If you’re the mum of a young child you’ll probably have made a joke to a friend or family member on more than one occasion about how they’ve had you pulling your hair out. I know I have! I was recently thinking about all the things my kids have done over the years that have had me feeling like I’m pulling my hair out, and as I can laugh about them now, I thought I’d share some of them with you guys today.
I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane to put this post together. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s go!
01. When Stacey was in nursery school we went on holiday to Cornwall, and one day we decided to head into Polperro for a few hours. As we walked down into the village, Stacey decided she needed to use the toilet. And as she was a big girl, she didn’t need any help from mummy. So what did I do? I let her go into the cubicle alone while I manned it from the outside. Big mistake! Why? Because she only decided to strip off from the waist down before sitting on the toilet, and her shorts and pants landed in a muddy puddle on the floor. Yuck! Of course, it was sod’s law this happened on the one day I’d forgotten to take some spare clothes out with me, so she had to walk around in wet clothes until they dried. And the great big muddy stain on the back of her shorts made it look like she’d had an accident in her pants … lovely!
02. Last year mum and I took Oscar to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor for the day. He’d been as good as gold, and as he’s train mad he was really looking forward to the journey home. But once we got on the train, the mischief started. He took a shine to the lady sitting opposite us, and wouldn’t stop asking her questions, even though it was clear she was wanting to sit quietly and read her book. Mum and I were constantly trying to distract him, but he was having none of it. Then suddenly, out of the blue, he asked “Lady, do you have a winky?” Oh. My. God! In all fairness to her, she handled it brilliantly and told him she didn’t. But instead of leaving it there he went on to tell her who had and hadn’t got winky’s in our family. It was the biggest case of verbal diarrhoea I think he’s ever had. We just couldn’t stop him. That poor woman! I can still feel the hairs on my head turning grey whenever I think about this. I was so embarrassed. And if you’re reading this and are the lady from the train, I’m sorry again. He doesn’t usually go off like that!
03. Before Oscar came along we lived in a house with a big back garden, and every night when Stacey had gone to bed, I would go outside and water the plants. Most nights she would hear me and pull back the curtains so she could wave or pull faces at me through the window. One night though, I looked up and saw her sobbing her heart out. Worried she’d hurt herself, I ran inside and up the stairs quicker than I’d ever done before, only to find her sitting at the bottom of the bed with the curtain in her hand. She’d only pulled it back too hard and pulled the whole rail down, bits of wall and all! Needless to say, she wouldn’t wave at me through the window after that!
04. I think it’s safe to say that Oscar is the worst listener in the whole world! He refuses to listen to a word that anyone says. Unless of course, I’ve told him we’re doing something on a certain day, or he can have a treat for doing something good. That he hears. And he doesn’t forget. He will go on, and on, and on, and on, until he gets what he’s been promised. If only I could get him to listen to everything else I say!
05. I’m usually one of those super smug mums who is always telling people how much my kids love each other and how well they get along. But this school holiday they have done nothing but bicker! I feel like I’ve spent the last 3 weeks doing nothing but play referee. Please tell me this will end soon, guys. I don’t think I can cope with it for much longer!
06. When Stacey was almost 3, I was upstairs putting some washing away when she decided to sit on the top step and keep leaning forward as if she was going to throw herself down them. I kept fetching her away and explained that if she wasn’t careful she would fall and hurt herself. But, in typical toddler fashion, she didn’t listen. And the next thing I knew she’d leaned too far and fallen. My mum was downstairs and went rushing over to her to be told that, wait for it … I’d pushed her! I couldn’t believe it, and was really upset that she thought I’d done it. That wasn’t the end of it though. Over the next few weeks she told everyone we knew how I’d pushed her downstairs. We laugh about it now, but at the time I was convinced that social services were going to knock at my door and I’d find myself in big trouble.
07. And last but certainly not least, Oscar is still not sleeping for more than a couple of hours a night. It’s so frustrating, and I’ve started to experience actual hair loss, which my doctor is convinced is caused by a lack of sleep. I’m getting an average of about 2 hours per night at the moment, which is a far cry from the recommended 8. I hate the way my hair looks now it’s beginning to fall out, and I’ve recently been looking at the hair transplant cost at the Harley Street Hair Clinic, as I feel I may need some serious help from them if things don’t start to improve for me soon. I mean, I know I don’t have the nicest hair, but I don’t want to lose it all yet. I’m only 32!
And there you have it, the 7 things my kids have done over the years that have had me, quite literally, pulling my hair out!
Do you have any stories to share of the things your kids do that make you pull your hair out?
Let me know in the comments below!