Advanced search

What's for lunch today? Take inspiration from Mumsnetters' tried-and-tested recipes in our Top Bananas! cookbook - now under £10

Find out more

For a giggle.. What are YOUR parenting 'mantras' when all is TOTES shite??;)

(37 Posts)
StoicButStressed Mon 21-Jan-13 13:50:43

My stock ones are 1 & 2, but the other two make me smile so included them too, have always been:

1) 'Absolute love, absolute boundaries' - for when DC's (ESP the teen bitangry) being vile, driving me nuts, making me wish never bloody had them, &/or when facing really serious vile shit 'challenging' grin
2) 'This too shall pass' - for when positively frickin suicidal a tad overwhelmed wink
3) My newest one (from MN yest grin) 'Perspective is ALL' smile
4) The one I tried (for, ooohh, a day or so until the next VERY eewweeyy dayblush) but learnt to ignore a looooonnnnggggg time ago blushblushblush - on basis of the VERY handy mantra Needs Must wink - but if you say it's only me I will SOOOO know you're lyingwink... was the Sunday Times Columnist's fess-up one re wine wine wine craving which she was succumbing to at about 5pmshockwink as her sanity saviour (ESP when at home with L'IL DC's all day) but to which she then created mantra of "No wine before 6 o'clock mummy" to resolve...(no, me too betting she off-loaded that mantra herself within a few weeks of writing it grin)

Would LOVE to know yours??!! grin thanks

mum47 Mon 21-Jan-13 13:53:21

Mine is "this too shall pass" as well!

My other newyears resolution mantra is "No Wine till Wednesday" (not working)wine

WankbadgersBreakfast Mon 21-Jan-13 13:55:03

"this is my mother's revenge. I will have mine."

StoicButStressed Mon 21-Jan-13 13:55:24

mum47 - just out of curiosity, how long DID the wine one last? grin

ouryve Mon 21-Jan-13 13:57:13

At Christmas mine is "peace and goodwill" - usually muttered through gritted teeth.

The rest of the year "Deep breaths"

glenthebattleostrich Mon 21-Jan-13 13:59:40

Love the mothers revenge one!

Only xx hours til bedtime, or at least I can send them to boarding school at 7!

NameGotLostInCyberspace Mon 21-Jan-13 14:36:54

Mine is "Whatever works!" Yes I do bribe my children with chocaolate alot

MaureenShit Mon 21-Jan-13 14:37:33

i object to not only the TITLE of this thread but the overuse of bloody smillies

ONE step from tickers and Hun

StoicButStressed Mon 21-Jan-13 16:07:30

'Objection' noted MaureenShit

Apologise sincerely if have upset your sensibilities sad sad sad sad
Hope you'll accept my gestures of apology wine flowers wine flowers
Hopefully you're all better now smile smile smile smile smile
I'd offer tickers if knew what they were (???), but in interim, can only offer apologies hon grin

ellesabe Mon 21-Jan-13 20:13:19

Mine is...

It's quite funny if you think about it

grants1000 Tue 22-Jan-13 00:46:32

I used to go lock myself in the utility room for one track very loud in my ears on the ipod and lay down on the floor, just to get them out of my head and not hearing them for 5 mns (obvs they would be left safely) just needed some other noised other than children in my head for a while, worked wonders

AnathemaDevice Tue 22-Jan-13 08:06:08

Mine is 'they'll leave home one day'

ducksinthedustbin Tue 22-Jan-13 09:16:41

my child is not giving me a hard time, my child is having a hard time

.. but today I just want to bash my head against a wall sad

attheendoftheday Tue 22-Jan-13 11:27:53

It's just a phase.

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 22-Jan-13 11:33:41

Remember, you are not managing an inconvenience. You are raising a human being.

StoicButStressed Tue 22-Jan-13 11:35:42

I sometimes think the "they'll leave home one day" too Anathema ... and am then RIVEN with guiltblush ... LOVE grants1000 one, but my utility room has very cold floor so not sure doable without some discomfort here? And poor ducksingthedustbin - here, have this brew. Do love your mantra but the level of sainthood like patience tolerance needed for that one for days on end is realistically beyond me (am bad mamma!)

AnathemaDevice Tue 22-Jan-13 16:12:56

I don't always mean that I'm looking forward to them leaving home (just sometimes!).

It's just a way of reminding myself that whatever horrible phase is happening, it won't be forever, and they'll be grown up and independent before I know it. I'll miss the little sodsdarlings when they do go, I'm sure.

LifeofPo Tue 22-Jan-13 16:20:12

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

StoicButStressed Tue 22-Jan-13 17:06:08

RandallPinkFloyd Thanks for the reminder...

...In turn, I'll help you out by reminding you that you surely must have a sense of humour buried in there somewhere (as appears to have gone awol)? Is a light-hearted, gallows sense of humour thread, apols if that bothers you.. and if does, why read? Do though please be fully reassured that I ('I' being the operative word, as doing it alone) am well aware I am raising 'a' (aka 3 DSs) 'human being'. Suggest look at my other posts to see all I have managed as a parent? And hoping the awol SOH returns soon, as life just too short to have it away forever sweetiepie x

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 22-Jan-13 17:40:13

I thought Randall might have been speaking tongue in cheek apols if wrong.

Okay new one for me this week, facing DD(17). (O yes! You tthink it stops being stressy when they are older, wrong!!). After particular hair raising evening, hissed,
"You wait 'til you're a mum!"

A few assumptions there but in my defence I was a bit stressed.

FergusSingsTheBlues Tue 22-Jan-13 17:43:18

Is the off license still open?

InNeedOfBrandy Tue 22-Jan-13 17:43:42

Mine is 6pm They go to bed at 7/7:30 but if I'm having a hard day they have to be in their jamas and in their bedroom by 6. So on bad days I chant over and over again 6pm 6pm 6pm grin

weegiemum Tue 22-Jan-13 17:47:34

Yy to "this too shall pass" (dd1 is 13 in 2 weeks!!)

If you hit anyone you lose all your gaming time!

Anything you dont eat, Dad will!!!

lorisparkle Tue 22-Jan-13 18:25:05

my friend says to me - don't moan about this phase the next one could be worse. not very reassuringgrin

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 22-Jan-13 18:31:00

Blimey op keep your hair on.

It's a phrase I say to myself all the time, I thought that was what you were asking for confused

And I'm an LP too so you can stick your pa bollocks where the sun don't shine.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: