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Before I had kids I never understood...

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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?

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.

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. . .

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!,

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"

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

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 )

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.

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

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

breatheslowly Sat 08-Jun-13 22:53:39

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'".

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!

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.

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!

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

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

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...

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.)

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

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

HaveToWearHeels Tue 04-Jun-13 11:36:57

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

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