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Before you decide to have children, try these 14 simple tests...

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BroccoliSpears Mon 24-Mar-08 18:29:33

Test 1
Women : To prepare for pregnancy, put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag down the front. Leave it there for 9 months.
After 9 months remove 5% of the beans.

Men: To prepare for children, go to a local chemist, tip the contents of your wallet onto the counter and tell the pharmacist to help himself.
Then go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office. Go home.
Pick up the newspaper and read it for the last time.

Test 2
Find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels and how they have allowed their children to run wild.
Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behavior.
Enjoy it. It will be the last time in your life that you will have all the answers.

Test 3
To discover how the nights will feel:
1. Walk around the living room from 5pm to 10pm carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 4 - 6kg, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly.
2. At 10pm, put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 12pm and walk the bag around the living room until 1am.
4. Set the alarm for 3am.
5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2am and make a cup of tea.
6. Go to bed at 2.45am.
7. Get up again at 3am when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs in the dark until 4am.
9. Put the alarm on for 5am. Get up when it goes off.
10. Make breakfast.
Keep this up for 5 years. LOOK CHEERFUL.

Test 4
Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems:
1. Buy a live octopus and a string bag.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that no arms hang out.
3. Time allowed for this: 5 minutes.

Test 5
Forget the BMW and buy a practical 5-door wagon.
And don't think that you can leave it out on the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that.
1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment and leave it there.
2. Get a coin. Insert it into the CD player.
3. Take a box of chocolate biscuits; mash them into the back seat.
4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Test 6
Getting ready to go out:
1. Wait
2. Go out the front door
3. Come back in again
4. Go out
5. Come back in again
6. Go out again
7. Walk down the front path
8. Walk back up it
9. Walk down it again
10. Walk very slowly down the road for five minutes.
11. Stop, inspect minutely and ask at least 6 questions about every piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue and dead insect along the way.
12. Retrace your steps
13. Scream that you have had as much as you can stand until the neighbours come out and stare at you.
14. Give up and go back into the house.
15. You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.

Test 7
Repeat everything you say at least 5 times.

Test 8
Go to the local supermarket.
Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child.
A full-grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat.
Buy your weekly groceries without letting the goat(s) out of your sight.
Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys.
Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Test 9
1. Hollow out a melon
2. Make a small hole in the side
3. Suspend the melon from the ceiling and swing it side to side
4. Now get a bowl of soggy cornflakes and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon while pretending to be an aeroplane.
5. Continue until half the cornflakes are gone.
6. Tip the rest into your lap, making sure that a lot of it falls on the floor.
7. You are now ready to feed a 12-month old child.

Test 10
Learn the names of every character from the Wiggles, Barney, Teletubbies and Disney.
Watch nothing else on television for at least 5 years.

Test 11
Can you stand the mess children make? To find out:
1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains
2. Hide a fish behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flowerbeds and then rub them on clean walls.
4. Cover the stains with crayon.
5. How does that look?

Test 12
Make a recording of someone shouting 'Mummy' repeatedly.
Important: No more than a 4 second delay between each Mummy - occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet if required.
Play this tape in your car, everywhere you go for the next 4 years.
You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Test 13
Start talking to an adult of your choice.
Have someone else continually tug on your shirt hem or shirt sleeve while playing the Mummy tape listed above.
You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

Test 14
Put on your finest work attire.
Pick a day on which you have an important meeting. Now:
1. Take a cup of cream and put 1 cup of lemon juice in it
2. Stir
3. Dump half of it on your nice silk shirt
4. Saturate a towel with the other half of the mixture
5. Attempt to clean your shirt with the same saturated towel
6. Do not change, you have no time.
7. Go directly to work

Whizzz Mon 24-Mar-08 18:32:19


peanutbear Mon 24-Mar-08 18:33:08

that made me really laugh

someone has been watching my daily habits

pickie Mon 24-Mar-08 19:00:41

very good!!

KashaSarrasin Mon 24-Mar-08 19:08:24

Too true. and grin both at the same time!

FrazzledFairyFay Mon 24-Mar-08 19:13:42

tee hee, bump

angiebaby78 Mon 24-Mar-08 19:25:22

wow !!!!!!!!!!! so true !!!!!!!!!!

Sparkler Mon 31-Mar-08 14:29:38

smile Love it!!! So true. I'm thinking about printing this off and giving it to my sister ready for when her and her partner decide to have kids - although I think they've already been put off by looking after my two! grin
I really LOL at the goats! smile

divedaisy Sat 12-Apr-08 23:58:18

That is a hoot!! I must have been blessed with a great child - cos his night time routine was fairly settled very early. I had a few 'test 3' real experiences.

'test 7' how true - I've come to hate the sound of my own voice - maybe parents should make a tape recording of everything we say!! Put that on in the mornings, insert earplugs and REEE-LAXXXXX!!!!

Also, my son generally is very clean - I haven't had experiences of stick things, but I have had crayons on the wooden floor, doors, windows - personally?? I love them! But he now knows it;s not allowed!

Anyhow - goats!!! LOL!!! Even one is like trying to round up a herd of the blighters!!

Parenthood - great, isn't it??!!

isittooearlyforgin Tue 06-May-08 21:31:19

test 2 made me laugh so much - sanctimonious old cow I was until child no. one came along!!

ChocFudgeCake Thu 08-May-08 20:44:51

Great! I can relate to the shopping with the goats.

beansprout Thu 08-May-08 20:49:26

Practice rictus grin and increasingly shrill voice.
Convince yourself that this is actually a nice tone of voice. grin

lilysmummy2007 Thu 16-Oct-08 01:23:26


LadyOfWaffleIsScaryEnough Thu 16-Oct-08 01:34:06


daydreambeliever Thu 16-Oct-08 05:55:37

Oh my god that is so funny!!!

The melon. Yup.

Itsjustafleshwound Sat 05-Sep-09 16:56:33

Deserves to be bumped ....

ShowOfHands Sat 05-Sep-09 17:16:09

Oh no.

Feel so consumed with pride and love and devotion that tears prick behind your eyes and the feeling chokes you with its intensity. See the world through new eyes where everything is more wonderful and more colourful and life is that bit more joyful. Study the simple pleasure of a tiny, sticky toddler hand pressing round your neck as you carry them to bed, fresh from the bath and so sleepy they can't hold up their head and imagine what it feels like as they whisper 'I love you' as they fall asleep in your arms.

The other 14 stand of course but by God I'm more overwhelmed by this side of things.

BerylCole Sat 05-Sep-09 17:17:34

Love it. Test 3 should be compulsory.

BigHairyLeggedSpider Tue 10-Nov-09 13:28:33


IMoveTheStarsForNoOne Tue 10-Nov-09 17:46:03

Very well done grin

sockmonkey Wed 11-Nov-09 10:24:40

Hahaha. Brilliant.

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