My feed

to access all these features

This topic is for sponsored discussions. If you'd like to run one with us, please email [email protected].

MNHQ have commented on this thread

Sponsored threads

Have you dealt with Nursery Run Dramas and Tears At Drop-Off? Share your stories with Rob and Josh from Parenting Hell - £200 voucher to be won

88 replies

MaddyMumsnet · 08/11/2022 14:24

Created for Spotify

This activity is now closed.

In celebration of the launch of Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s new podcast Parenting Hell, Mumsnet are offering the chance to win a £200 voucher. Has your DC clung to your legs at the school gates, or have they thrown an epic temper tantrum when you forgot their favourite snack? Let the guys know about your funny tales in the thread below.

  • Post your stories in the thread below to be entered into a prize draw*
  • One lucky MNer will win a £200 voucher for a store of their choice.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!


Insight T&Cs apply
*Mumsnet plans to run a prize promotion on their website in relation to the launch of the podcast “Parenting Hell” between [8th November - 22nd November] (“Prize Promotion”). Mumsnet agrees, warrants and undertakes that Mumsnet is the sole party organising and administering the Prize Promotion, Mumsnet (and any of its affiliates and subcontractors) is and shall be compliant with all laws, regulations, guidelines, codes and best industry practice in relation to the Prize Promotion, Spotify will have no liability in respect of the Prize Promotion and Mumsnet shall indemnify Spotify in respect of any and all loss, damages, claims and expenses arising out of the Prize Promotion.
OP posts:
sharond101 · 08/11/2022 19:14

My Daughter screamed on the way to school as she would miss me saying through yells and screams, "But you are my favourite human being!" Funny now but stressful at the time.

Karenaki · 09/11/2022 10:52

My daughter (now 8) has always had a certain amount of sass. God help me once she’s a teenager.
When she was 3 we were struggling with her behaviour and I found it hard not to lose my temper. I (foolishly) made a deal that I’d try not to shout if she’d try to do as she is told.
the next time she played up I reminded her that she said she’d do as she was told, and I wasn’t shouting as i’d agreed, she responded ‘no mummy, I said I would try

UndercoverCS · 09/11/2022 13:09

Our lowest parenting moment a few months ago - In the middle of the night I suddenly became struck down with norovirus, and that kicked off 24 hours of vomiting every half an hour. That was bad enough but I figured at least my husband could take care of our toddler while I lay in bed and tried not to die. However at about 10am, he started his half hourly run to the toilet and we were both down. We spent the day on the sofas in a daze while our energetic (and perfectly healthy!) toddler ran feral in the front room, periodically having to dash to be sick. A real low point came when my husband was in the bathroom being sick and I was on toddler watch. Then the urge overcame me so my poor daughter had to witness me projectile vomiting into a washing up bowl while trying to reassure her that ‘mummy is fine’.

i thought she’d be scarred from the experience but I’m now pregnant again with hyperemesis and my daughters new thing to do is to go to the toilet and pretend to be sick down it like she sees me doing every day. So clearly we didn’t traumatise her too much!

katienana · 09/11/2022 13:16

I once dropped my son off at nursery the morning after my youngest sons christening. As I handed him to his key worker he looked up at me, smiled, and then announced "mummy was sick in a taxi and fell asleep on the doorstep yesterday." I mumbled something about self inflicted and ran before he could say anything else incriminating.
I had gotten really drunk, and left our house keys locked in the car at the venue. So dh had to retrieve them in a taxi which I wasn't allowed to get into, and when they all came back I was asleep on the doorstep. Not my finest moment. I have banned dh from telling this story!

katienana · 09/11/2022 13:17

BTW parenting hell is my fave podcast!

Baboutheocelot · 09/11/2022 16:36

I was having a nice moment with my newborn and my older son. Baby finally asleep in my arms, I’m helping my son to build a duplo tower with my free hand. All lovely until the tower got a bit too tall and toppled over on to the babies head before I could block it with my hand.
Que the baby waking up crying hysterically and my son running to hide under his bed, also crying. I didn’t know which to help first and the moment was well and truly ruined.

Dizzywizz · 10/11/2022 09:16

My youngest used to cry every single day on nursery drop off, and then be good as gold 5 mins later…I’ve seen this from working at a nursery myself, a couple of mins after child is crying at mum or dad leaving, they’re then right as rain!!! It’s just the separation they find painful.

BloodyMabel · 10/11/2022 16:12

My little girl threw a massive tantrum in a shop the other day after she fell in love with a really crap plastic reindeer!

Trying to get her to put it back on the shelf, I loudly said nobody would want to buy such a load of rubbish. Turned around and of course there was a woman glaring at me with not one but THREE reindeer in her basket, oops! 🤦🏻‍♀️

MerculesHorse · 10/11/2022 16:39

We used to have a park by the nursery. I have more than once had to fireman carry multiple children out of it at the same time because they Just. Would. Not. Leave. Imagine Luisa in encanto but with toddlers and tears.

