02 June 2015

4 Mini Wins of Parenthood


With parenthood comes highs and lows, that's all part of the package. But even when your day doesn't go to plan with a 4am start, explosive nappies, toddler tantrums in Tesco and your home being redecorated with baby food, there are (nearly) always things to celebrate. 

These are a few mini wins you may experience as a mum or dad. It's all about being positive.




Your keys are nowhere to be seen. They aren't in your bag among the wet wipes and overflowing Tupperware pots of snacks, they aren't hanging in the hallway above your child's latest wallpaper doodles and they aren't in the door where you vaguely remember leaving them. A feeling of panic overcomes you and after ensuring they haven't been posted out through the letterbox you head to the bathroom to peer around the door. Surprisingly they aren't in the toilet or floating in a bubble filled sink with Barbies so you don't need to go fishing! You eventually discover them deep in the depths of the toy box, after activating every musical item possible in the process, which makes you incredibly late to leave but you are filled with joy that they aren't dripping wet in pee and poop and in need of some anti-bac spray. You can moonwalk your way to the car while fist pumping.


You know the importance of fruit and veg in your child's diet but unfortunately they may prefer a dish of ketchup covered protein and carbs without anything green in sight. That tablespoon of petit pois often sits on the Dora the Explorer themed plate uneaten, carrot sticks are discreetly flicked across the table like Hawkeye arrows and broccoli 'accidentally' falls for the pets to trample into the flooring. Today however the blender made an appearance and the onions, mushrooms and tomatoes were pulped to perfection so your little ones get their five a day without screaming... even if it's because you didn't dare mention that there was something healthy inside! You can wink at your partner and eat your spaghetti bolognese with a smirk on your face and worry about the orange stained clothes later.
Parents 1 - Kids 0.


If your little one suddenly emerges from their room with a hat on and they aren't about to go in the garden to play, this usually means one thing. They discovered the scissors. If however they decided to add glue, glitter or Play-Doh to their locks you're probably in luck! It is far easier to remove unwanted products (or even nits), despite using an entire family-sized bottle of Tresemme, than it is to style an extremely short and wonky fringe or random bald patches, however much of a hairdresser you may be. You can also be grateful that it's not an electric toy train tangled in their hair, I speak from experience - and it was my curls not the kid's that were destroyed. It's best not to ask for the full story!


There will come a time when the washing machine is switched on and just as you walk away you notice coins, conkers, action figures, half a biscuit and other random objects spinning around with your dirty laundry. The door won't unlock on your appliance once the water starts flowing so you will have no choice but to put up with the rattling for several hours until the cycle is complete, or you can drown out the sound with 'Something Special' or 'Rar Rar the Noisy Lion' on repeat. Just be pleased that in between the children fighting, being rescued from crawling up the stairs and demanding a boob or bottle that you actually managed to tick a chore off your list. If they come out dirtier than they went in that's okay right? They will only get messy again anyway.





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45 comments :

  1. Absolutely brilliant post, really enjoyed it and laughed out loud throughout! Ty

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  2. This is brilliant, so true and really witty. This is definitely my life with two little toddlers around the house. Made me laugh a lot xxx #sharewithme

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  3. I loved this and can relate to every single thing on the list x #sharewithme

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one that has these experiences lol x

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  4. Lovely post - I am totally there with the one about getting the 5 a day in in a sneaky fashion - doing a sneaky internal fist pump all the way there. #MMWBH

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    1. If they don't know they can't moan *high five* x

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  5. hahahahaha, excellent. I loved this post xxx

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  6. I love your writing style! Very funny read :)

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  7. Great post. I always end up getting the blender out to hide vegetables in dinners. I love the positive outlook of spotting something in the washing machine. This has happened to me many times, even to the point of the little one switching the machine off mid cycle or changing the cycle completely, but like you say it;s one thing ticked off and it's one thing less to do :) #MMWBH

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    1. More recently it has been money... Finders keepers ;) x

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  8. Fantastic post hunny and so true. I think we can all relate here. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

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  9. Another great read! My girlfriend and I really enjoy your blog :)

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    1. Thanks Ross, I really appreciate that :) x

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  10. A really humorous blog, and so true! The things I've managed to sneak into the children's food has been quite imaginative at times, but it all counts!

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  11. LOL! I HATE it when there are coins clanking around in my washing machine. You pretty much hit the nail on the head with this post.

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  12. This is so funny. Some days a mini win or two is enough to keep you going to the next day!

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  13. OMG I'm laughing so much at this! It's so funny, I have so many friends whom are parents and they tell me these stories in preparation for being a mom one day.

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  14. Hahaha OMG!!! I totally relate to all of this since I spend my days with a crazy 3 year old!

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  15. I love this post! There have been plenty of days when some of these have happened to me!

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  16. Lol. I can relate. We had the same scenario when my kids were that age.

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  17. You had me laughing! I love your post!

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  18. Yes, you have to look at the positive in your life because raising kids is so hard. You can really bring yourself down if focus on all the hard stuff.

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  19. This made me giggle. Sometimes you really do need to look at the positive side of things

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  20. This is a great post. I can definitely relate to having mini wins.

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  21. Oh yes, I so can relate to this when I had two toddlers, I often used to lock myself in the loo just so I could have a hot cup of tea!

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  22. Oh how true are these. I usually experience at least one of them a day!

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  23. Haha so funny! We can all relate to this one x

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  24. Great post - just pleased mine are that bit older now and this seems like many moons ago....(though I miss it sometimes!)

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  25. Fantastic post! So funny! I can totally relate to this x

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  26. oh thems were the days! Mine is now 16, and that brings a whole other load of stuff!! x

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  27. Ha ha seems like we can all relate to this one ;-)

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  28. Oh the wonky fringe thing - I have some hilarious pics of my daughter age 5 after a self done haircut!

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  29. Ha ha this is excellent! I have visions of my boy appearing with a hat on now and a sheepish face! xx

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  30. Oh my, I read this and cackled all the way through and now I feel guilty ha x

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  31. Funny! Doesn't ketchup count as one of your 5 a day? ;)

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  32. My mini win today was opening the pan cupboard and narrowly avoiding a bonk to the head as three pans slid viciously towards me. The kids emptied the dishwasher this morning and their method of stacking pans leaves a lot to be desired but concussion dives aside at least they actually helped by emptying the dishwasher even if it makes life a little more perilous for me!

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  33. Ha ha this is so, so true and like a glimpse into my world!!

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  34. Hahaha! Loved this - all true in this house at some point! Kaz x

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  35. I am so glad we have passed most of these phases unscathed!

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