After finding myself apologising to a teddy for it being left on the floor, I momentarily questioned my sanity. The more I got thinking about it, the more I realised that since becoming a parent I often did things that would be perceived as abnormal behaviour had I done it pre-baby. Behaviour that might gain me some queer looks in public, or even bring on the men in white coats, suddenly becomes acceptable. I decided to devise a list of all the absurd things that we get away with as parents. And to make myself feel a little more normal, I also asked fellow bloggers to share theirs! So here we go, 29 weird things we do as parents:
- Making airplane noises every time we hold a utensil because we all know our child would rather eat an airplane!
- Having conversations with our babies knowing fine well they aren’t going to respond. “What did you do at Nana’s today?” *blank stare from child* “Ooooh, did you really?!” *continued blank stare from child*
- Using saliva to clean our children’s faces, even though we know it’s wrong on all levels.
- Having conversations with inanimate objects and waving goodbye when we put them away. After all, we don’t want to hurt their feelings!
- Turning your life into a musical and singing about everything you do. Even better if there’s already a song for it – “Shake it like a Polaroid picture!”
- Dancing around like a parent possessed. The wilder, the better. And if there’s a mirror…day made!
- Blaming the furniture for your children hurting themselves – “Oh that naughty table!”
- Using clothing as a substitute for tissues – snot galore!
- Saying silly words in adult company such as ‘nee naw’ when you should say ambulance because you’re talking to Brian and Brian is 40. (Thanks Nic for this one!)
- Eating invisible food and complimenting your child on how delicious it was. British Bake-off here we come!
- Playing Peekaboo on your own as they’ve got bored and buggered off. (Thanks again, Nic)
- Getting super excited when there’s an episode of In the Night Garden that you haven’t seen.
- Teaching our toddlers how to use pens..we all know that’s asking for trouble! Goodbye beautifully painted walls!
- Following an animals name with the sound they make – “Lion…Roooooar!”
- Discussing the colour and consistency of poo, over dinner, like it’s world class news (Laura at www.fivelittledoves.com)
- Rocking from side to side in public places with no baby in my arms! (Lauren at www.sophiesnursery.com)
- The white lies we tell… “No, mummy isn’t eating chocolate, it’s special medicine” (Naomi at www.mebecomingmum.co.uk)
- Picking your child’s nose. I hope I’m not the only one who admits to this. (Samantha at www.porridgeandparenting.com)
- The excited and animated pointing out of any emergency vehicle that’s passing! (Wendy at www.daisiesandpie.co.uk)
- Referring to yourself permanently in the third person whilst giving a running commentary on what you’re doing. “Mummy’s just going to have a wee and then she’ll put the washing on.” (Hayley at devonmama.com)
- Shouting “doggy!” when you see one – even if the kids aren’t with you! (Eva at www.captainbobcat.com)
- Clapping and cheering when they’ve pooed in the potty/toilet! (Jo at PickleandPoppet.uk)
- Talking to yourself in the car because you forget there’s no child in the back of the car for once. (Sarah at www.digitalmotherhood.com)
- Sniffing your child’s bottom in public. (Sarah at www.lovinglifewithlittleones.com)
- Constantly cancelling every meeting and play date as one of the snotty things are ill again! I think I’d have no friends left if this was pre-kids. (Sarah at www.runjumpscrap.com)
- Singing in public, such as in the supermarket. Or humming loudly all the time as it used to soothe my daughter. (Katy at www.katykicker.com)
- Calling your husband ‘Daddy’ (Tina at mothergeek.co.uk)
- Pointing out tractors or diggers on journeys. Even when the kid isn’t with me…! (Sarah at www.mumzilla.co.uk)
- Saying absurd comments like “Stop licking the dishwasher” and “We don’t eat oxo cubes!” (Claire at www.thehappyweaner.com)
How many can you relate to? Do you do anything as a parent that you could not get away with pre-baby? Share it in the comments! 🙂
Also thanks to the following for their contribution:
Nadia at www.scandimummy.com, Amy at www.thesmallestofthings.com, Victoria at www.mummytimestwo.com, Clare at www.emmysmummy.com, Kat at confessionworkingmum.com, Emma at thecheshirewife.com and Alison at instantmumoftwo.com