Jenn3112 · 10/11/2022 20:41

My eldest managed to lock himself in the car outside nursery as a toddler, I let him play with my keys to keep him quiet while I did his car seat up. My phone was in the car as well so I had to go in and ask for the staff to ring a breakdown service for me. I would say I learned my lesson and it never happened again, but it did, and second time we had to break a window as it was a hot day. Didn't happen a third time though, my son wasn't ever allowed to play with the keys again!

Bearfrills · 10/11/2022 23:16

DC wanted his dad to take him to nursery school because he was fed up of me taking him every day. His dad had to go to work so couldn't but he explained that he'd take a half day and would pick him up at home time instead.

At home time the teacher brought all the children to the door and started letting them go one at a time. Son got to the front of the line and his dad stepped forwards.

Son turned to his nursery teacher and said "no one is here for me".

His dad said "I'm here for him, I'm his dad".

Son to the nursery teacher: "I don't know who that man is..."

Teacher wouldn't let his dad take him and ended up ringing me to verify that actually yes, he did know that man and yes, that IS his dad.

Bearfrills · 10/11/2022 23:18

Same child, not six weeks later, told the same teacher that his dad had been sent to jail.

His dad was not in jail.

voyager50 · 11/11/2022 07:23

In a rush to get out I hadn't realised he had come to school in his slippers and I had to drop him off then go back home to bring his school shoes in - not really a drama but a lot of time wasted.

DinkyDaffodil · 11/11/2022 13:23

My son loves the ride on toys - and they are not always out - that area is reserved for a different activity. On these days he would break down in tears for the fact that the yellow tractor is not there. I therefore found out in advance when the tractors would not be out - and prepare for the day that way.

BristolMum96 · 11/11/2022 13:30

My child was just perfect and no fuss when starting nursery. Starting school was another matter entirely but luckily wore off after the first few weeks!

lovemyflipflops · 11/11/2022 13:32

My DS1 cried hysterically when first being left at playgroup, and really would not settle. I solved this by becoming a helper in the kitchen, chopping fruit and making lots of toast (and teas and coffees for the parents who were on rota in the kitchen) DS knew I was not in eyesight - but was there - gradually he settled and I was able to get those 2 hours of peace.

ohdannyboy · 11/11/2022 13:46

I have has all of the emotional blackmail going to prevent me taking my DC's to pre-school, especially at the end of a school holiday. I told them that I would wait in the playground for them - and sure enough i was there when the classroom door opened - (the fact I went home and caught up with my work never crossed their mind - they thought I was in the corridor the whole time)

Aethelfleda · 11/11/2022 14:37

My DS used to have drama-queen timing.
Trip to nursery in the car: fine.
Parking the car: fine.
Walking happily into the setting: fine.
Me saying Bye bye, I’ll be back soon: “WAAAAH!!”
Child would then cry inconsolably while I left, for exactly 60 seconds (staff timed it) after which he’d stop and immediately go happily playing as if nothing had happened.
What a professional.

problembottom · 11/11/2022 16:53

When my daughter was three I picked her up from nursery and they'd managed to lose her woolly hat in the course of the day. Once she realised it wasn't coming home she lay down right across the nursery gate and screamed her head off. Meaning no kids and parents could come in or out and it was prime pick up time. Managed to to pick her up limbs failing and set off for home carrying her like a surfboard, waving goodbye to the queue. Such fun.

problembottom · 11/11/2022 16:54

limbs flailing, not failing!

Chooka15 · 11/11/2022 18:14

My (now 22) year made sure he saved his poos for the bath, every time he had a bath he had a poo, amongst his bath toys were a sieve for when he shot one out at short notice. When he was around 3 years old and happily splashing around I was crouched down next to the bath getting his baby brother ready for getting in with him, my 3 year old did a tell tale grunt…I popped his brother on the changing mat next to the bath and scooped the 3 year old out of the bath, as I did he promptly shat straight on his brother as he passed over him 🤦🏼‍♀️

sharond101 · 11/11/2022 19:45

I used to pack little surprises in their bags so they would be excited to see what was there at snack time. Made them happier to go in.

Lurleene · 11/11/2022 22:47

I do remember a very pregnant Mum rocking up at pick up time wearing a tshirt bearing the message 'If you think I'm a bitch then fuck off'.😕 Luckily the kids couldn't read yet.

pushchairprincess · 12/11/2022 11:37

I think children learn off each other - my DC was ok for the first few days , but after seeing other children in hysterics - and kept off the next day - decided to copy the behaviour. I had a word with the teacher, as I wanted to try to help the settling in process. I found that stickers helped, one for each session, and 5 stickers resulted in a Happy Meal and a happy child

MumC2141 · 12/11/2022 14:15

Oldest child wouldn’t take coat off for the whole of the first term at nursery, so it ended up pretty paint covered from all the crafts.

Please create an account

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.