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Things that dh still doesn't get after nearly six years of parenting

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emkana Tue 27-Feb-07 19:36:16

... that our dd's always ALWAYS need a five minute warning before finishing an activity they enjoy...

today dh was fed up and wanted bath time over with quickly, so he just pulled the plug out and said "right come out now"

cue mega tears...

it was so bad (and he felt so bad when he realized his mistake of not warning them) that he actually ran them a second bath

emkana Tue 27-Feb-07 19:58:38

woy are your dh's all perfect?

Kbear Tue 27-Feb-07 20:01:32

ah, they don't always know the finer points do they? Five minute warning essential IMO!!

My DH asks the kids if they're hungry, they always say no. Half an hour later, no dinner cooked, two starving kids! I put dinner in front of them and say "eat up" and they do!!

GhostOfMumsnet Tue 27-Feb-07 20:02:10


Legacy Tue 27-Feb-07 20:04:51

That 'winding down' at the end of the day is important for a pleasant bedtime.

DH still does mad shrieking and chasing of naked boys around the bedrooms after bath, and then wonders why they are always 'so naughty' for him at bedtime?

FrayedKnot Tue 27-Feb-07 20:04:57

Dh has been a parent for 20 years and I STILL have to remind him about the 5 minute warning thing.

He also gives DS way too much choice for a 2.11 year old.

DH "Shall we go swimming today, DS?"

DS "No"

Me "Well, that's that idea stuffed, then".

adath Tue 27-Feb-07 20:05:19

DP only does the 5 minute warning in the bath has not yet managed to apply it to the rest of dd's life yet.

wordgirl Tue 27-Feb-07 20:07:10

After over 13 years of parenting DH still can't get his head around the fact that they don't obey his every word He seems to think that if he asks them to do something they will actually do it whereas I very quickly realised that this wasn't in fact the case!

charmkin Tue 27-Feb-07 20:10:00

mine hasn't realised that they need tea EVERY night!

and that saying ds come here won't work
he is 1

kama Tue 27-Feb-07 20:15:54

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WinkyWinkola Tue 27-Feb-07 20:21:51

Forgetting DS's nap when I'm not about and then wondering why he is having to handle a meltdown come the afternoon.

Making DS sit for fifty minutes in front of a web cam then wondering why DS starts whining and wriggling.

But he's a good, loving dad. I think it's because he's not here all day every day that he forgets some stuff.

ellieandhattie Tue 27-Feb-07 20:34:28

that dd needs her juice beaker refilled or she'll not ask and just won't drink

she has hairy mclary book every night at bedtime do not deviate with a different book she knows its hairy mclary then sleep

that although shes dry in the day she needs a nappy at night (shes 2.5)

that dd2 at 7 weeks old does need her nightfeed and that turning over and sticking duvet over his ears will not put the bottle in the mouth and stop her crying

themoon66 Tue 27-Feb-07 20:39:24

Mine never seemed to understand that in crowded shops, you DO NOT under any circumstances, let go of the toddler! You certainly DO NOT stick your nose in a magazine in a city centre WHSmiths and expect a 2 year to amuse herself!

exbury Tue 27-Feb-07 20:44:34

emkana - your DH realised his mistake? without you pointing it out and him sulking? and he did something about it?

That, and the fact that he was bathing DDs in the first place, would make him near-as-dammit perfect in our household!

WestCountryLass Tue 27-Feb-07 21:40:03

Glad to know I am not alone, my DH does nearly all of these

kama Tue 27-Feb-07 22:22:16

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badelaide Tue 27-Feb-07 22:24:42

dh says he doesn't know how to strap ds2 into car seat, 3rd baby, same car seat

berolina Tue 27-Feb-07 22:27:20

Dh. Left. 21mo. Ds. Alone. In. The. Bath.

It was 'only' to pop into the next room and get something, but I was incandescent.

fryalot Tue 27-Feb-07 22:30:43

That children don't understand the difference between the programme he's been waiting all week to watch and .....jump on daddy and scream really loudly time!

Skribble Tue 27-Feb-07 22:34:23

DH doesn't seem to get that kids remember everything said and will not be amused if you don't go through with something.

emkana Tue 27-Feb-07 22:38:32

Well, I did point it out to him, but he admitted straight away to be wrong (which is rare for him!) and he sulked only a teeny weeny bit.

He's not bad I guess...

twoisplenty Tue 27-Feb-07 22:41:44

Dh says to ds "you need an early night because you stayed up late last night". does he expect ds to say "ok dad, yes an early night sounds just the ticket!!"??

Dh does it at least once per week!

adath Wed 28-Feb-07 07:54:12

*dh says he doesn't know how to strap ds2 into car seat, 3rd baby, same car seat*

My dp too we have a different car seat actually but it fastens in EXACTLY the same way as then old one which he had to learn to fasten really quickly while I was in hospital having ds and he and my dad had to bring dd to see me.

ellieandhattie Wed 28-Feb-07 09:25:43

forgot the car seat one - dh can strap the dd's in their seats but wouldnt have a clue how to fit them into the car if he needed to change the seats to another car and can only get dd1 into her sea wth copious (sp) amount of bribery where as I just do the mummy voicw and she cooperates

ellieandhattie Wed 28-Feb-07 09:26:21

seat not sea
voice not voicw

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