-Feb-16 17:52:28

My daughter just turned 6...6 magical years where I've laughed harder than I never thought I could, cleaned more bottoms than I ever want to...ever, gave and received the "best hugs EVER", know the words to numerous Barbie songs and Frozen, tripped over countless toys while screaming "can you put it away" for the 3 millionth time. I've stopped nose bleeds, held vomit (trying to get to the toilet in time), kissed knees, elbows, hands, heads and everywhere in between.

I've tracked down Russian Masha dolls (before you could buy the UK version as it was "the best programme ever").

I've blown up over 300 balloons (lacerating finger once in the process - who knew these thing can rip result in paper like cuts).

I've organised birthday parties, wrapped presents, written invites and thank you letters. I've sat through tantrums, meltdowns and screaming matches. I've better diplomacy skills than the UN sorting "best friend ever" issues. I've carried scooters, bikes and cuddly toys past people without batting an eyelid.

I've been a teacher, vet, astronaut, doctor, post office attendant, bus driver and taxi driver (plus other odd jobs) but only received plastic money for the privilege.

I've made castles, bracelets, cakes and cookies - some of which went straight in the bin buy it was fun making (albeit messy).

I've checked for nits (none thankfully so far). I've read more books in the last 6 years than the previous 6...granted, many stories are about animals or princesses.

I've cried, I've hid (bathroom) and at times wondered what I ever did to deserve this!?

But looking back, I've now got a smart, funny, adorable, cute, caring and gorgeous little lady (ok I'm slightly biased). Someone to laugh with, to go shopping and when I'm old and drooling, it'll be her turn to wipe my butt!!! Mwah, ha ha!!!

barricade Mon 08-Feb-16 17:57:17

So many amazing things about being a parent. The little one's magical smile when he sees you first thing in the day. The excitement all over his face at receiving a new colourful toy. When he, without prompting, holds up one of his sweets with the intention of sharing with you.

Ultimately, just having a child in one's life is a gift that keeps giving.


hermancakedestroyer Mon 08-Feb-16 18:07:34

I love listening to cute little conversation between my ds and dd when they think I'm not listening. Waking up on Mother's Day with them sat on my bed with their beautiful hand made cards and gifts makes it all worth it flowers

coffeeisnectar Mon 08-Feb-16 18:24:36

When you are lurching through the teen years and suddenly realise your baby is going to be 18 soon and they have turned out to be kind, funny and someone you are proud of. It makes the stress and grey hairs worthwhile smile

yasmin0147 Mon 08-Feb-16 18:27:33

Everything is amazing about being a mum, but what makes me melt is when my little girl blows me kisses and gives me cuddles. Makes all the sleepless nights worth while

carz1985 Mon 08-Feb-16 18:31:17

So many amazing things about being a parent but I love when my girls come to me when I need do house work and say mummy we miss you or mummy we love you can we have a currently pregnant with my third and my 18month old loves blowing raspberries on my belly
On her brother lol.i would love to be able go to toilet on my own or not have be 2 seconds.but I wouldn't change having my kids for anything as they make Me so proud every day with way they are growing up.hopefully they will both be nice when little brother comes along in may.

Valski Mon 08-Feb-16 18:42:38

Being the only person that my girls want when they are ill or have a bad day at school.. The smile that lights up their faces makes everything worthwhile.. Then all the hard work doesn't matter..

So, just that feeling you get when your child wants you and nobody else and it is you that they want to see first when something exciting has happened.. Xx

loosechange Mon 08-Feb-16 18:44:28

The look of adoration babies give only to their mother.
An unsolicited "I love you, Mummy," or even "I yuv you, Mummy,".

angie95 Mon 08-Feb-16 18:52:05

Being a parent is the best job in the world, all the sleepless nights are worth every second. The first steps, the first tooth, when they smile your whole world smiles. I love spending time with my children, and now they are older nothing has changed

StickChildNumberTwo Mon 08-Feb-16 19:07:35

My baby boy's smiles, and cuddling up with my big girl to read stories I loved as a child.

ktmd Mon 08-Feb-16 19:22:14

The love you feel as your child is born is unlike any other. Totally overwhelming....and it just grows and grows, despite, or maybe because of, any frustrations.

diddy92 Mon 08-Feb-16 19:22:14

I'm 3 months off becoming a mam, but I'm loving every single moment of my pregnancy, especially all the kicks & hearing the heartbeat!

sassolino Mon 08-Feb-16 19:22:50

My younger son told me the other day: Mummy, I love you even more than Curious George. Now that's love. ;) My boys' laughter is the best tonic for me.

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